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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 00:00

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Sunburst hike offered

An easy-to-moderate 5-mile hike in the Sunburst area of Haywood County will provide an opportunity to learn more about local flowers and woody plants, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6. 

Shannon Rabby, lead instructor of fish and wildlife management technology at Haywood Community College, will lead the hike, which is part of Haywood Waterways Association’s “Get to Know Your Watershed” series of outdoor outings. 

The event is free for HWA members with a $5 donation requested for nonmembers. Memberships start at $25. HWA will provide light refreshments. No pets. 

Space limited; RSVP by Thursday, May 4, to Christine O’Brien, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.476.4667. 

 

Explore a new trail system 

An easy 2.5-mile hike on the brand new Piney Knob Bike and Hiking Trails near Murphy will provide a tutorial in how to read the landscape, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 4. 

Johnny Strawn, a landscape expert and Mainspring Conservation Trust board member, will lead the hike through the conserved Murphy Watershed property and help participants understand what the land has to say about its natural, cultural and historical attributes. Participants will also learn some beginner-level plant identification. 

This hike will be the first public viewing of the new trail system. 

Free, with space limited. The group will meet at 9 a.m. in Murphy and carpool to the trailhead. RSVP by April 27 to Sarah Posey, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.837.6383. 

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