Conserving Carolina’s Spring Hiking Series begins this month
Published 9:02 am Friday, February 4, 2022
Conserving Carolina invites the community to enjoy the work that conservation organizations have done over the years to preserve our area’s natural resources. These special places not only provide important habitat for our native flora and fauna, but they also provide the public with the benefit of recreational opportunities such as walking, hiking, mountain biking, birding, botanizing, solitude, and so much more. This series will offer an opportunity to enjoy the spring season through five guided hikes taking place every other Friday.
Starting February 18, the first trek will head to the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area and Heritage Preserves in Upstate South Carolina for a 4.5 mile, moderate, loop offering long-range views of the surrounding Piedmont.
The next hike, on March 4, will take place in the Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest and offer a 6.6 mile, moderate, loop hike that will include views of Twin Falls.
On March 18, hikers head to Jocassee Gorges Wilderness Area in South Carolina for a 7.1 mile, moderate, out and back hike along the Foothills Trail. The trail will parallel Laurel Fork Creek to the point where it drops 80-feet, creating Laurel Fork Falls, before entering Lake Jocassee.
On April 1, the group will head to Dupont State Recreational Forest for a 5.3 mile, moderate, loop hike along the Reasonover Creek trail and to Lake Julia.
Finally, on April 15, the group will hike Conserving Carolina’s newest trail, a 4 mile, moderate, out and back to the summit of Youngs Mountain in Hickory Nut Gorge. This hike will offer spectacular views of Lake Lure, Rumbling Bald, and Weed Patch Mountain.
Space is limited and re-registration is required. To register and for more information, visit Conserving Carolina’s website and “calendar” tab, conservingcarolina.org/calendar.
Conserving Carolina, your local land trust, works to protect, restore, and inspire appreciation of nature. Learn more and become a member at conservingcarolina.org.
Submitted by Pam Torlina