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

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.

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 to the Nature Garden Trail (0.1 miles), then down the Wesley Branch Trail (0.4 miles), along the entire length of Bent Creek Road (1.3 miles), taking the scenic route to see wildflowers, then hike up the Carolina Mountain trail (1.3 miles) to the Visitor Education Center, then across to the parking lot.  We will stop at all trail intersections.

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.

What if it rains? Keep checking the website, if it looks bad, I will probably cancel...If I don't cancel, bring appropriate clothing, including rain gear.

Hope to see you there.

Tracey (828)[masked]

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  • Fiora

    Wow. My apologies for not making it. Would love to come again, but is it only free parking once a month on Tuesdays? Darn.

    July 3, 2013

  • Bryan S.

    Great!

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • Melanie

    Very pleased to be a part of the group's 1,000th hike!!!!

    2 · July 3, 2013

  • Bryan S.

    Thanks Tracey! That was wonderful!

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Claire

    Another great hike. Thanks so much, Tracey.

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Carrie

    Really nice evening! Thanks, Tracey!

    2 · July 2, 2013

    • Glenn C

      Definitely a good evening all around !!

      1 · July 2, 2013

  • Kat

    rain

    July 2, 2013

    • Tracey R.

      It's clear here!!!

      July 2, 2013

    • Kat

      sorry too late to turn back now but enjoy

      July 2, 2013

  • Patricia C.

    rain

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Glenn C

    Only a small blip on radar, though. Shouldn't last long at all.

    July 2, 2013

  • Kat

    cancelling, it's pouring down rain in Hendersonville.

    July 2, 2013

  • Kim B

    Friend returned to town, going to dinner instead. Ya'll have fun and stay cool.

    July 2, 2013

  • Claire

    Wish we could do these short, loop, close to Asheville, social hikes once a week. This one is so popular. There are many social hikers in the group who would love it.

    July 2, 2013

  • Sammy F.

    Sorry to miss it! :(

    2 · July 1, 2013

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