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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

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Naturalist-led hike to explore Midnight Hole

A 4-mile hike to Mouse Creek Falls and Midnight Hole in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will take in both the sights and commentary from professional naturalist Liz Domingue on Saturday, March 21.

Domingue has made the study of natural history her lifelong pursuit, founding Just Get Outdoors — a company that plans tailor-made guided naturalist adventures — and leading hikes and adventure tours nationwide. Her other hats include photographer, writer and educator.

Space limited. www.smokiesinformation.org or 888.898.9102, ext. 325, 222 or 254. 


Ring in the spring by diving in to local hikes

A story-sharing session from guidebook authors Dave and Tammy Wolfe will celebrate the first day of spring, 10 a.m. Friday, March 20, at the Macon County Public Library. 

The Wolfes, who have published two guidebooks of hikes, walks, waterfalls and drives in Western North Carolina and North Georgia, will share photos and tales of their adventures and dispense advice for local adventures. 

The program is part of the library’s “Walking with Spring” series, a partnership with the Nantahala Hiking Club and the Franklin Appalachian Trail Community.  Events are planned throughout the next month to celebrate Appalachian Trail thru-hiking season in WNC. 



Hike to feature watershed exploration and tree ID

A naturalist-guided 5-mile hike in Rough Creek Watershed north of Canton at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, will give hikers a chance to get outside with leaders well-versed in tree identification and ecology. 

The 870-acre area was first settled in the 1800s, but by the 1900s many of them had left their homesteads, and the Town of Canton designated the watershed a protected area. Remnants of settlements are still visible, and the watershed contains a diversity of plants and animals. The Rough Creek Watershed serves as a backup water supply for Canton and is protected by a conservation easement through the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, the Town of Canton and the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund. 

The event is part of Haywood Waterways Association’s “Get to Know Your Watershed” series of outdoor hikes, lectures and paddle tours. Friends of the Rough Creek Watershed is also a host. 

RSVP by March 25 to Christine O’Brien, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.476.4667.

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