This hike has been offered twice now, please reference past meetups:
http://www.meetup.com/asheville-hiking/events/52980902/ (Feb. 26, 2012)
http://www.meetup.com/asheville-hiking/events/49663622/ (Feb. 4, 2012)
Now it’s my turn to go ! Let’s head down to South Carolina and check it out!
***NOTE: IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN TO THIS LOCATION ON THE RECENT MEETUPS, THEN PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS ONE, I WANT TO GIVE OTHERS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN, A CHANCE TO GO. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING & COOPERATION.***
Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve, ~6.5 miles, Moderate
Distance: ~6.5 miles RT
Trail Type: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 1,160’+
Directions to trailhead from INGLES <--- Link
The 373-acre Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve (managed by the Heritage Trust Program of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources), which is a wonder nestled within a pristine mountain gorge. The Eastatoe (pronounced “EAST-a-toee”) Creek Trail is relatively easy for most of the way, but drops precipitously down into the gorge for its last .5 mile. Located at the end is the Eastatoe Gorge Falls, which is also known as ‘The Narrows’.
Photo courtesy of Eric Lindquist
The forest teems with large beech and hemlocks as well as wildflowers such as partridgeberry and jack-in-the-pulpit. Switchbacks make the going a bit easier, and stairs are provided where the trail descends/ascends more steeply. The Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve is home to a beautiful stream filled with naturally reproducing rainbow trout. Across the creek is a cliff with a small, attractive waterfall. Due to the unusual humidity in this area, three rare tropical ferns, one of which is the Tunbridge Fern, grow here that are not found anywhere else in North America.
The elevation gain will be somewhere in the vicinity of ~1,160’.
- This is a dog friendly hike (on leashes).
- Bring a lunch and your favorite beverage.
- Bring your camera.
RSVP's: Those individuals on the 'GOING' list who do not show up for the meetup will have their attendance status marked as a 'NO SHOW'. So if need be, please update your RSVP as soon as you are able, to give people on the waiting list a chance to attend. And if I can remember, then I will send out an email regarding RSVP updates a day or two before the meetup is scheduled. Thank you for your cooperation and interest in this hike !