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Please join us for our APRIL 2019 Club Meeting When: Socializing and eating starts at 6:30 pm. Program to follow. Eating: Dinner on your own. Order from the menu. Program: Slide presentation from several camping trips at Canyonlands Nat Park including a trip with Laura & Annie to Moab and vacations from 2013 & 2016. Along the way we will visit arches, slot canyons, hoodoos and goblins....OH MY! Come out and socialize with your Berg friends (or meet new ones). We have meetings with programs about once a month. IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, PLEASE SIGN UP AND DO IT EARLY AS THE VENUE HAS LIMITED SPACE. THANKS.
Looming high over Marion and the North Fork Catawba River Valley, Bald Knob and Dobson Knob form a whale-like ridge that stands separate from the mountains of Linville Gorge. Even though these peaks lie within Pisgah National Forest, this area is largely unknown to the casual hiker. The only maintained trail running through this area is North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail . We will head east from the North Fork of the Catawba river, crossing the river on a pedestrian bridge then climb 2000 ft to the top of Bald Knob, and then continue on the MST on a steep climb to Dobson Knob This is an out and back hike that clocks in at approx. 12 miles. This is the same hike that we did last fall but this time we will go all the way to Dobson Knob. We will enjoy fantastic views of Linville Gorge and Lake James from Bald Knob there are supposed to be good views of the North Fork of the Catawba from Dobson Knob. This is an unusual hike in that the area we hike through was burned a few years ago so you are out in the open almost the whole hike, therefore exposed to the elements. I would rate this hike as Strenuous to Very Strenuous due to the elevation gain and the length. We will stop for food and drink on the way home. Berg Guidelines for Event Participants (http://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Participants.htm) Berg Guidelines for Event Organizers (http://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Organizers.htm)
Spring! This is our Quarterly clean-up of Laura's Trail. Meet at 9:00 at the Visitor Center, just inside the gate. We pick up trash along trails and shorelines until around noon - a pretty way to spend a morning. Lunch usually follows. Usually barbecue. Usually seconds.... Laura's Trail is part of the trail system at Latta Nature Preserve on Mountain Island Lake. It is named after Laura Anderson, a memorable and active Berg member who sadly died in a car accident in 1995. Four times a year, we do clean-ups for her trail and for others in the Preserve. In addition, our volunteer hours are credited towards free use of the shelter for our Christmas Party. Bring water, and gloves, grabbers, bags if you have them. (If RSVPing for someone else, please include names....) Contact Stuart with questions [masked]c).
This is very easy paddle day on flat water. Approximately 2.5 miles of kayaking and 5 miles of hiking Meeting spot 10 am NC 107 and SR 1135 Shook Cove Road, Tuckasegee, NC This road crossing is at the intersection of the Tuckasegee River and the West Fork Tuckasegee River. Look for cars with boats on the roof. No park entrance fee. Max participants 6 Canoe would also be a great option. Paddle board if know your abilty to use for distance. https://www.dwhike.com/Hikes-in-the-South/North-Carolina-Hikes/Nantahala-National-Forest/Bear-Creek-Lake-Waterfalls-NC/ Our trip will be similar to this posting. I have arranged access through a private gated community which greatly shortens the necessary paddling. There is an easier and safer route for Flat Creek Falls without a slippery rock climb. Kevin Adams, of NC waterfall fame, gives Flat Creek Falls a 10 beauty rating and says Sol’s Creek Falls is one of his top 5 waterfalls in the state of NC. (NC Waterfalls 3rd ed. pg 319 & 336) They can only be easily accessed by water. Paddle to take out for Sol’s Creek Falls. Picnic on tiny island with a rope swing. Then a paddle to take out for Flat Creek Falls. Return paddle to beach. My last visit included tiger lilies in bloom, swallowtail butterflies, kingfirshers, and herons. This is an awe-inspiring, easy day paddling on a pristine lake, especially since I have cut the paddle by more than 1/2. once we head east from Bear Lake property there is only cliff and forest with no development. Be sure to bring hat, sunscreen, water, food, towel, bathing suit, clothes change, bug spray, food, snacks, appropriate foot wear for hiking and boating, sun glasses cord, and dry sack. Perhaps rope for tie up at pull outs. Will be circling the little island, so possible to drop any supplies (cooler) there for the day that could get wet or heavy. This is 3 hours and 9 minutes from Charlotte. I posted it last year and had no sign ups. I am posting this in conjunction with a Charlotte Ski and Snow Board Club Trip; thus the 6 spot limit. If there are unfilled spots in either group, I will adjust the wait list one week prior. To make the distance more accessible for people, here are possible stay options if you feel they necessary: Laurelwood Inn Cashiers http://www.laurelwoodinncashiers.com Camping on Lake Glenville: https://www.rec.jacksonnc.org/rj-andrews-campground-information. (The campground has a large bald eagle nest right over the campsites and you could spend Sunday paddling to falls on that lake and hiking to High Falls there.) VRBO cottages are available in Bear Lake Reserve. Many possibilities are avaialbe in Sylva along the shortest driving route. If drive you in through Sylva, there is 3.1 mile detour to Judaculla Rock that could be done on your own. Its just a rock in a field, but you may never be closer. I found it pretty amazing! https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/judaculla-rock Please communicate to arrange car pools or roommates if you feel they are needed.