Hike & Learn Series
Join us at one or all of our events. We will start with the Learn by hearing from a trail group or trail expert, then take a moderate 3-4 mile Hike, and end with lunch together! (Photo: DbD)
Oct 23, 9:00 am Hike & Learn Asheville – Park in the free parking lot under the 240 overpass near the Smoky Park Supper Club (350 Riverside Dr #3141, Asheville, NC 28801). We will gather in the parking lot and learn about Connect Buncombe and get an update from Lucy Crown, the Greenway Planner for the City of Asheville. We will then walk 2 miles along the Wilma Dykeman Greenway to the Fonta Flora State Trail terminus. Next, we turn back to our parking and decide on where we would like to lunch/brunch together. Extra Parking – 162 Craven St, Asheville, NC 28806 – parking lot across the Craven Street bridge, next to New Belgium.
Co-host: Connect Buncombe
Nov 6, 9:00 am Hike & Learn Old Fort – Meet at the Ride House to hear from Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina. We will hike a 3-mile section in Old Fort on property acquired by FCNC and transferred to North Carolina State Parks and Recreation. Trail is not open to the public. After, lunch on your own at Hillman Beer! Special Guest: Brittany Watkins, Special Projects Coordinator at FCNC and oversaw trail construction
Co-host: McDowell Trails Association
Dec 11, 9:00 am Hike & Learn LJSP Visitor Center – Meet at new Lake James State Park Visitor Center off Lake James State Park Road – Nebo. We will learn from a State Park Ranger and then hike across the 250 foot Cove Bridge for an out and back of Long Arm Peninsula for about a 3-mile total. After, we will have lunch together in the area.
Co-host: Lake James State Park
Thursday, April 21 – Annual Membership Meeting, 6:00 Details to come.
June 1, 10:00 am Hike & Learn McDowell – 2 Meet at the McDowell House (166 US 70 West) for a hike along the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway. We will start at the amphitheater located near the beginning of the trail for the learn from McDowell Trails Association. Lunch after at J Hartman’s.
May 15, 10:00 am Hike & Learn Buncombe – Starting at the Parks and Rec Building (304 Black Mountain Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711), we will hike along Terry Estate Drive & Vance Avenue (planned greenway connection to The Oaks Trail), walk the The Oaks Trail (part of FFST) and around the Community Garden to see garden, public art, disc golf, and little library. Then walk back for about a 3 mile adventure! Lunch at F3ST Business Partner Foothills Local Meats
May 1, 10:00 am Hike & Learn McDowell 1 – Meet at the Ride House to hear from Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina. We will hike a 3-mile section in Old Fort on property acquired by FCNC and transferred to North Carolina State Parks and Recreation. Trail location cannot be disclosed yet since it is not open to the public. After, lunch on your own at Hillman Beer! Special Guest: Brittany Watkins, Special Projects Coordinator at FCNC and oversaw trail construction
April 17, 10:00 am Hike & Learn Burke – Meet at the Burke County Park Trailhead (126 NC-126, Morganton, NC 28655) for a hike to the covered bridge and the boardwalk section. At the trailhead head, we will hear from Scott and Shane and you can ask questions about the history of the trail. After the hike, drive to Fonta Flora Brewery Whippoorwill Farm to see another trail section for some social time. Special Guest: Shane Prisby, Community Development Operations Manager.