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.)!



PAC Fall Hiking Series schedule announced!

Join the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) for five Friday hikes offered this fall, free of charge.*


September 23 – Rainbow Falls accessed from Jones Gap State Park (part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area) in SC.  5-miles, strenuous, out & back *$5 adults ($3.25 SC seniors).


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October 7 – DuPont State Forest, Cedar Rock. 3-miles, moderate, loop. Gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains right at the onset of autumn!


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October 21 – Lookout Rock on the grounds of Montreat College. 4.7-miles, moderate/strenuous, loop.  Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains in full fall color!


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November 4, John Rock, in Pisgah National Forest. 5-miles, strenuous, loop.  Even more beautiful views of the surrounding mountains still speckled with autumn colors, including a view of Looking Glass Rock.

IMG_1919November 18 Carl Sanburg National Historic Site to the summit of Glassy Mtn.  Approximately 4-miles, moderate, out & back.  After the hike, consider visiting the historic residence (a $5 fee) and the prize winning goats!


Also, PAC invites the public to participate in a “Hiking Challenge!”  Complete all five Friday PAC hikes this fall and receive a custom bumper sticker acknowledging your accomplishment!

Hiking ChallengeClick here to download the Fall Hiking Series brochure!

PAC & Walnut Creek Preserve (WCP) Programs

Each month (except December), 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. (more info. below)

PAC/WCP programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from Mary Merritt and Bob and Babs Strickland.


2016 PAC program schedule:

October 22nd – Dan Lazar will present on “the Southern Appalachians During the Ice Age” at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.


During the presentation, Mr. Lazar will discuss the animals and plants that were found in this region twenty thousand years ago.  He will also present evidence suggesting the former occurrence of now-extinct species such as Jefferson’s Ground Sloth and the American Mastodon.  The presentation will show images depicting ice age species still surviving in our Southern Mountains.
sloth and mastadon(Photo Credit: © George )


Dan Lazar served for many years as Director of Education at the Western North Carolina Nature Center, followed by several years as Executive Director of the Colburn Earth Science Museum. Dan has a degree in Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. He has been an instructor in the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate Program at the North Carolina Arboretum since 2005, teaching a variety of classes including Ecology of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Geology of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Introduction to Insects, Tree Identification, and Meteorology. Dan also has co-hosted “Nature News,” a weekly radio program broadcast on WTZQ Hendersonville, since 1993.

November 5th – Denise Furr, an Adjunct Curator of Malacology (Mollusks) at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia, NC, will present a program on “The Secret Lives of Snails,” at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.


Join an exploratory session on the most overlooked animals in the forest.  Snails do so much for us, yet no one seems to know much about them or pay them much attention.  Come learn about the strange habits of snails and slugs and, weather permitting, take a short walk in the preserve to see where they live.  The program includes a power point presentation and a close up look at the live animals.



More to come in 2017!

Current 2017 WCP dates:

January 21 – macro-photography with Bill Mullinax

Bill will use photography to explore the quote by Dorothea Lange that “A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”  He will show participants how we can use photography to explore and find the extraordinary in the ordinary, and show examples of how changes in lighting, time of day, shadows, perspective/viewpoint makes this possible.  Bill’s hope is that the presentation will help people rethink how they view their own photography and also that it might be useful to non-photographers who will have the opportunity to learn to appreciate and practice “seeing” in a new and different way.  The presentation will include photography of nature scenes and macro photography that reflects the points above. 

February 18 – “North Carolina’s Red Wolves: An Imperiled Future” with    Christian Hunt with Defenders of Wildlife.

Christian will discuss the history, biology, threats, political atmosphere, and benefits that the Red Wolf brings to our ecosystem.

Click here to read an article about the Red Wolf from the Laurel of Asheville

March 25 – “Wilderness from an ecological, cultural and aesthetic perspective,” presented by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert

Jennifer Frick-Ruppert is the author of “Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians,” and a professor of biology and environmental science at Brevard College. During her presentation, Jennifer will also discuss wilderness management from the present into the future. 

June 17 – Tanya Poole, NCWRC Education Specialist, will present on Bats!

August 12 – David Campbell will present on his Floristic and Biodiversity Study of Polk County

Since 2015, David Campbell has been doing an inventory of the flora, habitats, and some fauna found within Polk County, documenting the rare and unique biodiversity that makes Polk County so special.  During his presentation, David will share his findings from the 2-year study with the community.

The Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF) funded a portion of the first year of the Study.  Thank you PCCF!

Keep an eye out for more confirmed dates and interesting topics!

Ring in the season by joining

for brunch at our annual

Holiday Party
to be held on
Sunday, December 4, 2016

at 12:30 p.m.

at Old Chinquapin Farm,
the home of John and Lisa Walker!


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.

Click here to use Google maps to get directions to the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center from your location.

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

Click here for directions to the Landrum Library (Spartanburg County Public Libraries)