2014 Outings

Outing: Huntington Beach State Park Car Camping and Kayaking Weekend, Nov 14-16

Spaces are limited for this great Sierra Club outing! RSVP on our Meetup site today.

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Huntington Beach State Park Car Camping and Kayaking Weekend

Nov 14 – 16 (Friday to Sunday)
Huntington Beach State Park
16148 Ocean Hwy
Murrells Inlet, SC

Huntington Beach State Park, located about twenty miles north of Georgetown, SC is a great beach state park to visit anytime of the year. The park is located right on the coast of SC, and has many amenities to offer the visitor. Camping in cooler weather, walking on the beach, and hiking the park trails without the heat and insects of warmer weather, can be a pleasant experience. This is a great park for bird watching, hiking, and biking.

Group campsite #P2 has been reserved for our tent camping weekend. This site has plenty of room for tent campers, with picnic tables, a fire ring with benches, and a modern park restroom nearby. There is a large parking lot next to the camping area. A short boardwalk leads from the parking lot to the beach. There also is a 13-mile paved bike trail which runs through the park, and into nearby neighborhoods. We will tent camp in our campsite, just pick a place and pitch your personal tent. You will also need to bring your personal camping gear to the campsite, a short walk from the parking lot.  Each participant will also be responsible for bringing their own food and snacks.  This will be a combined outing with the South Carolina Sierra Club that promises to be a lot of fun!

Weather permitting; there will be an optional kayak trip.  Tentative location is Conway Riverwalk.  Anyone wishing to go on the kayak trip needs to let me know in advance so we can get that lined up.  There will be a limited number of boats available for rent, so people who have their own canoe or kayak are encouraged to bring them.

Also, there will be an optional Low Country Boil at the campsite Saturday night.  There is a fee for this, $6,  and I need to know who is interested in advance so we can get a count.

Group size is limited to 25.  Each participant on a Sierra Club Outing has to sign a standard liability waiver.  You can view the waiver here:

https://nc2.sierraclub.org/sites/nc.sierraclub.org/files/SignInWaiver%20with%20photo%20release.pdf

COST: $5 per person/per night.  Kayak rental is an additional fee.

Please – NO PETS.

For additional information, contact our Outings Chair Linda Alley.

Spaces are limited for this great Sierra Club outing! RSVP on our Meetup site today.

 

Sierra Club Hike – Saturday Nov 8 – Table Rock State Park (South Carolina) 
This is a highly strenuous, out-and-back hike within the scenic and popular Table Rock State Park in the northwest corner of South Carolina. Table Rock National Recreation Trail ascends 2,000 feet to the summit of the imposing granite dome, Table Rock Mountain (3,157 feet). The red-blazed hike begins at the Carrick Creek Interpretive Center and ascends steeply through an open forest strewn with boulders. Along the way, you will see vegetation typical of the Southern Appalachians: dominant oak and hickory trees with scattered pines and hemlock. As you might guess, the strenuous hike offers the reward of spectacular views from the summit.
We’ll meet at the park at 10:30 AM. The drive from Charlotte is about 2-1/4 hours. Car pooling is encouraged, but not arranged by the Sierra Club. A list of hikers will be forwarded to those signed up to allow hikers to make their own car pooling plans. Limited to 20 hikers. To sign up, contact Steve Copulsky at scopulsky@mindspring.com.

Each participant on a Sierra Club Outing has to sign a standard liability waiver.  You can view the waiver here:

https://nc2.sierraclub.org/sites/nc.sierraclub.org/files/SignInWaiver%20with%20photo%20release.pdf

 

Catawba Wildflower Glen Service Outing – Nov 1st

A great opportunity to learn, experience and give back! For more information or to RSVP, contact Central Piedmont Outings Chair Linda Alley.

Join us at this Catawba Lands Conservancy preserve to help Mary Stauble, Land Stewardship Volunteer, remove invasive plants and contribute to protecting this important natural landscape.  The Wildflower Glen is one of the conservancy’s crown jewels due to its rich ecological diversity and proximity to Charlotte.

We’ll meet at the property at 9 a.m. for an orientation where we’ll learn about the history and importance of the preserve.  Then we’ll spend some time pulling out invasive plants.  Afterwards, Mary will lead us on a walk through the glen.  Mary frequently visits the Glen and she is very knowledgeable about the local flora.

Please bring work gloves, clippers (optional), water, and a hat.  The Glen is located in Northwest Charlotte.

Saturday, November 1
9:00 AM

Catawba Lands Conservancy Wildflower Glen
12001 Riverhaven Drive
Charlotte, NC

You can learn more about why and how to control non-native invasive plants here:

http://nceppc.weebly.com/

http://ncbg.unc.edu/uploads/files/ControllingBooklet.pdf

All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver.  https://nc2.sierraclub.org/sites/nc.sierraclub.org/files/SignInWaiver%20with%20photo%20release.pdf

 

Sat, Oct 18, 2014 – Rocky Face Mountain

Easy to moderate 4-5 mile hike at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area, located at the southeastern  edge of the Brushy Mountains in Alexander County,  about 65 miles NW of Charlotte.  We’ll climb the centerpiece of the park, a dome shaped mass of granite with a maximum elevation of 1800 feet above sea level that offers spectacular views.  RFMRA is the site of a former quarry operation and is listed on the NC Registry of Natural Heritage Areas.  It is also an official Hawk Watch Site for the Hawk Migration Association of North America.  We will be joined by a park naturalist who can explain the interesting geology and history of the site as well as help us identify the flora and fauna of the area.   This hike will last 3-4 hours.  Please bring water and lunch or snacks.  We’ll be taking a break on the peak to relax and enjoy the view.

Central Piedmont Group Outing.  Group size is limited to 12 and is currently full.  Contact Linda Alley at lindasuealley@hotmail.com to get placed on waiting list.  Each participant on a Sierra Club Outing has to sign a standard liability waiver.  You can view the waiver here:

https://nc2.sierraclub.org/sites/nc.sierraclub.org/files/SignInWaiver%20with%20photo%20release.pdf

 

Saturday, June 21, 2014 – Moses Cone Memorial Park

We’ll celebrate the first day of summer with a moderate 5 mile hike in the Moses Cone Memorial Park off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock.  Enjoy the cooler mountain weather and great views from the top of the Flat Top Tower.  We’ll be hiking on fairly smooth carriage trails that gradually ascend to the top of Flat Top Mountain.  We’ll meet at Moses Cone at 10 AM.  Contact Steve Copulsky to sign-up at scopulsky@mindspring.com or 704-543-7493.  Limited to 15 hikers.

Liability Waiver: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at NC Sierra Club Sign In Waiver.

 

Catawba Wildflower Glen Service Outing
Saturday May 31, 9:00 a.m.-noon
Located in northwest Charlotte, NC
Join us at this Catawba Lands Conservancy preserve to help Mary Stauble, Land Stewardship Volunteer, remove invasive plants and contribute to protecting this important natural landscape. The Wildflower Glen is one of the conservancy’s crown jewels due to its rich ecological diversity and proximity to Charlotte.
We’ll meet at the property at 9 a.m. for an orientation where we’ll learn about the history and importance of the preserve. Then we’ll spend time pulling out invasive plants! Afterwards, Mary will lead us on a hike of the glen. Mary frequently visits the Glen and she is very knowledgeable about the local flora.
Please bring work gloves, clippers (optional), water, and a hat. Limit 10 participants.
You can learn more about why and how to control non-native invasive plants here:

http://nceppc.weebly.com/

http://ncbg.unc.edu/uploads/files/ControllingBooklet.pdf

All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver.
Please contact Linda Alley for more information and to register.
lindasuealley@hotmail.com

 

Crowders Mt. Hike – Sat May 3

The weather will be nice on Saturday, so I’ve made a late decision to start May off by leading a Sierra Club hike at nearby Crowders Mt. State Park. We’ll hike the Kings Pinnacle Trail, about 4 miles roundtrip, with a few steep sections. Hike starts at 9AM and we should be done by noon. If you’ve never been there, you’re missing a great local hike! The park is near Gastonia about 50 minutes from Charlotte. To sign up, contact Steve Copulsky (704-543-7493 or scopulsky@mindspring.com).
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For state wide Sierra Club Outings, check out out NC Chapter Outings Calendar.

2014 Outings

April 5, Saturday – Latta Plantation

May 17/18 – Wilson Creek Clean Up

March 9, Sunday – Stone Mt. State Park Hike

Feb 8, Saturday – McDowell Park Nature Hike

Feb 2 – Super Bowl Sunday Hike – Browns Mt.

Jan 18  – Sierra Club Outing: Fun at Crowders Mountain

New Year’s Day Hike – Anne Springs Close Greenway

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