Join us for a moderate to strenuous 4-mile loop hike in the Fortune Fields property previously owned by Arthur Joe and Mary Hemphill. The property is currently held in a life estate by Rick and Melinda Halford and has been preserved from development in a conservation easement. This is a unique opportunity to hike in this historical privately-owned property. Our trip will take us from Arthur Joe and Mary’s picnic pavilion up to Chestnut Ridge, across Buckner’s Knob, and follow the old wagon road, which was one of the first routes into the valley, back to the pavilion. Along the way we will pass a bear tree, one of the largest known stands of Carolina Hemlocks, and the headwaters of the Catawba River at Hungry Gap. Hikers are invited to bring a snack and any beverages of their choice for a post-hike celebration around the fire at the picnic pavilion.

Cost: $50 for members/$65 for non-members. Some fees apply. 

Difficulty:  Moderate/Strenuous, 4 miles round-trip. Learn more here.