Explore the ancient forests and cascading creeks of Big Ivy that you have helped protect! Friends of Big Ivy is partnering with MountainTrue to host spring ecology hikes on five different trails in Big Ivy, led by five top ecologists.
Participants can choose the hike they find most captivating, as all five hikes will take place simultaneously—and all are free.
Big Ivy has more than 3,000 acres of old growth forests and more than 30 rare and endangered species. Its abundant creeks are home to native brook trout, and its celebrated waterfalls are some of the most scenic and dramatic cascades in the South.
Douglas Falls – lower: Join Scott Dean in a carpool through the Coleman Boundary and on a short hike out to the beautiful Douglas Falls.
Douglas Falls – upper: Join Lloyd Raleigh on a hike to explore the upper elevations of Douglas Falls, up to Stony Fork Road and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Ivy Knob: Join Edward Schwartzman on a hike up to Ivy Knob via the Forest Service Road and a backcountry trail to Big Ivy.
Perkins Road Trail: Join H. David Clark on a hike along Perkins Road Trail, which offers rich cove habitats, old growth forests and many rare plants.
Staire Branch: Join MountainTrue’s Josh Kelly along the Staire Branch trail, located within a beautiful rich cove.
Hiking groups will meet at 10 a.m. at the Big Ivy Community Center, located at 540 Dillingham Road in Barnardsville. A carpool will be available from Asheville, starting at 9:15 a.m. at Earth Fare in the Westgate Shopping Center.
The registration deadline is noon, Friday, April 24.
Hikers must register in advance, as these hikes are expected to fill up quickly.
Go here for more details on each trail and to register: http://mountaintrue.org/bigivyhikes/