What we’re about
ASTA endeavors to provide pathways for outdoor recreation that promote healthy lifestyles and connect enthusiasts to nature. Whether it is walking, peddling, hiking, paddling or horseback riding, Alleghany County is rich with existing resources for all to experience. This Meetup group is for anyone with an interest in enjoying our outdoor resources such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, New River, the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) Segments 5 and 6 and three existing parks in the Sparta town limits. We will coordinate group hikes and other trail related events in our local geographic area.
Events will be planned for different degrees of difficulty and length. Our pace will be moderate and tailored to fit the diverse needs of the group. Other events such as trail maintenance, trail days, paddling, peddling and others will also be posted here.
Anyone that is interested can join at no cost. Please just answer a few questions in the request to join and include a photo so we know who you are. All our events will be posted here. Our group is sponsored by the Alleghany Sparta Trail Association, check us out - http://www.spartatrails.org .
If you can't participate in our events, you can contribute in other ways or you can participate by making a donation. Please visit our website. ASTA is all-volunteer lead and is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.
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- Rendezvous Mountain State Park (Wilkes County) , Purlear NCRendezvous Mountain State Park, Purlear, NC
Hiking Description: We will be hiking at Rendezvous Mountain State Park in Wilkes County, on the 3.75 mile Amadahy Waterfalls trail, with an elevation gain of 935 feet. Amadahy is a Cherokee word for "forest water". A portion of this hike follows old logging and gravel roads. The first part of the trail is moderately steep but fairly easy going. Once we are at the creek, the remainder of the trail is a more gradual uphill and crosses Purlear Creek several times and passes a waterfall. There are stepping stones and rocks to get across with dry feet, unless there's been a good rain before the hike. Back at the top and on the road again is a sweeping view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Difficulty: This trail is considered moderately difficult. There are a few steep incline - declines along the trail, along with rocks, roots, and several small stream crossings. The distance is approximately 3.75 miles and the elevation gain is around 935 feet.
How to Find: We will meet in the parking area near the Forestry Center. The road to the park is gravel. Below is a google map link to the parking lot. Google Maps
We use the All Trails app for our hikes. You are encouraged to download the app to your phone, it is free. Many trails are available to preview on the app. All Trails Map: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/north-carolina/amadahy-trail?sh=omqz4x
Following is a link to the NC State Park website: NC Parks - Rendezvous Mountain
Weather: This hike is weather dependent. If the weather forecast turns inclement, we will possibly reschedule the event for a different day and time. If it is questionable, please check back here to the home page before the event to see if conditions have changed, we will try to update event status as timely as practical.
Other Info: You should expect roots, rocks and poor footing in some locations on the trails. To reduce the chance of a fall and for balance, a hiking pole or poles is recommended. Also, please wear shoes with good ankle support and traction. You should bring water, comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather and season (example: warm gear in cold weather and rain gear for seasonal kikes is always a good idea), a snack if desired (please pack out any trash), and during bug season a good repellant for mosquitos and ticks may be desired. Please abide by our dog policy.
Terms of Participation: Participation in this event constitutes acceptance of the terms of participation as listed for this group on its homepage. On behalf of yourself and any guest you invite, participation in our events is entirely at your own risk.