• 2014 Trail Service Outings • Mountain Bridge
Wilderness Area

• September 20
• October 18
• November 15

We will be starting our twelfth year of service to Caesars Head and Jones Gap State Parks. Please plan to join us on the Saturdays listed below during 2014. These Trail Service Projects improve and preserve the existing trails at these mountain parks. If you enjoy these trails, please
plan to join us on one or more of the 2014 outings.

For more details contact Jim Majors at (864) 233-7576 or jim_majors@bellsouth.net.


• Adopt-a-Highway:

The cleanup dates for this year are:
Aug 23, 2014
Nov 15, 2014

The Bartram Group has a two mile stretch on East North (also known as) Old Spartanburg Road between Mitchell Road and Brushy Creek. We will meet at 9:00 A.M. at Mitchell Road Elementary School which is on the
corner of Mitchell Road and Old Spartanburg Road.

If it is pouring rain, we'll not meet. You will be provided the bags, twisty ties, work gloves, orange safety vests and water. We cover two miles, both sides of the street, and are very fortunate to have sidewalks on the entire route.

Contact Steve Root at (864) 346-3081 or stephenjohnroot@gmail.com, or Dennis Chamberlain at (864) 430-3754.


HIKES

July 12, 2014 - with Cary Hall along the Palmetto Trail…I wanted to bring your attention to a great summer time hike on the Oconee Passage of the Palmetto Trail…We will be having Cary Hall as a special guest. Cary is a long time friend of the environment of South Carolina and has been a major force in the creation of the Palmetto Trail and the entire Mountain Bridge Wilderness. The Palmetto Trail links our S.C mountains to our SC coast…This hike is in my series of hikes that focus on "trails, parks, and protected wild areas don't just happen". Cary will be able to share with us in a casual way the history of the Palmetto Trail and the Palmetto Conservation Foundation and its future. We will also enjoy one of the many special sections of the trail known as Oconee Passage which is the terminal section of the mountains to the sea trail….it is going to be a moderate day hike with an option to get wet in the 60 foot falls or stream at Station Cove…There will be some shuttle time. Go to http://www.palmettoconservation.org/oconeepassage.asp for a trail description and map and to learn more about the Palmetto Trail. We will begin at Oconee State Park and have shuttle cars. The hike itself will be about 2 hours on the trail plus lunch and playing around in the water.

As usual we will meet at the McDonald's Parking lot off of 276 this side of Furman.. We will pull out sharp at 9:00 am…I encourage getting to McDonalds's around 8:30 am for reviewing and signing the waiver. As always, Sierra does not arrange carpooling, so get there early enough to work out your transportation.

If you wish to meet us at the trailhead we will link up with Cary at the Oconee Station Parking lot and shuttle to Oconee County State Park…There may be a State Park admission fee…so bring a pass if you have one. You would need to let me know if you will be meeting us at the trailhead.

The hike will give us the opportunity to learn the history of Oconee Station, learn more about the P.T. and enjoy the trail with folks sharing common values for wild places…Proper footwear, rain gear, lunch, bathing suit and towel recommended.

The number of folks will be limited so let me know asap if you are interested. You can call me at (864) 430-3754 if you have any questions.

September 13, 2014- our guest will be Frank Holleman of the Southern Environmental Law Center…it will be a picnic on the Saluda River to learn about coal ash and other threats to the Saluda River…Call me for details..

Future hike - We will follow the trail along Big Creek in the Smokey Mountain National Park…a 7-8 mile moderate day hike…You might decide to camp at the campground..Call me for details..Numbers will be limited.

Dennis 864-430-3754