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:

August Calendar

September Calendar





PAC announces the Fall Hiking Series dates!

September 12th – Lake James State Park, 4.9-miles, easy, trail types-out & back with loops. Meet: Columbus BiLo @ 8:30

This relatively flat hike offers two overlooks of Lake James and includes views of Shortoff Mountain.  The trail also offers a loop hike, Fox Den Loop, which actually contains the dens of gray and red fox!

Approximately 1 hour drive, one-way.

September 26thHorsepasture River-Waterfalls: Rainbow, Turtleback, Drift, & Bearwallow Falls at Gorges State Park/Pisgah National Forest, 6-miles, moderate/strenuous, trail type-out & back. Meet: Columbus BiLo @ 8:30

This hike offers beautiful views of four waterfalls, most of which are located along the Horsepasture River, a Wild and Scenic River. The hike also offers views of Bearwallow Valley, including Lake Jocassee and Lake Keowee, in SC.

Approximately 1.5 hour drive, one-way.

October 10thBoogerman Trail, Cataloochee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 7.4-miles, moderate, trail type-loop. Meet: Columbus BiLo @ 8:30

The trail is named for Robert “Boogerman” Palmer who received the nickname because he would never allow loggers onto his 220 acre homestead in the Cataloochee Valley.  As a result this section of Smokies contains some of the largest, old growth trees in the area.

Approximately 1.5 hour drive, one-way

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 200 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 at the base of the Narrows, a dangerous, narrow section of the Green River with powerful rapids.

Approximately 35 min. drive, one-way

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 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:


September 27th, Lisa Wagner of the South Carolina Botanical Garden will present a program on “Creating a Native Woodland Garden” at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve (WCP) at 10:30 a.m.

The plants that grow in our native forest communities provide a wonderful plant palette for creating diverse and beautiful woodland gardens using Eastern North American natives. Spring wildflowers such as bloodroot, foamflower, black cohosh, woodland phlox, and Solomon’s seal are native woodland garden favorites, while characteristic native shrubs and trees in the mid- and upper canopy creates a beautiful supporting framework.  Lisa will describe the process of creating a woodland garden, how to choose the appropriate species for your site, and review some of their characteristics and growth habits.

Lisa Wagner served as Director of Education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson University for over 20 years.  A plant ecologist by background (Ph.D. in Botany, UC Berkeley), she’s also a naturalist, writer, blogger, and educator.  She is a frequent host on the gardening call-in shows on YourDay, a production of Clemson Video Productions broadcast on SC-ETV radio.  She does landscape consultations to benefit programs at non-profits in the Carolinas, especially gardens!  Her award-winning blog Natural Gardening reflects her gardening and nature experiences. She and her husband, Tim Spira, divide their time between Asheville, NC and Clemson, SC, where they’ve restored natural habitat, planted pollinator-friendly gardens, and converted lawns to natives.

 photoLisa Wagner botanizing on Mt. Hood, Oregon.

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

October 11th, Carlton Burke, Interpretive Naturalist, will be presenting an owl program…with live owls! the program will be held at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACarlton Burke with a Great Horned Owl

(more info. to come!)

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

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

PAC partners with Upstate South Carolina Geocachers Association (USCGA)

Join the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) and the Upstate South Carolina Geocachers Association (USCGA) on Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Cache In Trash Out (CITO; a “trash pickup”) at the 2-acre Town of Tryon lot near IGA.  All are welcome and encouraged to come help remove trash from the 2-acre lot.
This is a great chance for area residents to meet up with geocachers and learn about the activity as well as work together to give back to the local community!

Goats have been actively working at this site over the summer and have eaten down the Kudzu and other vegetation, but they’ve exposed a lot of trash that has accumulated on the site. The goats will be returning in the fall and this is a great opportunity to get out and clean up the site before their return.

The 2-acre lot has all types of terrain.  It contains two streams, a flat area, and a steep bank along a roadway, offering something for everyone.

Bags, water, and snacks will be provided by PAC.  Please bring your own gloves and dress appropriately. Volunteers are asked to meet at the IGA at the corner of Hwy 176 and Carolina Drive.

For more information or to sign up, please contact PAC at 828-859-5060 or landprotection@pacolet.org.


PAC Plans “For Land’s Sake!” Fall Fundraiser

NY Times Best Selling Author, Mary Alice Monroe, to Attend

The Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) has scheduled its fall fundraiser, For Land’s Sake, to be held Sunday, September 7th.  The event will include dinner, drinks, live music by classical guitarist Paul Bowman, and a silent auction.

A special guest will be in attendance at the event. Mary Alice Monroe is a New York Times best-selling author and active conservationist. The author of over a dozen novels, several non-fiction titles, and children’s books, her body of work reflects her commitment to the natural world through literature. She has explored the problems of endangered sea turtles (The Beach House), raptors (Skyward)and the indigenous grass and endangered ecosystem (Sweetgrass). Her new Lowcountry Summer trilogy (The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind) deals with the plight of the Bottlenose Dolphin.

Proceeds from the event will go towards PAC’s land saving projects.  Tickets are $100 per person ($75 is tax deductible).  The event will be held at Freehold Farm, the home of John and Cindy Boyle, 375 Fairview Farm Road, Campobello, SC.  Anyone interested in attending the event on Sept. 7th should contact the PAC office at 828-859-5060.

Mary Alice photo 1Author and special guest, Mary Alice Monroe

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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