After Work Evening Arboretum Hike (FREE parking)

  • May 7, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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It's Spring!  And 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.

NOTE: If the number of people who show up is very large, we may split the group into two, with another Organizer leading half the group one way, and me leading the other half the other way.

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--people have gotten ticketed at the Arboretum because their dogs weren't on leashes!

Length: The entire hike will be about 3 miles, with an option for a shorter hike, and we should be back in the parking lot between 7:15 and 7:30 pm.

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: Go across the parking lot to the Visitor Education Center, hike down the Carolina Mountain trail (1.3 miles) to Bent Creek Road, along the entire length of Bent Creek Road (1.3 miles), taking the scenic route to see wildflowers, and back up the Wesley Branch Trail (0.5 miles) to the parking lot.  We will stop at all trail intersections.

What to bring: Appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather.  The trails are well maintained, so you can get by with sneakers if it's dry.  Also some water, a hat, and maybe some bug repellent.

What if it rains? If it rains, you will probably get wet.  Bring appropriate clothing, including rain gear.

Hope to see you there,

Sammy [masked]

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  • Theodore Z.

    Great hike. I liked all the brooks and streams or springs or whatever they are called. Water ways?

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Beth

    Fun time. Thanks for organizing, Sammy.

    May 8, 2013

  • Sammy F.

    Good to see you 26 other hikers who braved the 60% threat of rain for the 3.1 mile (an estimate) hike! Hope to see you next month.

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Ruthy C.

    thanks for a great hike. always love seeing everyone.

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Claire

    My favorite hike. Thanks so much for leading, Sammy.

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Bob

    great hike ..thanks Sammy / Tracey.

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Carrie

    Thanks, Sammy, for leading! And thanks, Tracey, for helping me accept the open spot. Silly work filters! Great to see everyone.

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Mary Beth H.

    Sorry I no-showed. At 5 o'clock I didn't have any internet service so I couldn't update my status. It took the guy 5 hours to get it all set up! Hope you all had a nice hike. I know I'll be seeing you guys soon!!

    May 7, 2013

  • Patricia C.

    sorry, but I can't make it.

    May 7, 2013

  • Theodore Z.

    Do we go even if there is a "chance of a THUNDERSTORM" ?

    May 7, 2013

    • Tracey R.

      I am. But that is a personal decision.

      May 7, 2013

  • Michelle W.

    Sorry. I don't have rain gear yet:( See you next time.

    May 7, 2013

  • Mary Beth H.

    I don't want to pull off the list but I'm sitting here with AT&T working on hooking up my new service. They have been here since 1 and are having problems. Don't know how long it will take. If they aren't done by 5 (in an hour) I'll remove myself off the list. Hope that's o.k.

    May 7, 2013

  • victoria r.

    will not be able to attend this week but will next week

    May 6, 2013

    • Tracey R.

      Sammy, victoria was still on the Yes list, so I removed her and changed the waiting list to automatic. :)

      May 7, 2013

    • Sammy F.

      Thanks, Tracey.

      May 7, 2013

  • Betsye L.

    Rain Rain Go Away.

    3 · May 7, 2013

  • Eric

    Going running!

    May 7, 2013

  • nancy h.

    I am attending with Susan Marlan.

    May 6, 2013

  • Theodore Z.

    Are there are plentiful signs once you get to the Arboretum, directing you to the upper parking lot. If not, if you could mark the "upper parking lot" on the map, it would be helpful.

    May 6, 2013

    • Sammy F.

      Come into the Main Entrance of the Arboretum off of Hwy 191. Go to the Gatehouse entrance and get your free 1st Tuesday parking pass. Go straight up the hill on the paved road to the top of the hill. The Main (upper) Parking lot is on your left as you approach the top:

      May 6, 2013

    • Sammy F.

      Two things about the Main (upper) parking lot: (1) it is paved; (2) it has over 100 parking spaces. It is the big one that you see at about 11:00 (i.e., upper left quadrant) on Frederick Law Olmstead way on this satellite view: http://www.ncarboretu...­

      May 6, 2013

  • Eric

    Will you make it stop raining for this event?

    1 · May 5, 2013

    • Sammy F.

      I'll try, Eric, but aren't you the "Just add water" guy?

      1 · May 5, 2013

  • Richard H.

    See ya out there!

    May 5, 2013

  • Sammy F.

    RSVP's will open Sunday May 5 at 8:00 pm.

    May 3, 2013

    • nancy h.

      I'd like to join you. Please email a rsvp thank you!!

      May 3, 2013

    • Sammy F.

      Nancy, you will have to log on the Asheville Hiking Group yourself on Sunday night after 8 pm to RSVP. I will not RSVP for you.

      May 3, 2013

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