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.

SATURDAY, July 2 – Rocky Fork State Park Hike, includes a Splash in the Creek (not swimming) opportunity to cool off. Moderate level w/ short areas that are a bit steep, distance 4-5 miles (more details to come). Meet in Asheville at 10 a.m. (location TBA), return by 5:30. Ranger Tim Pharis will lead us on a guided hike. Learn about this new Tennessee State Park that is in Unicoi Co, not far from Asheville. Opportunities for wildflower ID, and possibly water wildlife ID. NOTE: Hikers must be fit sufficiently for hiking in hot weather. Please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.comor 828-713-4994.

PICNIC ANNOUNCEMENT, JULY 16: Join us for the 7th Annual Summer Picnic – July 16

On Saturday, July 16, the Sierra Club will enjoy its 7th Annual Summer Picnic from noon to 4 pm at the Blue Ridge Parkway sheltered picnic grounds located on Bull Mt. Rd. near the VA Hospital on Riceville Rd.

Directions: Exit 7 on I-240; go east on Tunnel Rd for 2 miles; turn north on Riceville Rd; go past VA Hospital turn left on Bull Mt. Rd. The fenced-in, sheltered picnic area is on the left about 1⁄2 mile up the road. Please bring a pot luck dish to share and your own settings. Drinks will be provided. Badminton, horseshoes and music will add to the festivities. We hope to see you there!

SATURDAY, JULY 23 – – EAST FORK OF PIGEON RIVER Trail. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 (location TBA) and return around 5:45. This hike is Easy/Moderate, with a distance approx 5-1/2 miles round trip. The hike follows the beautiful, rushing Pigeon River, but most it offers the cover of some beautiful & quiet woods. Be prepared for a few muddy places, wearing good footwear & considering hiking poles. Learn about how the river changes over time, as it changes its path, widens & creates sandy areas. Learn about areas that are designated “Wilderness”, too. Speaking of which, this trail goes into the Shining Rock Wilderness, which means only 10 folks are allowed in a group. Hence, please cancel ahead if your plans change to make room for others. Sorry no doggies on this hike. Please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, JULY 30 – RATTLESNAKE LODGE. A mostly easy 2.6 mile hike with several moderate switchbacks at the beginning to gain most of the 500 feet rise in elevation to an old wagon road. We will learn about the fate of Rattlesnake Lodge and the natural history of the area. Wear sturdy footwear, dress in layers, and bring water and a lunch or snack. Meet in Asheville at 10 AM, return around 2:30 PM. RSVP to hike leader Jane atjanelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.