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Haywood waterways hosts tree identification hike

Shannon Rabby. File photo Shannon Rabby. File photo

On May 18, Haywood Waterways Association and Haywood Community College will lead a moderate 6-mile hike in the Sunburst area of Haywood County. 

Shannon Rabby, Lead Instructor of the Fish and Wildlife Management Technology Department, will share his knowledge of local trees and woody plants on our way to a waterfall. The event is free for Haywood Waterways’ members and a $5 donation for nonmembers; memberships start at $25.

The event is part of Haywood Waterways’ “Get to Know Your Watershed” series of outdoor recreation activities. The organization works to maintain and improve Haywood County’s waterways through education, citizen engagement, and partnerships.

The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the picnic tables behind the Jukebox Junction Soda Shoppe, 6306 Pigeon Road, Canton. The hike will conclude by 4 p.m. Hikers should be prepared to hike through mud and several small streams. Bring lunch and water. Please leave pets at home.

Space is limited to 15 individuals. Haywood Waterways’ members can RSVP now to Mackenzie Tenan at mackenzie@haywoodwaterways. org or 828.476.4667 ext. 2; non-members can reserve a spot starting May.

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