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June Jamboree 2019

June 15, 2019 @ 12:00 am

Join Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for our annual of celebration of conservation, June Jamboree! This day of outdoor activities includes yoga hikes, botanical expeditions, child-friendly educational activities, and many other hikes all in the beautiful, conserved Highlands of Roan. After the hikes all participants are welcomed to join the social at Big Rock Creek.
The Social
Time: 1-4 pm

After your adventure on your Jamboree outing be sure to stop by our afternoon social where friends and family can gather and share hike experiences while learning about SAHC’s recent accomplishments, including land protection and stewardship news. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

This years social will be at our Big Rock Creek Preserve. The Big Rock Creek property, formerly the home of Trailridge summer camp, contains 127 acres of unique high elevation habitat and streams. There will be a short trail that will be ready for walking – this trail was possible thanks to SAHC volunteers, the National Parks Conservation Association and Nature Valley!

The Hikes/Outings

#1 Highlands of OM: Yoga on the Roan
Location: Roan Mountain Gateway, Highlands of Roan
Start Time: 11 am | Est. End Time: 1 pm
Leader: TBD | Difficulty: Easy – No yoga experience req’d – 0.5 miles, 100?

Join us for a peaceful yoga session in the Highlands of Roan, surrounded by scenic views protected by SAHC. The session will begin with an easy 10-minute hike to an idyllic pasture on the Davenport-Pritchard Tract. Students of all levels will enjoy a soothing, relaxing, and restorative experience.

#2 Roll and Stroll at the Rhododendron Garden
Location: Rhododendron Gardens, Highlands of Roan
Start Time: 11 am | Est. End Time: 1 pm
Leader: Carl Silverstein, Executive Director of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy | Difficulty: Easy – 1 mile. 200?

We anticipate that the Rhododendron Gardens on top of the Roan will be blazing with color this time of year. Participants will stroll approximately 1 mile across gentle terrain with stunning views of the Roan landscape. On this leisurely walk, participants will learn about a number of SAHC’s land protection projects that can be viewed from the gardens. This family-friendly offering is designed to provide people of all abilities with an opportunity to get outside and enjoy some of the properties SAHc has diligently worked to protect over the last four decades. This trail is paved and wheelchair/stroller accessible.

#3 Roan & Groan: Hump Mountain – Carvers Gap
Location: Shell Creek Community Start Time: 9 am | Est. End Time: 3 pm
Leader: Israel Golden, SAHC AmeriCorps Associate | Difficulty: Strenuous (8.5 miles, ~3,000?)
This challenge hike will begin on the new 324-acre Hump Mountain tract. This tract of land was an SAHC priority for over 40 years. In 2016, SAHC protected this property and recently transferred it to the Cherokee National Forest as a new part of your public lands! From Shell Creek you will hike up to Bradley Gap and then traverse along the Appalachian Trail over Little Hump Mountain, Grassy Ridge, Jane Bald, Round Bald and end at Carvers Gap! The hike will be about 10 miles and will traverse many beautiful grassy balds. Hiking along the balds, there is the chance for views in all directions of Yellow Mountain and Grassy Ridge to the west and Grandfather and Linville Gorge to the East, in addition to numerous SAHC preserves. Along the route there could be Gray’s lilies in full bloom and migratory birds flitting around the edges of the balds. At the end of the hike participants will be shuttled back to their cars at Shell Creek.

#4 Botanical Exploration of the Roan
Location: Cloudland to Roan High Bluff
Start Time: 10 am | Est. End Time: 2 pm
Leader: Gary Kauffman, Botanist/Ecologist for National Forests in North Carolina | Difficulty: Moderate, 2.5 miles, 110?

Join Gary Kauffman as he leads participants on a Botanical Exploration of the Highlands of Roan. The hike will be about 2.5 miles and Gary will be able to identify the flora that makes the mountaintop their home. ON this slow paced, plant-focused hike participants will learn about the plant communities of the Roan, rare species, recreational impacts, and climate change. Participants will observe Grassy Bald, Spruce Fir, and Rocky Outcrop ecosystems and see breathtaking vistas of SAHC-conserved land. Plan on a leisurely, educational stroll!

#5 Sustainable Homestead Farm Tour
Location: Fork Mountain Preserve
Start Time: 12 pm | Est. End Time: 2 pm
Leader: Marquette Crockett, Jess Laggis, & Pat Tompkins| Difficulty: Easy – 1 mile, 100?

Join Roan Stewardship Associate Marquette Crockett, Farmland Protection Director Jess Laggis, and Pat Tompkins on an educational hike around SAHC’s Fork Mountain preserve. This 195-acre unique tract is part of our 430-acre Fork Mountain Preserve and was conserved by SAHC in 1995. Long-time resident and caretaker, Pat Tompkins has homesteaded this farm for decades and has a wealth of knowledge to share about caring for the earth and living sustainably. Participants are invited to tour her small homesteading operation and learn about sustainable agriculture along the way. This hike will be capped at 15 people.

#6 Explore Big Rock Creek Preserve
Location: Big Rock Creek
Start Time: 11 am | Est. End Time: 1 pm
Leader: Community Farm Intern, Abigail Snow | Difficulty: Easy, 0.25 miles

Bring your family to hike our short nature trail and play in the water at SAHC’s beautiful Big Rock Creek Preserve. This shorter hike is designed to get everyone outdoors and exploring some of the beautiful water protected by SAHC. Learn about some basic stream and pond ecology, look for crayfish and salamanders. Everyone is welcome to bring fishnets, buckets, or other toys to play with in the creek and pond. However, we ask that all equipment be gently cleaned before using it in this high quality trout stream. This hike is for kids 7 years and older. Parents are welcomed to participate as well. Please bring water appropriate clothing and shoes plus appropriate day hiking materials.

#7 & #8 Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge
Location: Carvers Gap Trailhead
Hike #7 Start Time: 8:30 am | Est. End Time: 12:30 pm
Hike #8 Start Time: 10 am | Est. End Time: 1 pm
Leader: Travis Bordley, SAHC Roan Naturalist & Professional Nature Photographer | Difficulty: Moderate – 4.5 miles, 650?

This new version of a classic and rewarding hike is full of adventure atop the highest elevation balds in the Highlands of Roan, widley considered among the most spectacular scenery along the Appalachian Trail. Hike #7 – An early start allows this hike to be leisurely paced, focused on enjoying a late Spring morning and photographing the splendor of the balds, blooming rhododendron, flame azalea, patches of spruce fir forest and rare plants such as Gray’s lily and Roan Mountain bluets. Hike #8 – For those who enjoy a faster paced hiking experience.

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June 15, 2019
12:00 am
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