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

  • Sep 3, 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, enter the Nature Garden Trail (0.1 mile) and down the Wesley Branch Trail (0.4 miles) down to Bent Creek Road, then along the entire length of Bent Creek Road (1.3 miles, flat), perhaps taking some of the scenic route by Bent Creek.  Then up the Carolina Mountain Trail (1.3 miles), then along the entire length of Bent Creek Road (1.3 miles), perhaps taking the scenic route for an up-close view of how far up Bent Creek is.  We will stop at all trail intersections, and there will be an option for a shorter hike.

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.  Finally, a camera and/or smart phone.  Please also use the restroom before you enter the Arboretum since all Arboretum buildings close at 5 pm.  (There is one porta-john available for use about 1/3 of the way through the hike.)

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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  • Tracey R.

    Excellent as always!!!!

    September 4, 2013

  • Ivan D.

    Friendly, invitng group of hikers. I worried about how my Dog( the Wolfhound) would handle a large group and several other dogs. Well he loved the group, the other dogs and the people who met him. Thanks to all of you and the leadership for an invigorating evening

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lovely weather. Thanks Sammy and Tracey.

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • Betsye L.

    A wonderful five star affair

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • Carrie

    Nice evening! Thanks, Sammy and Tracey!

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • Betsye L.

      Great hike, Sammy and Tracey. I have already marked October 2nd on my calendar and will bring a guest (hiking buddy from Portland).

      1 · September 3, 2013

    • Bryan S.

      Thanks for doing this hike, Tracey and Sammy!

      1 · September 3, 2013

  • Sarah M.

    Hi everyone! I haven't been to the Hiking group for a while, but I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

    September 3, 2013

  • Ziggy

    Look forward to being apart of this hike and meeting yall I think I have been a member of this group for like 4 or 5 years and this is the first hike I've gotten to do with the meetup in Asheville.

    September 3, 2013

  • Mary Beth H.

    Hey Guys and Gals,
    I am going to do my best to get there. Not sure if I'll get off of work in time. Please don't be mad at me if I have to back out. I really would love to see youse.

    September 2, 2013

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