The WENOCA Group is pleased to offer the outings listed below. Our outings are open to both members and non-members. Come join us for a nice hike in the woods.

Note: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. Prospective participants under the age of 18 will require a signature from a parent or guardian. If you would like to read the waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, refer to the national Sierra Club website.

Below are the upcoming hikes for the next few months. Please sign up with hike leader to join in on the hike.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16th – GREENLAND CREEK TRAIL. There are at least 3 waterfalls planned on this trip, with an option by unanimous consent to hike a little further for an additional waterfall. There may be some early wildflowers. Meet in Asheville at 8:30am, return by 5:00pm. We will learn about unique features, and how the tract was acquired by the US Forest Service. Again, plan for an all-day trip for the estimated 5 mile hike and 3 hours round trip driving time. Experienced hikers only. Good hiking shoes/boots required. Hiking poles encouraged. Call trip leader for details. Leader – David Reid, 828-713-1607. daviddbreid@charter.net 

SUNDAY, MARCH 17, GREEN RIVER Gamelands Hike. Mostlly Pullium Creek Trail, plus some Green River Cove trail. Meet at 10:00 in Asheville. Back around 5:30. Moderate with some easy level of difficulty. Approx 6 miles R.T. on this there & back trail with elevation gain of 900 ft. It’s a beautiful trail that ends at the Green River just below the narrows, with rapids moving through large boulders. On the way there, there’s a tedious creek crossing with wiggly step-stones, requiring good footwear & maybe hiking poles. Plan to learn about the beautiful early-blooming wildflowers there, and a few trees. NOTE: Sorry, no doggies this trip due to Pullium Creek crossing. This hike is for experienced hikers, or one can contact the hike leader with questions/concerns. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27th – MIDWEEK IN MONTREAT: WALKER’S KNOB – The Montreat Conference Center manages a protected network of hiking trails in its land in the coves abutting the Asheville Watershed on the West, the Blue Ridge Parkway on the North, and the Pisgah National Forest on the East. We will take the Greybeard Trail to Walker’s Knob for a view of the Swanannoa Valley. Six mile round trip. Moderately Strenous due to elevation change. Learn about the Conference Center’s conservation philosophy, and how this land fits into the larger protected lands puzzle in the region. RSVP to hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607. 

SATURDAY, APRIL 20th – SMOKY’S BIG CREEK WILDFLOWER HIKE – Hike along Big Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Great wildflower hike, with one waterfall. Hiking poles encouraged. RSVP to trip leader for details. Leader – David Reid, 828-713-1607.daviddbreid@charter.net

SATURDAY APRIL 20, PINK BEDS/BARNETT BRANCH WATERFALL HIKE: Meet at 10:00 a.m. in Asheville, back around 5:30 pm. This hike is approx 5.5 miles, rated Easy/Moderate (due to occasional rugged terrain w/ tree roots & occasional rocks, requiring good foot wear). Part of the hike will be on the Pink Beds Loop trail, but we will also take Barnett Branch to a nice waterfall. There should be some nice wildflowers (with I.D. Opportunities), & also some tunnels of rhododendrens & laurels. We will also have an opportunity for some tree id. There will be a variety of habitats, including a small wetland with a board walk. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.