Appalachian Spring

Thu, May 16
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
USA Raft

Join us in celebrating SAHC’s 45th Anniversary at USA Raft Adventure Resort outpost on the banks of the Nolichucky River in Tennessee! This year, we have an extra-special annual Appalachian Spring Conservation Celebration planned, with outdoor adventures available earlier in the day.

Pre-Event Activities begin at 3 pm

Thanks to our generous friends at USA Raft Adventure Resort, these activities are offered FREE for participants (except the rafting trips, which are offered at a 25% discount for this event).

Stand-up Paddleboard with instructors on site. Boards of all different shapes and sizes for kids to adults. Come prepared to get your feet wet!

Onewheel lessons and demo on site for all ages.

Self-guided Hikes – Options of 3 different hikes to discover nature’s beauty along the Nolichucky or Appalachian Trail: 15 minute stroll along the Nolichucky, 1 hour or 2 hour along the AT.

Fly fishing – A guide will be on hand for demos and equipment use. No license required.

Rafting — Before the event, guests have the option of two rafting trips. Register through USA Raft using discount codes and links below. Please note – discounted fee for rafting trips is in addition to your Appalachian Spring tickets.

Nolichucky Gorge Half Day Trip – Class 3-4, begins at 1:30 pm, back by 5 pm. Use promo code SAHCGORGE for a 25% discount; total $56 per person.

Lower Nolichucky Half Day Trip – Class 1-2, begins at 2 pm, back by 4:30 pm. You can take inflatable kayaks on this section. Use promo code SAHCLOWER for a 25% discount; total $34 per person.

If you would like to bring your own kayak – then you can join the trip for FREE.

Plant Walk with HERBalachia — 4 pm

Join Michelle Bouton of HERBalachia for a brief introduction to several of our most appreciated wild foods and medicines in the eastern TN bio-region. When we visit plants in their natural habitat, we are introduced to plant communities, giving us hints as to the delicate balance of interrelationship of plant species, natural environment, and human interaction. We will discuss basic wildcrafting ethics and reciprocation: what can we give back? Good footwear and a hand lens (if you have one) are useful.

Appalachian Spring Conservation Celebration – 5 pm to 8 pm

Enjoy a stunning setting, surrounded by lush mountains and the gorgeous Nolichucky River while the ETSU Old-Time Ramblers perform. We will have a silent auction with exciting outdoor packages — and all proceeds benefit ongoing conservation efforts. Dinner will be catered by Southern Craft BBQ, with veg options.

Join us in honoring the 2019 Stanley A. Murray Volunteers of the Year.

In 1989 the Stanley A. Murray Award for Volunteer Service was created to honor persons who have made outstanding volunteer contributions to the work of SAHC emulating the lifelong dedication of our founder, Stanley A. Murray.

This year, we honor the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club for its extraordinary volunteer help to SAHC in 2018 managing Golden-winged Warbler habitat around our Grassy Ridge “Birdhouse” property. TEHCC members made numerous trips to the Grassy Ridge property to open up 2.5 acres of new habitat for Golden-winged warblers. They donated fuel, equipment, and more than 383 hours cutting locusts on the property, then spent another 403 hours de-barking and transporting the locust to be used in repairing sections of the Appalachian Trail across the Roan Highlands. In addition, several members of the club participated in trail planning and building on our Elk Hollow preserve.

Appalachian Spring Tickets:
$35 member, $40 non-member, $50 at the door. $25 Student/AmeriCorps
Includes: BBQ Dinner (veg option) & Beer, Wine, Drinks.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors!

USA Raft
Highland Brewing Company
Mast General Store
Samsel Architects
White Oak Financial
Wicked Weed Brewery
Wilson Worley Attorneys at Law
Witherspoon Platt & Associates