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Register for a Guided Hike in Rough Creek

Haywood Waterways Association will lead a hike in the Rough Creek Watershed on Saturday, March 28. It will be guided by Eric Romaniszyn, Haywood Waterways’ Executive Director. The event is free for members and a $5 donation for nonmembers. Haywood Waterways’ memberships start at $25.

The Rough Creek Watershed is just north of the Town of Canton. This 870-acre area was settled by pioneers in the 1800’s. By the early 1900’s many of the settlers left and Canton designated it a protected area. Remnants of the settlements are still visible throughout the trail system. This watershed contains a diverse plant and animal community similar to what is found in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The Society of American Forestry lists the area as an outstanding ecological site. It is certified as a North Carolina Registered Natural Heritage Area because of the many rare & endangered plants in its unique Swamp Forest-Bog complex. The NC Division of Water Resources also identified the watershed as an Outstanding Resource Water. In 2002, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, the Town of Canton, and the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund came together to secure its long-term protection through a conservation easement.

The hike is part of Haywood Waterways’ “Get to Know Your Watershed” series of outdoor recreation events. The organization works to maintain and improve Haywood County’s waterways through education and partnerships that bring together technical and financial resources to resolve water quality issues.

The group will meet at the Lower Trail Junction parking lot at 9:30 am; the hike will conclude by 3 p.m. This moderate to strenuous 5.5 mile trail will hike along the Road Bed and Cherry Cove trails. Participants will need to bring lunch, water, warm clothing, and rain gear. Light refreshments will be provided. Carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking space. Please leave pets at home.

Space is limited to 20 hikers. Members can sign up now; non-members can sign up starting March 14. Reserve a space by contacting Christine O’Brien at christine.haywoodwaterways@gmail.com or 828-476-4667 ext. 11.

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