Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy offers guided hike

Here’s the press release from Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy:

Hike with CMLC at Florence Nature Preserve – Saturday July 13th

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Saturday, July 13th, for a guided hike through CMLC-owned Florence Nature Preserve. Hikers will trek a lollipop-route, circumnavigating the

Preserve to reach two of its most scenic locales: Rattlesnake Rock and Little Pisgah Point. These rock outcroppings feature scenic views of the rugged Hickory Nut Gorge.

Comprised of 600 acres on the southern slopes of Little Pisgah Mountain, Florence Nature Preserve was generously donated to CMLC by Dr. and Mrs. Florence, of Gerton, in 1996. The Preserve boasts more than five miles of hiking trails that feature scenic rock outcroppings, pristine cascades, and old growth forests.

Total cumulative hiking distance is 4.5 miles. This hike is rated as moderate difficulty, featuring a total elevation gain of 1,100 feet. This outing includes two hiking destinations in CMLC’s popular White

Squirrel Hiking Challenge. The guided hike is open the public.

CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life for residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 24,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains. To reserve a spot on the hike and find out more information, visit CMLC’s website at www.carolinamountain.org.


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