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Member Hike to Youngs Mountain
October 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pmFree
Join us on a hike at Youngs Mountain!
Located in Rutherford County, the Youngs Mountain Trail passes through 437 acres of habitat that Conserving Carolina helped to protect. Youngs Mountain is a natural treasure that is home to many rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The mountain is part of the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment, where the mountains rise from the Piedmont. The swift elevation change of the escarpment creates a wide range of niches for plants and wildlife, supporting extraordinary biodiversity.
The trail culminates on the summit of Youngs Mountain, which offers spectacular views over Lake Lure and the sheer rock faces of Rumbling Bald, Shumont Mountain, and Eagle Rock. You can also see Weed Patch Mountain, Buffalo Creek Park, and the lower Hickory Nut Gorge. On a clear day, you may see Mt. Mitchell and the Black Mountains. You can also see a vast stretch of the Piedmont to the southeast.
With views everywhere and in fall leaf season, this hike should be a wonderful opportunity to see the Hickory Nut Gorge at its finest. This trail is open to the public but it requires reservations for parking, if going on your own. This is a wonderful opportunity to see a beautiful piece of land, conserved forever, take in a magnificent new Conserving Carolina trail, and experience the color change from up high.
Come see this beautiful property that YOU conserved and get a behind the scenes perspective on a public trail that YOU built!
WHEN: Saturday, October 23rd
WHO: Must be a Conserving Carolina Member. If you are unsure of your membership status, contact Community Engagement Manager Ericka at [email protected] or 828-697-5777 ext. 222.
WHAT: The hike is approximately 4.2-miles, strenuous with steep stretches, gaining 1,200 feet in elevation. It is a remote and strenuous hike. Trekking or hiking poles strongly recommended.
WHERE: Parking is limited. Meet at 9AM at Mountains Branch Library to carpool to the site (150 Bills Creek Rd. Lake Lure, NC 28746). Masks required for carpooling.