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Fall Hiking Series: World’s Edge

October 11, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Where: World’s Edge, Chimney Rock State Park

Meet: Columbus, Food Lion parking area, east side, @ 8:30

4.4-miles, moderate; trail type-out and back

Located along the Blue Ridge Escarpment and traversing the Polk and Rutherford County lines, as the name implies, World’s Edge offers exquisite views of the surrounding mountains and Piedmont. Conserving Carolina (formerly Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy) purchased this property to save it from development in the early 2000’s. Then, the land was transferred to the state of North Carolina to be added to Chimney Rock State Park.

Following an old roadbed, the trail will lead hikers along the ridgeline, down a saddle between World’s Edge and Jude’s Gap, and into Polk County. The trail will end at the Park boundary then hikers will return the same way. There is a 948′ elevation change. Approximately 45-minute drive, one-way.

Contact Pam@conservingcarolina.org with additional questions.

Conserving Carolina is sponsoring a Friday hiking series this fall, free, guided, and open to the public. The hikes will meet at various locations (noted for each date) and will leave promptly at 8:45 a.m. Hikers should plan to return to the area in the late afternoon, time varying with group size, distance of hike, and drive time. Car-pooling will be organized at the meeting locations. If you’re coming from an area closer to the trailhead, please contact Pam Torlina (email above and number below) to make other meeting arrangements.

Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. Bring a bag lunch and/or snack and plenty of water for yourself. In case of inclement weather, call the Conserving Carolina office, ext. 300, before 8:15 a.m. on the date of the hike, and/or check our Facebook page and calendar. Please also remember to bring any medication that you may need in the event of an emergency (ie: epinephrine, nitroglycerine, insulin, etc.). Hike leaders will carry a first aid kit; however, it may not contain specific medication for your individual needs.

Before each hike, you will be asked to sign a waiver form. For your safety, do not attempt any hike beyond your ability and experience. This schedule is subject to change.


October 11, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Food Lion Parking Lot
250 West Mills Street
Columbus, NC
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