March 2024 Trail Days

There’s something for everybody in March!  Please RSVP for any dates that look interesting:

Mar 6 (Wed) – TRASH
Poplar & Ephraim Place

Mar 7 (Thu) – ROCK
Leadmine/LGT

Mar 9 (Sat) – TRASH
Forest Road 496

Mar 13 (Wed) – TRASH
Nolichucky Gorge & Chestoa

Mar 14 (Thu) – DIG/ROCK
Chimney Gap trail reroute

Mar 16 (Sat) – GRAFFITI
Wilson Creek bridges

Mar 20 (Wed) – BRUSH/TRASH
Stamping Ground, Limestone Cove

Mar 21 (Thu) – DIG/ROCK
Chimney Gap trail reroute

Mar 23 (Sat) – CAMPSITES, GRAFFITI, DITCHES/CULVERTS
Annual Table Rock Day

Mar 24 (Sun) – HIKE
Dick Creek

Mar 28 (Thu) – DIG/ROCK
Chimney Gap trail reroute

Mar 30 (Sat) – CROSSCUT
Cabin/LGT

February Photos!

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail parking at Pinnacle got a serious graffiti and trash cleanup in preparation for the new season.  The youngest member of the crew made sure every can and plastic bottle was smashed flat!

 

The quest for trash took volunteers hundreds of feet below the roadside overlook near Pinnacle.  Following a trail of car parts, they finally found the car itself.  Authorities were contacted, and said that the car had been recently stolen.  Tow trucks pulled it out.

 

In February, Wild South’s winter interns wrapped up an amazing multi-month effort to reroute the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in Chimney Gap.  Overcoming extreme physical challenge with hard work and team work, they’ve transformed an ugly eroded mess into a showcase hiking experience.  A huge shout out to Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the North Carolina Outward Bound School for their partnership in this important project.

 

Volunteers joined the winter interns several days in February to help build a gorgeous switchback in Chimney Gap.

This year will bring good things to Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area!  We’ll restore the historical route of the Lost Cove Loop Trail, and deal with erosion at stream crossings along Lost Cove Creek.  Volunteers kicked off the season by removing a few trees from the trail.  They also flagged the fading historical trail to guide the year’s digging efforts.

 

One of the most deeply eroded stream crossings in Linville Gorge is on the south end near Daffodil Flats.  Fortunately there’s a lot of rock nearby.  So volunteers moved and carefully placed TONS of rock to build a sturdy retaining wall and steps.  In March they’ll finish naturalizing the area, and few folks will even notice the HUGE effort required to protect this special wilderness area.

 

Wild South’s Community Conservation Corps is a network of Southern National Forest communities working together to care for the wild places they love!