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Upcoming Hikes (click for details):

Wednesday Apr. 23, 9:00 AM - Green's Lick to Ingles Field Gap - 8 mi.

Saturday Apr. 26, 8:00 AM - Hawkbill Flower Hike - 8.4 mi.

Sunday Apr. 27, 8:00 AM - Highlands Plateau Progressive Hikes - 8.5 mi.

Sunday Half-Day Apr. 27, 12:30 PM - Hickory Branch Falls - 3.5 mi.

Wednesday Apr. 30, 8:00 AM - Waterfall Ramble near Brevard - 6 mi.

Wednesday Apr. 30, 8:00 AM - Gabes Mtn. Trail - 9.6 mi.

Hike, Save Trails, Make Friends!

Now is the time to submit comments to the Forest Service on the Pisgah-Nantahala Forest plan revision.  It’s very important that the Forest Service hears from hikers about what is important in the new forest plan.  YOUR COMMENTS MATTER.  Decisions about trails, ecology, recreation, forest products and many others, for fifteen years, will be based on the new plan. Click here to find out how: Forest Management Plan

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    Linville Gorge

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    CMC

    90 Years Young

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    Spring is Coming!

    First Wildflowers

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    Pinkshell Azalea

    Black Balsam flowers

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    Clearing the AT

    Getting ready for spring through-hikers

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    Building the MST

    Spring trail-building begins!

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How to Participate

The main activities of the Carolina Mountain Club are hiking and trail maintaining.  You are invited to join before you participate, or you may come with us for a day or two of hiking or trail maintenance before you decide to join.  Non-members must contact the event leader ahead of time.

In addition, there are other recreational and organizational activities in which you can take part or assume a leadership role.  Since the Carolina Mountain Club is a non-profit organization and has no paid officers or staff, members donate hundreds of hours each month for the variety of functions necessary to accomplish our mission.

Hiking

The primary objective of the Carolina Mountain Club is to explore and enjoy the mountains of Western North Carolina and adjacent regions by hiking their trails. We do this by offering three to five hikes each week--from easy half-day hikes to challenging, fast-paced all day hikes. Our hikes offer something for everyone--exercise, natural beauty, companionship, mountain history and culture, and adventure. Hikes are available to non-members as well as members of the Club. However, if you're not yet a member of the CMC you must contact the hike leader in order to join a scheduled hike. All hikes are led by members who volunteer their time, expertise and love of hiking. So pull on those boots, shoulder the backpack, and join us on the trail!


Conservation

The Conservation Committee will inform Club members of issues that may affect the hiking experience in the Club’s day-hiking area. The Committee will encourage Club members to voice their opinions on important issues identified by the Committee. The Committee will publicly advocate accepted Club positions on key issues when approved by the Council.

Trail Work

 

Trail building and maintenance is the second major activity of the CMC.  Males and females of all ages are invited to participate.  Trail maintenance is a good way to stay physically and mentally healthy.  We have groups that go out weekly, bi weekly and quarterly.  If you can't go out with a group we have sections of the Mountains to the Sea Trail and Appalachian Trail that need stewardship too.                

Education

The Education Committee plans workshops and events on a variety of topics related to hiking.  In the recent past, courses were offered on Orienteering and Wilderness First Aid.  Committee members are currently working with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to offer opportunities for family hiking.  Contact a member of the Education Committee with suggestions or to get involved.

Challenges

Carolina Mountain Club administers four official programs that challenge hikers to reach a collection of outdoor destinations.  These challenges include South Beyond 6000 (SB6K) - hiking the 40 southeastern 6,000 foot peaks; Lookout Tower Challenge (LTC) - hiking 24 fire towers in WNC; Pisgah 400 (P400) - hiking all 400 miles of trails in the Pisgah Ranger District, and Waterfall & Cascade 100 (WC100) - hiking 100 of WNC's most spectacular waterfalls. Take the challenge and earn your patch today!