Unprotected wild places get some attention this week, as August 7-15 is National Roadless Recreation Week. To celebrate our region’s remaining wild and roadless areas and raise awareness about their value, the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition invites folks to hike the crest of the Craggy Mountains along the Mountains to Sea Trail. Hikers should experience great views into the Craggy Mountain Roadless Area/Wilderness Study Area as the trail ascends around the Craggy Pinnacle; then enjoy a cool descent into the northern hardwood forest in an area that has been recommended for federal wilderness designation.
Trip leader Hugh Irwin says participants should expect a moderate 3-mile hike. Hikers can meet at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway at 8:30 AM and carpool from there. The hike will start at the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area, at milepost 367 off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Call 828-252-9223 ext 103 to register and for additional information.