Looking for things to do in Hendersonville, NC? Whether you’re a local or just passing through we’ve got loads of great tips and events to help you find your perfect adventure.

Saturday, May 28, 2022
White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 6
May 28 all-day
Western North Carolina Mountains

Hiking Challenge 6 is here! In Conserving Carolina’s and WPA’s White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 6, you get to explore the places you’re helping to protect—and they’re amazing! We invite you to take eight hikes on lands that Conserving Carolina has helped to protect, enhance, or open to the public.

This challenge includes two all-new Conserving Carolina trails with gorgeous views! Plus, you can see the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, lakes and waterfalls in DuPont State Recreational Forest, expanded trails in Bracken Mountain Preserve, and a beautiful creek in the Green River Game Lands. There’s also the all-time favorite Bearwallow Mountain with its 360-degree views over the mountains and countryside we’re working to protect.

These hikes will take you to some of our region’s “greatest hits,” as well as hidden gems where you may have the woods to yourself. If you’re into mountain biking, you have the option of biking some of these trails. And if you love to swim, fish, or just be near the water, five of these hikes take you to rivers, lakes, or waterfalls.

And the Hikes Are…

Drumroll please…. Here are the 8 hikes for this new Hiking Challenge! You can find more information and links to the full hike descriptions below. Which one will you do first?

  1. Bearwallow Mountain
  2. Wildcat Rock Trail – Extended
  3. Bracken Preserve
  4. DuPont State Recreational Forest: Fawn Lake and Lake Julia
  5. DuPont State Recreational Forest: Holly Road to Hooker Falls
  6. Green River Game Lands: Green River Cove Trail
  7. Whitewater Falls
  8. Youngs Mountain Trail
  9. LOG YOUR HIKES
    • Log each hike as you complete it. You can check your progress in this roster.
    • You can do the hikes at your own pace. You can take weeks, months, or over a year—whatever works for you.
    • You must complete all your hikes before the start of the next Hiking Challenge. We launch a new challenge about every two years.
    • Only hikes that you’ve done after Oct. 1, 2021 count toward Hiking Challenge 6.
    • You can complete the hikes on your own or as a group.
    • Please share about your hikes with the hashtag #whitesquirrelhikingchallenge (optional)
    • Feel free to share about your hikes and connect with other hikers in our Facebook group, the Conserving Carolina Community.

    The Hiking Challenge is free and open to all, but you must be a Conserving Carolina member to become a Hiking Challenge 6 Champion. If you are a member and you complete all 8 hikes, you will earn your White Squirrel Patch and exclusive perks from local businesses that support conservation, including Appalachian Coffee CompanyLazy Otter OutfittersMurphy’s Naturals, and YAM Yoga and Massage. Most importantly, you get to experience eight great places and deepen your personal connection to land conservation.

Thursday, June 2, 2022
White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 6
Jun 2 all-day
Western North Carolina Mountains

Hiking Challenge 6 is here! In Conserving Carolina’s and WPA’s White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 6, you get to explore the places you’re helping to protect—and they’re amazing! We invite you to take eight hikes on lands that Conserving Carolina has helped to protect, enhance, or open to the public.

This challenge includes two all-new Conserving Carolina trails with gorgeous views! Plus, you can see the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, lakes and waterfalls in DuPont State Recreational Forest, expanded trails in Bracken Mountain Preserve, and a beautiful creek in the Green River Game Lands. There’s also the all-time favorite Bearwallow Mountain with its 360-degree views over the mountains and countryside we’re working to protect.

These hikes will take you to some of our region’s “greatest hits,” as well as hidden gems where you may have the woods to yourself. If you’re into mountain biking, you have the option of biking some of these trails. And if you love to swim, fish, or just be near the water, five of these hikes take you to rivers, lakes, or waterfalls.

And the Hikes Are…

Drumroll please…. Here are the 8 hikes for this new Hiking Challenge! You can find more information and links to the full hike descriptions below. Which one will you do first?

  1. Bearwallow Mountain
  2. Wildcat Rock Trail – Extended
  3. Bracken Preserve
  4. DuPont State Recreational Forest: Fawn Lake and Lake Julia
  5. DuPont State Recreational Forest: Holly Road to Hooker Falls
  6. Green River Game Lands: Green River Cove Trail
  7. Whitewater Falls
  8. Youngs Mountain Trail
  9. LOG YOUR HIKES
    • Log each hike as you complete it. You can check your progress in this roster.
    • You can do the hikes at your own pace. You can take weeks, months, or over a year—whatever works for you.
    • You must complete all your hikes before the start of the next Hiking Challenge. We launch a new challenge about every two years.
    • Only hikes that you’ve done after Oct. 1, 2021 count toward Hiking Challenge 6.
    • You can complete the hikes on your own or as a group.
    • Please share about your hikes with the hashtag #whitesquirrelhikingchallenge (optional)
    • Feel free to share about your hikes and connect with other hikers in our Facebook group, the Conserving Carolina Community.

    The Hiking Challenge is free and open to all, but you must be a Conserving Carolina member to become a Hiking Challenge 6 Champion. If you are a member and you complete all 8 hikes, you will earn your White Squirrel Patch and exclusive perks from local businesses that support conservation, including Appalachian Coffee CompanyLazy Otter OutfittersMurphy’s Naturals, and YAM Yoga and Massage. Most importantly, you get to experience eight great places and deepen your personal connection to land conservation.

Friday, June 3, 2022
White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 6
Jun 3 all-day
Western North Carolina Mountains

Hiking Challenge 6 is here! In Conserving Carolina’s and WPA’s White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 6, you get to explore the places you’re helping to protect—and they’re amazing! We invite you to take eight hikes on lands that Conserving Carolina has helped to protect, enhance, or open to the public.

This challenge includes two all-new Conserving Carolina trails with gorgeous views! Plus, you can see the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, lakes and waterfalls in DuPont State Recreational Forest, expanded trails in Bracken Mountain Preserve, and a beautiful creek in the Green River Game Lands. There’s also the all-time favorite Bearwallow Mountain with its 360-degree views over the mountains and countryside we’re working to protect.

These hikes will take you to some of our region’s “greatest hits,” as well as hidden gems where you may have the woods to yourself. If you’re into mountain biking, you have the option of biking some of these trails. And if you love to swim, fish, or just be near the water, five of these hikes take you to rivers, lakes, or waterfalls.

And the Hikes Are…

Drumroll please…. Here are the 8 hikes for this new Hiking Challenge! You can find more information and links to the full hike descriptions below. Which one will you do first?

  1. Bearwallow Mountain
  2. Wildcat Rock Trail – Extended
  3. Bracken Preserve
  4. DuPont State Recreational Forest: Fawn Lake and Lake Julia
  5. DuPont State Recreational Forest: Holly Road to Hooker Falls
  6. Green River Game Lands: Green River Cove Trail
  7. Whitewater Falls
  8. Youngs Mountain Trail
  9. LOG YOUR HIKES
    • Log each hike as you complete it. You can check your progress in this roster.
    • You can do the hikes at your own pace. You can take weeks, months, or over a year—whatever works for you.
    • You must complete all your hikes before the start of the next Hiking Challenge. We launch a new challenge about every two years.
    • Only hikes that you’ve done after Oct. 1, 2021 count toward Hiking Challenge 6.
    • You can complete the hikes on your own or as a group.
    • Please share about your hikes with the hashtag #whitesquirrelhikingchallenge (optional)
    • Feel free to share about your hikes and connect with other hikers in our Facebook group, the Conserving Carolina Community.

    The Hiking Challenge is free and open to all, but you must be a Conserving Carolina member to become a Hiking Challenge 6 Champion. If you are a member and you complete all 8 hikes, you will earn your White Squirrel Patch and exclusive perks from local businesses that support conservation, including Appalachian Coffee CompanyLazy Otter OutfittersMurphy’s Naturals, and YAM Yoga and Massage. Most importantly, you get to experience eight great places and deepen your personal connection to land conservation.

Saturday, June 4, 2022
White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 6
Jun 4 all-day
Western North Carolina Mountains

Hiking Challenge 6 is here! In Conserving Carolina’s and WPA’s White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 6, you get to explore the places you’re helping to protect—and they’re amazing! We invite you to take eight hikes on lands that Conserving Carolina has helped to protect, enhance, or open to the public.

This challenge includes two all-new Conserving Carolina trails with gorgeous views! Plus, you can see the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, lakes and waterfalls in DuPont State Recreational Forest, expanded trails in Bracken Mountain Preserve, and a beautiful creek in the Green River Game Lands. There’s also the all-time favorite Bearwallow Mountain with its 360-degree views over the mountains and countryside we’re working to protect.

These hikes will take you to some of our region’s “greatest hits,” as well as hidden gems where you may have the woods to yourself. If you’re into mountain biking, you have the option of biking some of these trails. And if you love to swim, fish, or just be near the water, five of these hikes take you to rivers, lakes, or waterfalls.

And the Hikes Are…

Drumroll please…. Here are the 8 hikes for this new Hiking Challenge! You can find more information and links to the full hike descriptions below. Which one will you do first?

  1. Bearwallow Mountain
  2. Wildcat Rock Trail – Extended
  3. Bracken Preserve
  4. DuPont State Recreational Forest: Fawn Lake and Lake Julia
  5. DuPont State Recreational Forest: Holly Road to Hooker Falls
  6. Green River Game Lands: Green River Cove Trail
  7. Whitewater Falls
  8. Youngs Mountain Trail
  9. LOG YOUR HIKES
    • Log each hike as you complete it. You can check your progress in this roster.
    • You can do the hikes at your own pace. You can take weeks, months, or over a year—whatever works for you.
    • You must complete all your hikes before the start of the next Hiking Challenge. We launch a new challenge about every two years.
    • Only hikes that you’ve done after Oct. 1, 2021 count toward Hiking Challenge 6.
    • You can complete the hikes on your own or as a group.
    • Please share about your hikes with the hashtag #whitesquirrelhikingchallenge (optional)
    • Feel free to share about your hikes and connect with other hikers in our Facebook group, the Conserving Carolina Community.

    The Hiking Challenge is free and open to all, but you must be a Conserving Carolina member to become a Hiking Challenge 6 Champion. If you are a member and you complete all 8 hikes, you will earn your White Squirrel Patch and exclusive perks from local businesses that support conservation, including Appalachian Coffee CompanyLazy Otter OutfittersMurphy’s Naturals, and YAM Yoga and Massage. Most importantly, you get to experience eight great places and deepen your personal connection to land conservation.

Saturday, June 11, 2022
National Get Outdoors Day
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Chimney Rock State Park

Image result for Chimney Rock Park

This national holiday celebrates our favorite thing to do… get outdoors! Stop by the Park and meet a variety of outdoor specialists and vendors that will give you information and gear demonstrations on activities such as hiking, rock climbing, camping and much more. Mark your calendars for this fun, interactive event!

Saturday, June 18, 2022
SAHC Hike #4: Birding with Simon Thompson at Wiles Creek Preserve, NC
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wiles Creek Preserve, NC

Location: Wiles Creek Preserve

Start Time: 9 am

Est End Time: 12:30 pm

Difficulty: Moderate, 4

Leader: Simon Thompson of Ventures Birding Tours

Come out to our Wiles Creek birding hike and take a step back in time. Our Wiles Creek Preserve is one of the most beautiful, diverse, and ecologically important properties that we protect. The 150-acre preserve adjoins Pisgah National Forest and is nestled within the Audubon Society’s Roan Mountain Important Bird Area. The property contains a variety of habitats and boasts six coldwater streams, including Wiles Creek and two headwater tributaries of Big Rock Creek.

Mature hardwood forests shade the streams and surround three meadows, which provide excellent early successional habitat. The upper reaches of the property even include some scattered red spruce and Fraser fir. The varied topography, habitat, elevation of Wiles Creek, and abundant headwater tributaries make it a biodiversity hotspot.

On a roughly 1.5-mile hike led by Simon Thompsonyou will experience the abundance of beauty and species diversity in our oasis in the Roan. Roan Stewardship Director, Marquette Crockett, will be on hand to answer questions about future management priorities for the preserve.

This property acquisition was made possible through the dedication to conservation shown by SAHC members Brad and Shelli Stanback and the Carolina Bird Club, who also provided funding for future habitat management. We are incredibly grateful for their hard work and generosity.

Registration is Required.

Don’t forget to register separately for the Social!

SAHC Hike #5: Challenge Hike at Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area, TN
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area, TN

Location: Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area

Start Time: 9 am

Est End Time: 3 pm

Difficulty: 11+ Very Strenuous

Leader: Travis Bordley, our Roan Ecologist

Our challenge hike starts at Hampton Creek Cove and journeys 4.1 miles and 1,850 feet of elevation on the Overmountain Victory Trail, through pastured farm roads and wooded footpaths to Yellow Mountain Gap on the Appalachian Trail. After a short stretch on the Appalachian Trail, we will leave trails behind and bushwack to our DeYoung property and eventually back to our cars. Once we leave the Appalachian trail, our hike will be extremely steep downhill with no guiding path. At the DeYoung Property, an open pasture will greet us with incredible mountain views. We will then travel down the pasture to a paved road leading us back to our cars. The total hike is about 6.5 miles with lots of elevation gain.

We will be hiking on The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail from our cars to Yellow Mountain Gap. This trail commemorates the “Overmountain Men” who fought the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780 during the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson deemed the Overmountain Men the “turn of the tide” in the American Revolution.

Registration is Required.

Don’t forget to register separately for the Social!

SAHC Hike #1: Shell Hollow Loop Hike
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area

Location: Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area, TN

Start time: 10 am

Est end time: 12:30 pm

Difficulty: Moderate, 5

Leaders: Tom Gatti & David Smith (both former SAHC seasonal Roan Ecologists)

Join us for a moderate 3-mile hike led by Tom Gatti and David Smith (both former SAHC seasonal Roan Ecologists)  in the Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area. The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy purchased Hampton Creek Cove before transferring it to the State of Tennessee for permanent protection. We continue to help manage the property for species habitat and recreation. The hike will feature the chance to see and hear Golden-winged Warblers, the ruins of the Lenoir Shell homestead, and BIG old-growth trees. Witnessing poplar, northern red oak, black cherry, and sugar maple trees exceeding 3 and 4 feet in diameter will take you to a different time. Along the trail, keep your eyes peeled for black cohosh, spiderwort, showy orchis, woodland stonecrop, and many other wildflowers!

Registration is Required. Fill out the Form Below to Register.

Don’t forget to register separately for the Social!

SAHC Hike #2: Little Cove Creek Preserve Waterfall Stroll, TN
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Little Cove Creek Preserve Waterfall Stroll, TN

Location: Little Cove Creek Nilsen Preserve

Start Time: 10 am

Est End Time: 1 pm

Difficulty: Easy, 1

Leader: Jay Leutze, Sr. Advisor to the Board

Join Jay Leutze on our Little Cove Creek Preserve for a morning of storytelling and appreciation for one of the most unique places in the world. Little Cove Creek is a 47-acre preserve featuring a mature high elevation forest, a heritage apple orchard, a stunning stream, and a newly renovated log cabin that will host our afternoon social the same day. If you would like to, we will also be taking periodic strolls down to the creek, where participants can get their feet wet, find a salamander, and enjoy the cascading waterfalls. Anyone and everyone is invited, whether you have a story to tell or not. Long-time Roan residents will appreciate this event as a time to recount how times have changed, what has been preserved, and acknowledge the memories made in our timeless corner of the world.

Registration is Required.

Don’t forget to register separately for the Social!