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Hike with Foothills Humane Society

April 29, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Meet: Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve, Oak Grove Rd, Landrum, SC 29356 (see map link below)

Time: 10:00 a.m.

What to expect: 5.5-miles, moderately strenuous; trail type-lollipop; elevation change 928′


Hikers, and their dogs, are invited to join Conserving Carolina and the Foothills Humane Society (FHS) on Saturday, April 29 for a 5.5-mile hike at Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve in South Carolina.

This is a great opportunity to give a shelter dog a break from the shelter and allow them to enjoy a nice, socializing walk in the woods. There is a limit to the number of dogs that can come from the shelter, so if you’re interested in walking a dog, please contact Paula Drake, Volunteer Coordinator for FHS to arrange a time for training orientation, pairing with the appropriate dog, and to sign a volunteer waiver. Paula can be reached at, [email protected]. Participants may also bring their own dog on the hike so long as they are kept on leash and do not have any nose-to-nose meetings with the shelter dogs.

The 5.5-mile hike is 2.75-miles out and 2.75-miles back and it starts out as relatively easy, winding through new growth forest and along several streams, gradually becoming moderately strenuous as the trail ascends Squirrel Mountain through a rich hardwood forest with beautiful rock outcroppings. After reaching the ridge top, the trail descends Squirrel Mountain through a lush cove forest to the South Pacolet River, at the base of Chestnut Ridge.

Pre-registration is mandatory, and space is limited to 20 participants. To register, please RSVP below. THIS HIKE IS FULL, to be put on the waiting list, contact Pam Torlina by email below.

Hikers will meet at the Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve parking area/trailhead at 10:00 a.m. to check in. We would like FHS to have a parking spot in the lot, if possible, for ease and safety getting the dogs out and to their walkers.  (There is overflow parking along Oak Grove Road.)  Hikers should be prepared to return to the area in the late afternoon. 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.

Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. Bring a bag lunch and/or snack and plenty of water (don’t forget snacks for your pooch!).

In case of inclement weather, please contact Pam Torlina by email at: pam@conservingcarolina by 7:00 a.m. on the day of the hike and/or check the Conserving Carolina website ‘calendar’ and/or Facebook page to see if the hike will take place. Please also remember to bring any medication that you may need in the event of an emergency (ie: epinephrine, nitroglycerine, insulin, etc.). Hike leader will carry a first aid kit; however, it may not contain specific medication for your individual needs.

For more information or to be put on the waiting list, contact Pam Torlina by email at: [email protected].


April 29, 2023
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve
Oak Grove Road
Landrum, 29356 United States
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