Getting Together for Conservation

We often schedule hikes on beautiful trails neighboring the Blue Ridge Parkway, and we’d love for you to join us. And bring the kids. We also hold fundraising and “friendraising” receptions in various parts of the state, to educate people about conservation’s benefits and to advance the cause of land protection.

Saturday, September 23: Wildacres Retreat, 10:30 a.m.

CTNC partnered with Foothills Conservancy of NC to conserve the iconic Wildacres Retreat. The 1,000+ acre property contains five miles of streams and six miles of hiking trails below the dramatic Deerlick Gap Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The two-hour hike will weave through rhododendron forests, pristine streams, and scenic vistas. A picnic lunch will follow the hike.

Meet in the parking lot at the Wildacres Retreat on Wildacres Road between Highway 226A (near Little Switzerland) and the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 336.3).

Hosts: Conservation Trust for North Carolina, Foothills Conservancy, and Wildacres Retreat.

Saturday, October 7: Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall Hike, 9:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

The Waterfalls Farm is a 280-acre property protected by Blue Ridge Conservancy. The land consists of open fields and mature hardwood and pine forests, with a trail leading hikers to a beautiful cascading waterfall on Waterfalls Creek. Early October will provide cooler weather, gorgeous fall colors, hawk migration sightings and views of Bullhead Mountain State Natural Area. The hike is considered strenuous including rugged terrain to and from the base of the falls. Participants should wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring a good walking stick, water, snacks. This hike is not recommended for children under 12 or pets.

We’ll meet at the Air Bellows Overlook (Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 236.9). Lunch, courtesy of Bob and Roddy Dixon, will be provided at noon, for both the morning and afternoon hiking groups.

Hosts: Conservation Trust for North Carolina, Blue Ridge Conservancy, and Piedmont Land Conservancy.

Registration is limited, so please respond early. To RSVP, click here or contact Hannah Vet at 919-828-4199 x 14. All hikes will be held rain or shine, and rain gear is recommended. Registrants will receive details for each hike one week before the date.

In addition, check out your local land trust’s website for opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature on their protected properties.