Outings

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.

Spring 2016 Hikes and Walks

Saturday, Jan 23 – FLETCHER COMMUNITY PARK. Two and a half mile level walk on fine gravel and pavement. Follows a creek and we will view and learn about wetlands. Wear good walking shoes. Meet in Asheville at 10 AM. Contact hike leader Jane at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

Saturday, Feb 20 – HOMINY PARK. Peaceful two-mile round-trip walk on level pavement along the French Broad River. Close-up views of the river and Biltmore property on the other side. Learn about the route this river takes from Asheville. Wear good walking shoes. Meet in Asheville at 10 AM. Contact hike leader Jane at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

Saturday February 27, 2016 – Panthertown Valley I (Moderate) One of two Panthertown hikes.   Late February hike in one of the most interesting valleys in the Southern Appalachians.   This is a 6-mile loop hike on multiple trials with 4 waterfalls including Wilderness Falls, Frolictown Falls, Granny Burrell Falls, and Schoolhouse Falls.  The 3 hour round trip drive makes this an all day trip, so plan your schedule accordingly.   We will learn about recent prescribed burning in the Panthertown Valley, and why it was done.  Experienced hikers only.  Good hiking shoes/boots required with possibility of 1-2 wet stream crossings.  Hiking poles encouraged.  Call trip leader for details. Leader – David Reid, 828-713-1607.   daviddbreid@charter.net

Saturday, March 12 – OLD DAM AT WARREN WILSON COLLEGE. Easy two-mile hike downhill through open woods to the Swannanoa River and back. Learn about the natural history of the area. Wear good walking shoes. Meet in Asheville at 10 AM. Contact hike leader Jane at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

SATURDAY, MARCH 19: Hike at Green River Gamelands, Mostlly Pullium Creek 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, so wear good footwear & consider a hiking pole. Plan to learn about the beautiful early-blooming wildflowers there as well. NOTE: Sorry, no doggies this trip due to Pullium Creek crossing. Hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

Saturday March 26 – South Mills River at Turkey Pen Gap (Moderate) We will hike an approximate 5-mile loop on the Riverside Trail in the South Mills area of the Pisgah District of the Pisgah National Forest.   Round trip driving time is 1 ½ hours.  Lots of stream-side hiking with multiple wet crossings.  We will learn about a proposal from conservationists for a National Recreation Area in the Pisgah District, and what that would entail.  Good hiking shoes/boots required.   Hiking poles encouraged.  Call trip leader for details. Leader – David Reid, 828-713-1607.   daviddbreid@charter.net

Saturday, April 16 – BOTANICAL GARDENS AT ASHEVILLE. Walk about 2 miles on dirt trails and roads through labeled plantings and natural areas. Learn about spring ephemerals. Wear good walking shoes. Meet in Asheville at 10 AM. Contact hike leader Jane at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17: Trombatore Trail Hike. A new Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy trail which is near the Bear Wallow Mtn trail. Meet at 10:00 in Asheville. Back around 5:00. The Trombatore hike is a there-and-back hike, being 5 miles round trip, with a 1000 ft elevation gain to reach its end point. This beautiful trail winds through lush wooded areas with bountiful ferns & occasional boulders. The trail ends in a high meadow, with views of all the surrounding area. It would be considered “moderate” difficulty, by my estimation, due to elevation gain. The trail has some up & down with steps, but it is not steep. Plan to learn about the area birds & wildflowers. Also, about how you can support birds & other wildlife by what you grow in your own “backyard”. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

Saturday April 23 – Panthertown II (Moderate) Hold the date for a return trip to Panthertown Valley.  This time we’ll hike on the 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.  We will learn about the management plan for the Panthertown Valley area, 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