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

Published 10:11 am Thursday, March 31, 2022

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Hikers, and their dogs, are invited to join Conserving Carolina and the Foothills Humane Society (FHS) on Saturday, April 9 for a 5.5-mile hike at Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve in South Carolina.

This is a great opportunity for the dogs to get a break from the shelter and allow them to enjoy a nice, socializing walk in the woods. Volunteers have stepped up and have already been paired with eight dogs from the shelter. However, participants may 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.

The 5.5-mile hike is 2.75-miles out and 2.75-miles back and it starts out as relatively easy, winding through new growth forest and along several streams, gradually becoming moderately strenuous as the trail ascends Squirrel Mountain through a rich hardwood forest with beautiful rock outcroppings. After reaching the ridge top, the trail descends Squirrel Mountain through a lush cove forest to the South Pacolet River, at the base of Chestnut Ridge.

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If you are interested in attending the Conserving Carolina/FHS hike at Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve, 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  If you miss this great opportunity, look forward to the next collaboration taking place on May 14th!


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

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,


Submitted by Pam Torlina