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.
November 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!
Click 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:
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!
Sunday, December 4, 2016
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)