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Hike To Courthouse Falls With RiverLink And Carolina Mountain Club April 14

 

April 9, 2018



Plunging 50 feet, Courthouse Falls is the most dramatic feature of the headwaters of the French Broad River. Hike to the falls with Garrett Artz, executive director of RiverLink, and Marcia Bromberg with the Carolina Mountain Club on April 14. Hikers will meet in front of Toys-R-Us across from the Asheville Outlet Mall lot at 10 a.m., will rendezvous with a second group of hikers at Bi-Lo in Pisgah Forest at 10:30 a.m., and car pool to the Summey Cove trail head above Balsam Grove on N.C. 215.

Early spring wildflowers should be starting to bloom along the moderate 5.4-mile walk. Artz and Bromberg will discuss how the French Broad forms and the history of the Courthouse where Judaculla, the mythical Cherokee giant, sat in judgement. In addition to wearing Hiking shoes, participants should bring lunch, water, a Hiking staff, and a camera. Options will be available to avoid the steep climb in the first mile of the hike.

RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed as a place to live, work, and play. In 2017, RiverLink devoted $620,000 and engaged more than 1700 volunteers to improve water quality and recreation on the river.

The Carolina Mountain Club is a 95-year-old organization that supports Hiking in the Western North Carolina mountains by leading hikes and maintaining trails.

The club offers 3 – 4 hikes each week, open to both members and non-members, and maintains over 400 miles of trails including 92 miles of the Appalachian Trail and 140 miles of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. For more information, contact Garrett Artz, executive director, at (828) 252 – 8474, or visit http://www.riverlink.org and http://www.carolinamountain

club.org.

 
 

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