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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.Find out more »
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!Find out more »
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. Due to the pandemic, we are restricting group size for outings to 10 participants. Sign up today!
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.
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.Find out more »