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May 2020

Wildflower Day Hike

May 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, 195 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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$5 – $15

Join us for a lovely 5.5-mile hike along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Rattlesnake Lodge. Our Public Lands Ecologist, Bob Gale will lead this hike and share with us his extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of the region. This trail boasts more than thirty varieties of flowers, including dwarf larkspur, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and blue cohosh and this time of year is prime for spotting these wildflowers. If we're lucky, we will also see, or hear, a number of warblers, vireos, and other birds that have returned from their winter in Central and South America. The hike is moderate, and we will take frequent stops to investigate any birds, wildflowers or other items of interest that we find along the way!

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June 2020

Snorkeling on the Watauga

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$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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Valley River Paddle

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hargett River Access, 5628 Fairview Dr
Andrews, NC 28901
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$10 – $20

This 8-mile stretch will take us from Andrews to Murphy as we wind down the lesser-paddled Valley River. Although there is a highway paralleling the Valley River, the edges of the river are largely farm and forested land, making for a surprisingly cool and quiet trip. We will pass through a couple of river reaches restored by the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition where we'll eddy out to talk about the habitat improvements made along the river.

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French Broad Float 2020

June 24 - June 26
Hot Springs Campground, 315 Bridge Street
Hot Springs, NC 28743
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Our annual French Broad Float is back! Every year, MountainTrue and our French Broad Riverkeeper guide participants on an incredible trip down a stretch of the French Broad River, creating powerful memories of camping under the stars on the French Broad River Paddle Trail and exploring what can feel like uncharted territory right in our own backyards. Leave the hustle behind, and experience the joys of river travel while having your meals provided, your campfire built and your gear transported for you to your next campsite.

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July 2020

Moonlight Paddle on the Broad

July 3 @ 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. We'll meet at Lake Houser at 8:00pm to run a shuttle and plan on putting in at 8:45pm, right around sunset. From there we'll paddle about 4.5 miles of river, ending up at the Boiling Springs Greenway to take out around 11:30pm. We have some boats, 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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Apalachia Lake Paddle

July 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hiwassee Dam Recreational Facility, HIWASSEE DAM ACCESS Rd
Murphy, NC 28906
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$10 – $25

What better way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon than paddling on a beautiful mountain lake? For this 2-hour lake canoe outing, we will paddle Apalachia Lake which has very little private shoreline development and no commercial recreation facilities, making it very peaceful and perfect for paddling. Fishing and swimming are both options along the way, so bring your line if you'd like.

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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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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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