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Blue Ridge Conservancy Announces 2014 Free Public Hike Opportunities Offered by Public Nonprofit

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A group of hikers atop Pond Mountain. Photo by Rob McCorkindale

April 8, 2014. Blue Ridge Conservancy will offer nine free public hikes, including the Kids in Nature Hikes, in the High Country from April to October.  BRC is offering several new hikes in 2014 including an ASU Sustainable Development Farm Tour, Elk Knob Sunset hike, and Snake Mountain hike.  The first hike is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 at Stone Mountain State Park in Wilkes County. 

Dr. Stewart Skeate (left) on the Elk Knob Trail with a group of hikers. Photo by Dr. Lynette Holman

“We are proud to offer a variety of hikes for adults, families, and children in the High Country,” said Rob McCorkindale, Blue Ridge Conservancy’s Director of Development and Communications. “We started the Kids in Nature Hikes in 2013 and we had a great turnout as kids and families from all over came to learn more about nature, the land, and conversation.  We hope it will grow even more in 2014.”

All hikes are guided by a naturalist and BRC’s staff. 

To register or for more information, visit blueridgeconservany.org or calling BRC at 828-264-2511.

BRC 2014 Hike Schedule:

  • Stone Mountain Loop Trail – Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.
  • Kids in Nature – Boone United Trail – Wednesday, June 18, 10:30 a.m.
  • Bear Paw State Natural Area – Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m.
  • Elk Knob Sunset Hike – Wednesday, July 9, 5:30 p.m.
  • ASU Sustainable Development Farm Tour – Wednesday, July 16, 1:00 p.m.
  • Kids in Nature- Glen Burney Trail – Wednesday, July 23, 10:30 a.m.
  • Pond Mountain – Saturday, August 16, 9 a.m.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall Hike & Hawk Watch – Saturday, September 27, 9 a.m.
  • Snake Mountain – Saturday, October 11, 9 a.m.


Blue Ridge Conservancy is a private, non-profit, non-governmental organization incorporated in North Carolina. Since our founding, we have protected close to 18,000 acres in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey Counties.  In addition to protecting working farmland, BRC’s efforts have resulted in the creation of state natural areas like Beech Creek Bog, Bear Paw and Bullhead Mountain. We continue to help Elk Knob State park expand its borders and in 2008 we led the way in establishing a 2,400-acre State Game Land preserve on Pond Mountain in Ashe County.