April 2, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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It's the first Tuesday of the month--that means FREE parking at the Arboretum!
We will meet at the UPPER PARKING LOT by the Visitors' Center and depart for the trails at 6:10 pm. Come into the Arboretum Main Entrance off of Hwy 191 and go up the hill to the main parking area. I will be somewhere in the middle.
Dogs: Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome, and there are a couple of streams we will cross (on bridges) or walk near so our furry friends can drink and play in the water a bit. Your dog must be on a leash, because people have gotten ticketed at the Arboretum because their dogs weren't on leashes!
Length: The entire hike will be about 3.1 miles, with an option for a shorter hike, and we should be back in the parking lot between 7:15 and 7:30 pm. You may want to bring small flashlights if you have them, since it may be getting dark by the time we get back to the parking lot.
Difficulty: I would rate this hike as an "easy" hike, with a couple of places going up hills being more "moderate," but not too strenuous. It's really more of a pleasant evening walk than a hike. We will go at a leisurely moderate pace, about 2-2.5 miles per hour, or about 1 mile every 24 - 30 minutes. Please try to stay with the group when hiking!
The Route: From the parking lot, hike down the Wesley Branch trail (0.5 mile) to Bent Creek Road, along the length of Bent Creek Road (1.3 miles) and back up the Carolina Mountain Trail (1.3 miles) to the parking lot. We will stop at all trail intersections.
What if it rains? If it rains, you will probably get wet. Bring appropriate clothing, including rain gear.