Go for a hike and walk a shelter dog with Conserving Carolina and Foothills Humane Society

Published 10:05 am Monday, November 8, 2021

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Hikers, and their dogs, are invited to join Conserving Carolina and the Foothills Humane Society (FHS) on Saturday, December 4 at 12 p.m. for a 7-mile hike along the Green River Cove trail in the Green River Game Lands. Conserving Carolina’s Southeast Stewardship Manager, Pam Torlina, will lead the hike from the trailhead off of Green River Cove Road.


This is a great opportunity to give a shelter dog a break from the shelter and allow them to enjoy a nice, socializing walk in the woods. There is a limit to the number of dogs that can come from the shelter, so if you’re interested in walking a dog, please contact Stephanie Aull, Community Relations Manager and Development Coordinator for FHS by Wednesday, November 24th to arrange a time for training orientation, pairing with the appropriate dog, and to sign a volunteer waiver. Stephanie can be reached at, stephanie@foothillshumanesociety.org. Participants may also bring their own dog on the hike so long as they are kept on leash and do not have any nose-to-nose meetings with the shelter dogs.

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The 7-mile moderate hike is 3.5-miles out and 3.5-miles back and begins with a gradual incline along a steep bank, but then levels out as the trail parallels the Green River.  There are a few ups and downs along the trail, but the elevation change over the entire length of the hike is no more than just over 400 feet.  There are several stream crossings along the trail and the trail terminates just below the Narrows…with no view of the Narrows, but beautiful views of the river.


If you are interested in attending the Conserving Carolina/FHS hike at the Green River Game Lands, pre-registration is mandatory, and space is limited to 20 participants. To RSVP and sign up for the hike, visit Conserving Carolina’s website calendar event at conservingcarolina.org/calendar/.


For your safety, do not attempt any hike beyond your ability and experience. Hikers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear and dogs must be on a leash and accustomed to being around many other dogs. Bring a bag lunch and/or snack and plenty of water (don’t forget snacks for your pooch!). Please be sure to bring any personal medication that you may require. 

In case of inclement weather, please contact Pam Torlina by e-mail by 9 a.m. on the day of the hike and/or check the Conserving Carolina Facebook page to see if the hike will take place. 

Conserving Carolina, your local land trust, works to protect, restore, and inspire appreciation of nature. Learn more and become a member at conservingcarolina.org.

Foothills Humane Society is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) no-kill animal welfare organization located on 11 acres nestled in the bucolic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Polk County, North Carolina. They offer adoption-guarantee and serve all of Polk County, NC and when capacity permits, they also serve Landrum, Campobello, and Gowensville in the Upstate of SC. For more info visit, www.foothillshumanesociety.org.


Submitted by Pam Torlina