Parks, Trails, Preserves, and Greenways

What do you love to do outdoors? There are so many ways to enjoy nature, from family outings to adventure sports, fly fishing to photography, rock climbing to riding horses. At Conserving Carolina, we’re passionate about providing great places to enjoy the outdoors.

From state parks to nature preserves to local parks and greenways, we have protected over 23,000 acres of land for recreation!  

  • Hiking group on Trombatore Trail
  • Chimney Rock Photo
  • Bearwallow Sunset
  • Boy on Wildcat Rock Trail
  • Ice Climbers at Little Bearwallow Falls
  • Reece Place Falls, on East Fork in Headwaters State Forest – photo by Kevin Adams
  • View from Weed Patch Mountain Trail
  • Spring on the upper French Broad River
  • Little White Oak Mountain view from Polk County Middle School (courtesy PCMS)
  • Backpacker
  • Horseback riding in DuPont State Recreational Forest

Find a Place to Play

There are over 25 places that we’ve helped protect that are now open to the public! There are many more places where we’re currently working create trails or infrastructure so you can come explore them. If you want more places for recreation, you can help as a Conserving Carolina member or volunteer

Buncombe County

Henderson County

Rutherford County

Polk County

Transylvania County

Guided Hikes and Volunteer Days

Do you want to make a difference by building trails or restoring habitat? Do you want to discover some sweet new hiking spots? Do you want to connect with other people who enjoy the outdoors? Would you like to learn more about our region’s unique natural habitats?

If so, there are lots of ways you can get outside with Conserving Carolina and we’d love to have you.

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Botanist and AmeriCorps member Amy Powell leads a wildflower walk for Conserving Carolina volunteers at our Melrose Falls preserve.

Pathways to Parks: A Nature Group for People of Color

Parks and trails are for everyone—but, often, people of color don’t benefit from them as much as white people. At an event co-sponsored by Conserving Carolina, Frank and Audrey Peterman asked “Where are the black and brown faces?” The Petermans inspired members of the audience to start a new group, called Pathways to Parks. See their story

This group encourages black and brown people to take advantage of parks, trails, and nature preserves through activities such as hiking, camping, cycling, tennis, walking, and picnicking. To learn about upcoming activities, please contact Tanya Shahid-Cummings at pathwaystoparks@yahoo.com

Larry Pender goes for a walk in the woods with Pathways to Parks.