Enjoy the wildflower blooms in Panthertown Valley on this moderate 5.5-mile wildflower hike. Mainspring’s Kelder Monar, who is an expert in wildflower identification, will lead the hike. Mainly level, with some steeper climbs and descents. The hike will take us past a variety of wildflower habitats and a waterfall. Expect to see spring ephemeral wildflowers such as trilliums and jack-in-the-pulpit, and early-blooming shrubs, including azaleas and mountain myrtle. Bring a sack lunch and plenty of drinking water.
Hikers will meet at Mainspring’s Salt Rock entrance property adjacent to Panthertown Valley at 10:00 a.m. Directions from Franklin: Highlands Road ~10.4 miles, left onto Walnut Creek for ~12.8 miles (road changes name to Pine Creek Road). Right onto 107S, go 2.0 miles (pass first entrance to Bee Tree Road at .7 mile). Turn left onto Bee Tree Road, go. 4 miles. Right only Cedar Creek Road, go 3.2 miles. Turn left onto 3243 Breedlove Road, go 3.6 miles to end. Parking area will be on the right.
This hike is on one of Mainspring’s earliest conservation easements on historic family land at the head of Tellico Valley in northern Macon County. The first half of the hike will visit a recent timber harvest done to regenerate mature timber stands and comply with the Present Use Value Program. The second half will pass through 2 miles of majestic older growth forest with ample spring flowers. Goals of the day include discussion of strategies to preserve family land across generations and to understand silvicultural and logging impacts on forest regeneration.
Moderately difficult with a 900′ elevation gain and 900′ drop over a 3 mile loop hike.
Bring water, lunch, sturdy boots and walking sticks and weather appropriate clothing.
Meet at historic Cowee School at 10:00 am to carpool or caravan to Tellico. Will return to Cowee School by 4:00 pm.
Limited to 20 people.
Join us on the Annual Stewartia Flower Walk led by Jack Johnson.
Meet at 9 a.m. at Mainspring’s Queen Branch property. We will caravan to the different locations and will be done around noon. Please wear comfortable shoes, as we will walk through the woods and potentially some muddy areas.
What to bring: Water, snacks, hiking shoes, long pants, sun screen
Limited to how many people: 15
Degree of difficulty: Between 1.5 and 2 miles. 150-foot elevation gain. A moderate hike, mostly on narrow forest trails and old roadbeds.
Highlights: In addition to typical fall and late summer flowers, participants will also see rare and fire-dependent plants.
What to bring?: Water, snacks, hiking shoes, sun screen
Limited to how many people: 15
Degree of difficulty: Easy. Trail is a level walk along the Valley River.
Highlights: In addition to typical fall and late summer flowers, participants will also see plants along the Valley River and in Welch Farm’s unique oxbow wetlands.
NC EE Criteria I workshop with NC Wildlife Resources Commission Educator Tanya Poole. CATCH curriculum explores ways to teach about aquatic environments through fish biology, outdoor ethics, water safety, and fishing skills. This workshop will teach educators techniques and activities geared for children ages 8 to 15. Participants get a CATCH curriculum guide as well as other fishing resources for instruction. Great for educators, parents, homeschool instructors and grandparents looking to find ways to get kids outdoors and learn something at the same time.
Must have at least 10 participants to host event. Participants may pay $8 and choose from a list of boxed lunches, or bring your own lunch at no cost. Attendees will meet at Big Bear Pavilion and participate in outdoor activities, so dress appropriately.
For more information, or to register, contact Jason Meador at firstname.lastname@example.org