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

  • Oct 1, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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This is the last free first Tuesday of the month Arboretum hike this year!  (The Arboretum goes to winter hours 8 AM - 7 PM November - March, and it's too dark to hike after work at 6!)

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. (Sunset is at 7:14 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 moderate pace, about 2-2.5 miles per hour, or about 1 mile every 24 - 30 minutes; however, we need to try to be back before it gets really dark.  Please try to stay with the group when hiking!

The Route: Go across the parking lot by the main Visitor Center and down the Carolina Mountain Trail (1.3 miles), 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 Wesley Branch Trail (0.4 miles), over on the Nature Garden Trail (0.1 mile) and back to the parking lot.  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.  A flashlight, since it may be dark at the end of the hike.  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 2/3 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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  • Sammy F.

    Thanks for coming out for the last Arboretum hike of the year. It was such a big group, I'm sorry I didn't get to talk to many of you that much. Hike stats: 3.17 miles in 1:18:29, or 1 mile in 24:47 minutes, about 2.42 mph.

    1 · October 2, 2013

  • Bryan S.

    Thanks Tracey and Sammy for hosting!! Sad to see the Tuesday hikes having to take a hiatus.

    3 · October 1, 2013

    • Sammy F.

      Sad to see summer and longer days taking a hiatus.

      2 · October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm here at what looks like the main entrance but a sign on the gate says it's the rear entrance and it's closed I don't have cell phone service either so if you have a smart phone hopefully you will see this .help!! Sarah

    October 1, 2013

    • Tracey R.

      If you go back to Brevard Road and take a right, the main entrance will be down on the right it's along with the entrance to the Blue Ridge Pkwy.

      October 1, 2013

  • Hilary P.

    Almost there

    October 1, 2013

  • Claire

    Oh My, my event just got cancelled. Hope to join you. Claire

    September 30, 2013

  • Claire

    Just wanted to say THANKS,SO MUCH to Sammy and Tracey for these wonderful hikes this summer. I have other plans this month but if you ever do a Saturday hike of similar length and ease, count me in. Thanks again.

    September 30, 2013

  • Sandra G.

    Hit there, I am very exited to join this group and looking forward to experience the beauty of this magical mountains this fall. Wanted to know if we have to pay to get in the Arboretum after 6. Anybody knows? Thank you! See you all tomorrow :)

    September 30, 2013

    • Sammy F.

      Thanks for answering, Dan. Sandra, that is why we schedule this hike on the first Tuesday of the month during the warmer months--parking at the Arboretum is free on the first Tuesday of each month.

      September 30, 2013

    • Sandra G.

      Awesome! Thank you for your answers. I am looking forward to meet you all ;)

      September 30, 2013

  • Amy U.

    I would love to go if I can get a ride! I am in west Asheville off of Sand Hill rd...just moved here and waiting to get a car.

    September 30, 2013

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