National Land Trust Day

June 3 is both National Trails and National Land Trust Day.  To mark the occasion, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will celebrate the opening of a new public trail on our newest property.

For the last year an exciting project has been going on at the Brushy Face Preserve, just down the road from Highlands.  A dedicated group of volunteers has been building a new public trail by hand and connecting Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s newest public property to our oldest.  On Saturday, June 3, HCLT invites you to the grand opening of the Brushy Face trail!

From 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., stop by to join us for free food, fun, and a family-friendly walk through the forest.  The Brushy Face trail begins west of US-28 with a view of Satulah’s western cliffs.  It winds for 1.4 miles roundtrip across Clear Creek and through fern glades, rhododendron thickets, and buckberry patches.  Special festival stations along the trail will focus on crafts and environmental education. Festival food and drinks will be available at the trailhead.

For the more adventurous, join us for a challenging hike from Brushy Face up to the summit of Satulah Mountain Preserve, our first property protected in 1909.  The hike will leave after the opening remarks at 10:00 A.M. and take several hours.  It is not recommended for young children.  No reservations are necessary.

In the event of severe weather, we will reschedule to Sunday, June 4.

This trail was made possible by a spirit of community service.  The Brushy Face community donated the property to HCLT to protect in perpetuity.  The partnership of the Conservation Trust for North Carolina and the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism enabled an AmeriCorps member to spearhead the project during her fifteen month term.  And finally, many volunteers dedicated their time and energy in every kind of weather to bring this trail to life.

To learn more about this free community event and how you can help HCLT protect the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink and healthy habitat for all who live here, visit hicashlt.org or call (828) 526-1111.