Upcoming Events & Hikes

Join the PAC “Kudzu Warriors” to help eradicate Kudzu (and other non-native and invasive species) at the PAC protected Norman Wilder Forest located off of HWY 176. Call PAC at (828)859-5060 or e-mail landprotection@pacolet.org if you are interested or would like more information. Also, check out our webpage dedicated to Conservation/Kudzu Eradication.   REGULAR SCHEDULED WORK DAYS are EVERY MONDAY from 9-11 (subject to change, please see the link to the calendar.)!

Monthly Calendar of Events, click here:

October Calendar


PAC announces the Fall Hiking Series dates!

October 24thGreen River Cove Trail, Green River Game Lands; PAC/Foothills Humane Society joint hike, 7-miles, moderate, trail type-out & back. Meet: Columbus Bi-Lo @ 8:30

Bring your dog (on a leash), or walk a shelter dog, and enjoy a hike along the Green River. This hike begins with a gradual incline along a steep bank, but there is no more than a 400 foot elevation change over the entire length of the trail. The trail offers continuous views of the Green River and there are several stream crossings. The terminus of the trail is near the base of the Narrows, with no view of the Narrows, but beautiful views of the river.

Approximately 35 min. drive, one-way

Click here to read more about this hike.

November 7thLower White Water Falls, Oconee Co., SC, 4-miles, moderate, trail type-out & back. Meet: Gowensville Spinx @ 8:30

Lower Whitewater Falls is part of a chain of six waterfalls along the NC/SC border.  The trail leads to an overlook with a dramatic view of the 200-foot waterfall.

Approximately 1 hour drive, one-way

November 21stSassafras Mountain, Pickens Co., SC, 5-miles, strenuous, trail type-out & back. Meet: Gowensville Spinx @ 8:30

Sassafras Mountain is the highest peak in South Carolina at 3,533’. Hikers will follow a portion of the Foothills Trail, ascending 1,900’ to the summit of Sassafras Mountain.

Approximately 1 hour drive, one-way.

Participate in the PAC “Hiking Challenge”! 

Complete all six hikes and receive a custom bumper sticker acknowledging your accomplishment!

Hiking Challenge

Click here to download a REVISED brochure of the Fall Hiking Series

PAC & Walnut Creek Preserve (WCP) Programs

Each month, PAC & WCP will offer a Saturday morning program/presentation at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve.  Programs are free of charge, open to all ages, and begin at 10:30 a.m.

PAC is working on the schedule of presenters for 2014.  Here is what we have planned so far:

November 8th, Patrick McMillan, PhD, will be presenting at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.

Patrick is the Director of the SC Botanical Garden, host of ETV’s “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan,” the Director of the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, and professor at Clemson University’s School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences.

(more information to come!)

patrick_mcmillanPatrick McMillan

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from Delores Lastinger

We’re taking December off, but will update the PAC/WCP program schedule for 2015 ASAP!  Programs will resume in January!

Click here for the American Hiking Society’s list of 10 essentials for hiking.

Click here for the American Hiking Society’s “Tips for your next hike.”

Click here for the American Hiking Society’s instructions on “How to use a compass.”


Click here for directions to the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve.

GPS coordinates to the entrance of Walnut Creek Preserve (at Aden Green Road and Herbarium Lane): 35°22’21.95” N, 82°09’46.18” W