SAHC Jamboree Hikes June 14, 2014

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

Our friends at the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) invite you to take part in the SAHC June Jamboree activities planned for Saturday, June 14, 2014, near Tennessee's Roan Mountain.

SAHC is a land trust whose mission is "to conserve the unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, farmland, and recreational treasures of the mountains of North Carolina and east Tennessee for the benefit of present and future generations." Skillful and sincere long-term conservation relationships with private landowners and public agencies make that possible.

In the past four decades, SAHC has protected over 63,000 acres of irreplaceable property from the Highlands of Roan to the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park -- including key tracts along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mt. Mitchell State Park -- in addition to sources for clean drinking water, wild trout streams, and working farmland.

To celebrate the stunning Highlands of Roan, the SAHC June Jamboree hosts a day of FREE guided hikes each June. This year SAHC has five outings planned, catering to a variety of skill levels and interests.

Please Note: You will receive directions to departure locations and carpool information upon registration. Please bring your own sturdy hiking shoes, camera, walking stick, water, lunch, sunscreen, binoculars, and appropriate clothing for your hike. The weather may be sunny, rainy, windy or cool. Who knows? It might rain frogs. Be prepared.

Click here to register online for the SAHC June Jamboree hikes described below.

Hike #1 -- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge

Start Time: 9:00 am
Leader: Bill Ryan
Difficulty: 7.5
Fellowship Location: Roan Cabins (2:30 - 5 pm)

This classic and rewarding hike is full of adventure atop the highest elevation balds in the Highlands of Roan, widely considered among the most spectacular scenery along the Appalachian Trail. Grassy Ridge, elevation 6,189 feet, is the highest point near the AT. Enjoy a natural, unobstructed 360-degree view and so much more -- blooming rhododendron, flame azalea, patches of spruce fir forest and rare plants such as Gray's lily and Roan Mountain bluets.

Hike #2 --
Roll n' Stroll in Rhododendron Gardens

Start Time: 12 noon
Leader: Judy Murray
Difficulty: 2+
Fellowship Location: Roan Cabins (2:30 - 5 pm)

The Rhododendron Gardens on top of Roan will be blazing with color this time of year. Judy Murray, will take hikers along gentle terrain with stunning views of the Roan landscape. On this leisurely stroll hikers will learn about SAHC's newest land protection projects including several tracts in Yellow Mountain State Natural Area like the Justice Creek property on Spear Tops and Hawk Mountain Farm. This hike is designed to give people of all hiking abilities the opportunity to get outside and enjoy some of the property that SAHC has diligently protected over the last four decades. *This trail is paved and wheelchair accessible.

Hike #3 -- Yoga on the Mountain

Start Time: 11:00 am
Leader: Danielle Fath-Goldstein
Difficulty: 5
Fellowship Location: National Trails Tract (2:30 - 5 pm)

Lay your yoga mat in the open meadow, tucked within the stunning Highlands of Roan. Prepare to move into your exalted warrior or tree pose while feeling the sun warm your skin as the high elevation breezes simultaneously cool you. Enjoy an moderate 1.5 hike through our protected Natural Trails Tract in the Roaring Creek Valley. The trail is narrow and is steep in areas so please be mindful of this and wear appropriate clothing. We will hike along pristine streams and critical bird habitat for a gentle yoga practice.

Hike #4 -- Kids in the Creek

Start Time: 11:00 am
Leader: Lizzy Stokes-Cawley
Difficulty: 3
Fellowship Location: National Trails Tract (2:30 - 5 pm)

Bring your kids to play in the creek on SAHC's beautiful National Trails Tract. This shorter hike is designed to get kids outdoors and explore some of the beautiful water protected by SAHC. Kids will learn about some basic stream ecology, look for crayfish and salamanders. Kids are welcome to bring fishnets, buckets, or other toys to play with in the creek. This hike is for kids 7 years and older. Parents are welcomed to participate as well. Please bring water appropriate clothing and shoes plus appropriate day hiking materials.

Hike #5 -- Challenge Hike

**NOTE** Reservations for this hike have now reached capacity. The Challenge Hike is FULL.

Start Time: 8:00 am
Leader: Tom Gatti
Difficulty 10+
Fellowship Location: National Trails Tract (2:30 - 5 pm)

The June Jamboree Challenge hike will start where the Appalachian Trail crosses Highway 19E, 4 miles west of the town of Roan Mountain. Participants will steadily hike 5.4 miles climbing a total of 2,707 feet to the summit of Hump Mountain. We will continue south along the Appalachian Trail over Little Hump and then along the spine of Yellow Mountain to Yellow Mountain Gap at 8.7 miles. From Yellow Mountain Gap we'll hike another 1.7 miles to Low Gap and the Stan Murray Shelter. From here we leave the trail (long pants are recommended) and make our way to Elk Hollow Creek which we will follow for a mile or so down to the National Trails Tract, celebrate, and ride back to our cars.

Click Here for More June Jamboree Information

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