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August 2020

Beer Series with Wicked Weed

August 22

Join MountainTrue, the French Broad Riverkeeper, Wicked Weed Brewing and 98.1 The River for the another Riverkeeper Beer Series cleanup. This will be a virtual cleanup, so make sure to post your pics with the #wickedweedcleanup for a chance to win some great prizes from ENO! Cleanup the French Broad River, your local creek, roadway, or neighborhood.

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Snorkeling on the Watauga

August 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Watauga Upper Gorge Access, 531 Old Watauga River Rd
Sugar Grove, NC 28679 United States
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$10 – $20

Join MountainTrue's Watauga Riverkeeper, Andy Hill, and take the plunge to explore the unique ecosystems of the Watauga River. River snorkeling allows you an unparalleled viewpoint to explore all the nooks and crannies of your local river. By peeking under the water, you can find yourself swimming alongside darting fish or face-to-face with the tiny insect larvae that feed them. After years of fishing and protecting this river, no one is more qualified to show you the best places to look for underwater marvels than Andy. If you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a Hellbender.

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Moonlight Paddle on the Broad

August 28 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Broad River Greenway Canoe Access, 126 Broad River Drive
Shelby, NC 28152
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$5 – $15

Have you ever paddled by the light of the moon? Join our Broad Riverkeeper for a Moonlight paddle on the Broad River. As we go, our Broad Riverkeeper will talk about the history of the Broad River and the work that he does to protect it. This section is flat water, so should be easy going, though we will now be starting from and returning to the same point to avoid the need for shuttling vehicles as a precaution against COVID-19, so we will need to paddle against some current for a portion of the trip. We'll meet at the Broad River Greenway at 8:00pm and plan on putting in right around sunset. We have some canoes, kayaks, paddles, and pfds that you can reserve in advance, but you're also welcome to bring your own gear! Children and dogs are allowed, but must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

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Broad River Fishing Tournament

August 29 - September 7

We’re excited to announce the first-ever Broad River Fishing Tournament! This is a for-fun and "bragging rights" only tournament. Recognition as the "Broad's Best Angler" will be given to the fisher person who has the highest combined total length of their three biggest fish. We will also recognize winners for catching the biggest bass, biggest catfish, biggest panfish (bream or crappie) and for the most unusual fish. Registration is free and donations support the Broad Riverkeeper program.

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September 2020

E-bike Tour of Downtown Asheville

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Flying Bike Tours, 225 Coxe Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
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$20 – $40

Last year, our own Chris Joyell, Director of the Asheville Design Center guided us on a walking tour of downtown Asheville. This year, we're touring Asheville on bikes. We're teaming up with Flying Bikes Tours to take out a fleet of electric bikes. We will still pass through downtown, where Chris will share his extensive knowledge about Asheville's urban core, including stories of how redlining has shaped our city and what the future could hold for Asheville. With the bikes, we will expand our range, pedaling through the River Arts District and the Southside, experiencing the highlights (and lowlights) of Asheville's bike infrastructure. We will stop frequently to hear from Chris about the history of development in these areas and what the future might look like in these places. 

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October 2020

Fall Scenic Hike

October 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pilot Cove Loop Trail
$5 – $15

Join MountainTrue's Ecologist and Public Lands Director, Bob Gale, for a gorgeous and educational hike through Pisgah National Forest. This hike offers breathtaking views of the fall foliage, and if we are lucky, we will catch glimpses of the Monarch Butterfly migration. We will be hiking the Pilot Cove Loop Trail in Pisgah, which is approximately 4 miles long. The trail starts in a lesser known part of Pisgah National Forest and winds upward among the brightly colored sourwood and black gum trees. After opening up onto a beautiful rocky outcrop, the trails travels through recently logged forested as well as much older sections of forest. There are some steep inclines on this trail, but Bob will be making frequent stops to rest and interpret the flora and fauna.

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November 2020

Whiterock Mountain Hike

November 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bartram Trail at Jones Gap, 35°04'33.7"N 83°17'16.6"W
Sugarfork, NC
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$5 – $15

Join us for a hike on the Bartram Trail, one of North Carolina's premier long distance trails. We'll tackle a 4.6-mile lightly trafficked section near Highlands, NC that provides spectacular views into the Tessentee Valley of Macon County. On this stretch we'll summit Jones Knob and Whiterock Mountain. Though these peaks measure well below 5,000 feet in elevation, they are good examples of a spectacular geological feature found in our region: both are plutons, mountains comprised of erosion resistant rock sporting massive open cliff faces.

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Lake Chatuge Shoreline Cleanup

November 7 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

WRO will host the 11th Annual Lake Chatuge Shoreline Cleanup, in conjunction with Georgia Rivers Alive! The event will kick off at the Towns County Swim Beach Pavilion at 9:00 AM with breakfast and coffee. Volunteer coordinators will lead teams of 5-10 to designated trash sites along the shores of Lake Chatuge and we’ll meet back at the swim beach pavilion at 11:30 for prizes. The first 100 volunteers to sign-in will receive a free Rivers Alive t-shirt.

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Overnight Paddle on the Broad

November 7 @ 10:00 am - November 8 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for an overnight paddle exploring the Broad River as it winds through the foothills of the Blue Ridge. We'll spend two days on the river and camp one night along the Broad River Greenway. Registration for this event is not yet open, but you can enter your email below to be contacted when it does.

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