Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 2 Hike – Browns Mt.

Get some exercise before the big game!  Our annual Super Bowl Sunday outing will be a moderate 5 mile roundtrip hike to Browns Mountain on a somewhat hilly trail.  Browns Mountain is located in Kings Mountain National Military Park, South Carolina, about an hour from Charlotte.  It’s best visited during the winter when views from the mountain top are not obstructed by the tree canopy.  We’ll meet at the park at 10:30 AM and should be done by 1:30 PM.  Afterwards, you might want to take a walk on your own along the self-guided Battlefield Trail and also spend time in the Visitor Center to learn about this important Revolutionary War battle.  Limited to 15 hikers.  To sign up, contact Steve Copulsky at scopulsky@mindspring.com or 704-458-6651.

* Sierra Club Hike to South Mountains State Park, 3/10

Sierra Club Hike to South Mountains State Park
Sunday, March 10th

We’ll hike 2 trails in the South Mountains State Park.  The Chestnut Knob Trail is a fairly strenuous 4 mile roundtrip hike with great views fromtwo overlooks.  We’ll follow that with a fairly flat 2 mile roundtrip hike to an impressive waterfall on the High Shoals Falls Trail.  Meet at 8:30 AM in Charlotte for carpooling.  We should be back before dinner.  Limit 15.  Contact Steve Copulsky at scopulsky@mindspring.com or 704-543-7493.

Here’s the website for South Mountains State Park:

http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/somo/main.php

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* Super Bowl Sunday Hike, Feb. 6th – Anne Springs Close Greenway

Super Bowl Sunday Hike, Feb. 6th – Anne Springs Close Greenway

Get some exercise before the big game.  We’ll be done in time to let you watch the entire 5 hour pre-game show, not to mention the game itself.  And you’ll feel better eating a bag of Doritos, knowing that you had a morning workout!

Originally scheduled for December, but canceled due to snow, this hike is a nice 6 mile loop through the woods of this 2,300 acre nature preserve in nearby Fort Mill. We’ll cross 3 swinging bridges and pass by two 19th century log cabins, including one built by Billy Graham’s grandfather. The land is fairly level, but it’s a trail through the woods, not a flat paved greenway such as those in Mecklenburg County.

We’ll meet at 9:30 AM and be done by about 12:30 PM.

Limit 15.

Contact Steve Copulsky at scopulsky@mindspring.com or 704-543-7493.

August Hike

Sunday, August 8 – Moses Cone Memorial Park – Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock.  (Previously scheduled for June, but postponed until August.)

This is a moderate 5.6 mile roundtrip hike to the top of Flat Top Mountain where a fire tower offers great views of surrounding peaks, including Grandfather Mountain. We’ll meet in Charlotte at 7:45 AM and should be back by about 3:00 PM. Limit 15. Contact Steve Copulsky at scopulsky@mindspring.com or 704-543-7493. (That’s me on the fire tower in the attached photo.)

Upcoming Events

January Club Meeting

Plan to join us on Wednesday, January 27, at 7:00 PM at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209 for the first Sierra Club meeting of this new decade. Our program will include a look at some of our 2009 Sierra Club accomplishments, our 2010 issues and opportunities as well as an update on our new Conservation Committee.

Our main program will feature City Council person Edwin Peacock lll, Chair of the City Environment Committee, presenting “Our City, Our Environment – An Area of Focus for 2010”. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

 As a special treat to celebrate our accomplishments, we’ll also have pizza and drinks at the meeting. Please RSVP to Erica Geppi at erica.geppi@sierraclub.org to help us estimate quantities.

Make plans to join us and bring a friend or two for this great program. See you there!

December hike

We had to reschedule the hike from last month due to rain, but we didn’t forget about it! Here are the details.

Sierra Club Hike

Sunday, December 13th – Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill.

Start: 9:00 AM. End: About 12 Noon.

This moderate hike is a nice 6 mile loop through the woods of this 2,300 acre nature preserve in nearby Fort Mill. We’ll cross 3 swinging bridges and see two 19th century log cabins, including one that belonged to Billy Graham’s grandfather. The land is fairly level, but it’s a trail through the woods, not a flat paved greenway such as those in Mecklenburg County. Hiking boots are recommended. If you’d like to sign up, contact Steve Copulsky at 704-543-7493 or scopulsky@mindspring.com.