Hemphill Bald

Take a hike to Hemphill Bald in Cataloochee Ranch

Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Mast General Store for a leisurely, fall foliage hike to the breathtaking heights of Hemphill Bald in Cataloochee Ranch.

The moderate hike will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Cataloochee Ranch. The meeting place is Earth Fare in the Westgate Shopping Center in Asheville at 9 a.m.

Hemphill Bald, directly adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, was the first tract of land to be conserved by SAHC in the Cataloochee area in 1993.

Translated from Cherokee into English, the word “Cataloochee” means “wave upon wave.” From the summit hikers will indeed be able to see wave upon wave of Blue Ridge Mountains including other SAHC-conserved properties such as the 8,000 acre Waynesville Watershed; the Plott Balsam conservation easement protecting the top of Plott Balsam Mountain; the Crawford Creek conservation easements at the base of Cold Mountain; and the high ridgetop properties of one of SAHC’s primary farmland focus areas: Sandy Mush, Buncombe County.

In addition, fall is settling into the mountains as the chlorophyll within the leaves of trees begin to break down, revealing their true, hidden colors. Make sure to bring your cameras to capture the vibrant fall colors speckling the mountains.

The hike is free but pre-registration is required. The hike lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To register, visit https://appalachian.org/event/2019-hemphill-bald-fall-foliage-hike/.

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