By: Wil Petty Staff Writer email@example.com
August 15, 2013
This weekend, outdoorsmen can enjoy the peace and serenity of one of North Carolina’s most remote locations.
A hike, hosted by the Boone-based Blue Ridge Conservancy department will start Saturday at 9 a.m. and will guide visitors across Pond Mountain.
Just north of Creston, Pond Mountain offers scenic views of Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina.
The hike, hosted by the Boone-based Blue Ridge Conservancy department, will start at 9 a.m. Saturday.
“We offer hikes on several of the properties we protect,” Rob McCorkindale, director of development and communications for BRC said. “Pond Mountain is just one of those hikes that we offer.”
Hikers will meet on a nearby farm before starting the trek, which lasts approximately four hours.
McCorkindale said the tour guides on the hike will talk about the mountain’s history, and what the organization has done to help preserve the mountain.
“We talk about the history of the project itself and how we were able to acquire enough land,” he said.
McCorkindale said it took the organization close to five years to purchase the land. It was then transferred to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
The near 1,800 acres of land was purchased by the BRC in December of 2011 and provides permanent protection of the mountain’s scenery.
According to a BRC press release, Pond Mountain was named by Thomas Jefferson’s father who surveyed the border between North Carolina and Virginia. The mountain was named for the numerous ponds and water sources throughout the area.
Following the hike, pizza will be provided at nearby Ripshin Farms. The free Pond Mountain hike is held done every summer and is open to the public.
While the tour is free, interested parties will need to contact the BRC in order to reserve a spot for the hike.
The next hike the organization will sponsor is at Bullhead Mountain in Alleghany County on Sept. 28.
McCorkindale said to not sign up online, as the sign-up list is full.
Those who still want to participate can contact the Blue Ridge Conservancy office at (828) 264-2511 or email McCorkindale at firstname.lastname@example.org.