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After Work Evening Arboretum Hike (FREE 1st Tuesday parking)

  • Jun 4, 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.

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 down behind the Baker Education Center to the Nature Garden Trail (0.1 miles), then down the Wesley Branch Trail (0.4 miles), along the entire length of Bent Creek Road (1.3 miles), taking the scenic route to see wildflowers, then hike up the Carolina Mountain trail (1.3 miles) to the Visitor Education Center, then across 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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  • Sammy F.

    Nice to see everyone out this evening. Great group, nice pace.

    Hike stats: 2.94 miles in about 1 hour, 9 minutes; walking pace about 23:28 per mile, or 2.56 miles per hour.

    2 · June 4, 2013

    • Jonna

      Thanks for leading the hike, Sammy! Enjoyed meeting everyone. I just posted some photos, including one of that snake.

      1 · June 6, 2013

    • Sammy F.

      Thanks for posting pictures, Jonna, especially of the snake. :)

      1 · June 6, 2013

  • Sammy F.

    Thanks also to Tracey R. for being the sweep.

    June 5, 2013

  • Kristen Z

    Love these after work hikes, minus the snake, of course. Sammy, sorry to startle you but I thought I was very restrained!! It could have been much worse! lol

    2 · June 5, 2013

  • Hilary P.

    Great evening for a hike.

    June 5, 2013

  • Peggy

    i very much enjoyed the hie

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • Betsy

    I wish I could come, but just got out of a meeting and saw that I was confirmed. Unfortunately, I can't make it in time. :(

    1 · June 4, 2013

    • Sammy F.

      Sorry, Betsy, maybe next month.

      June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice hike! I'd like to do this one again!

    2 · June 4, 2013

  • Mary Beth H.

    OMG...stuck at *&^% work till close to 6 probably. Dang it all. Hope someone on the waiting list sees that they can go! Sorry!

    June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just finished a 6 mile walk this morning because I wasn't on the list, thanks anyway. Hopefully next time

    June 4, 2013

  • toni

    Have to work late. Darn

    June 4, 2013

  • tess b.

    sorry for the late notice, just got a call from sister husband, she is in ER so i am heading to SC.

    June 3, 2013

  • Heather

    Plus one dog :)

    June 2, 2013

  • Sammy F.

    RSVPs will open on Sunday, June 2, at 6:00 pm.

    May 30, 2013

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