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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:53

Rare hike offered to see Waynesville watershed

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out watershedOnce again the Town of Waynesville is offering its popular Waynesville Watershed Hike, which offers hikers a walk through a portion of its 8,600-acre protected tract of land that is usually off-limits to the public. 


This year’s hike will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and features naturalist Don Hendershot and Peter Bates, associate professor of natural resources at Western North Carolina. Hendershot will talk about the flora and fauna, and Bates will answer questions about the watershed property and forest management plan. The preserve reaches from Allens Creek up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, a massive flank that cradles the southern end of town. The tract serves as the source of Waynesville’s drinking water. 

The 50-acre reservoir fed by the watershed holds around 600 million gallons of water.  Elevations on the property range from 3,200 feet by the reservoir to more than 6,200 feet at Richland Balsam. Hikers must be able to hike three to five miles in moderately strenuous terrain and should bring their own lunch, water, appropriate clothing, hat and rain gear. Birders should also bring their binoculars. 

To register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 828.456.2030.

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  • This must be the place

    art theplaceMary Harper was quite possibly the first real friend I made when I moved to Western North Carolina.

    With my apartment a few blocks away from the Water’n Hole Bar & Grill in Waynesville, I ventured down there at night trying to see what was up in this town, trying to make some friends, and trying not to feel alone and isolated in a new place where I was unknown to all who surrounded me. Harper, with her million-dollar smile and swagger, immediately made me feel at home. 

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