Sept. 28: Migratory Monarch Butterfly Hike

Monarch ButterfliesJoin us on Saturday September 28th for a fall hike to view migrating Monarch butterflies.

The hike will be at the Pilot Cove-Slate Rock Trail in the North Mills River recreation area.

WNCA ecologist Bob Gale will take us to Slate Rock, a rock face with a beautiful vista. Bring a lunch and enjoy a sunny day sitting on the outcrop as a never-ending stream of migrating monarch butterflies (hopefully!) surfs the wind currents around the rock within arms length.

It’s a delightful experience! Bob will interpret the flora and fauna along the way, and discuss the monarch’s incredible migrating life cycle story.This is a 3-3/4 mile round trip loop, which begins along a creek, goes through old growth forest and offers distance views.  We’ll also visit beaver-altered habitat.

Hiking (and resting time): about four hours. The  hike will involve an initial climb, somewhat steep, but not very long, and a couple of other short uphill climbs along a ridge before descending the second half of the trip. We hope you can join us for this exciting event!


This hike is currently FULL. Please RSVP for a standby list. Thank you for your interest!

RSVP for this FREE WNCA hike by contacting Isabelle Rios at

or by calling her at 828-258-8737,
ext. 201


  1. Bob,
    I would like to attend the Sept 28 Monarch Butterfly Hike.
    Jane Laping

    • Thank you, Jane!

      As stated above, you will need to contact Bob as follows to officially register for this hike:

      RSVP for this FREE WNCA hike by contacting Bob Gale at or by calling him at 828-258-8737, ext. 204.


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