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Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Discover wild edibles on the greenway

A program elucidating the edibles along the Little Tennessee Greenway in Franklin will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 9, at the Friends of the Greenway headquarters. 

Mitzy Mazzilli will reflect on the bounty of nature found in small corners of the wild like the greenway and share some recipes for simple foods whose ingredients can be found along the path — or maybe in your own backyard. 

Located at 573 Main Street in Franklin. 828.369.8488 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


Celebrate wilderness at Ellicott Rock

A hike in the Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area near Highlands on Sunday, July 5, will continue a series of hikes commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. 

A joint effort of the Carolina Mountain Club and The Wilderness Society, this strenuous 7.5-mile hike will traverse from the Whitewater Falls parking area to Ellicott Rock, a unique and historic place where three states come together, their junction marked with 200-year-old inscriptions. 

The hike includes a ford of the Chattooga River, so hikers should be prepared to get wet. Limited to 10 hikers. RSVP to Norm Sharp, 864.609.7182, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


Meet Hal, the elk rover

An elk volunteer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will share stories about the elk herd — and tourists that come to see them — at 7 p.m. July 7 at the Jackson County Library in Sylva.

“Elk Stories” with Hal Farwell will cover elk biology and behavior, the growing elk population and long-range stewardship of the Smokies elk, followed by a question and answer session.

Farwell is a founding member of the Luftee Rovers, a volunteer crew manning the roadside fields of the Smokies around Oconaluftee, where a herd of elk lives.

828.586.2016 or


Investigate nature’s nighttime secrets

A nighttime program about the adaptations of nocturnal animals is planned for 9 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 10, at Highlands Botanical Garden. 

Bring a flashlight to take part in the slate of games, activities and observations at Nature by Night. Open to ages 6 and up.

$3 and free for “salamembers.” Space is limited. RSVP to 828.526.2623.


Watershed association’s summer celebration rescheduled 

 A picnic and snorkeling day along the Tuckasegee has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 11, at Darnell Farms outside Bryson City. 

The day will begin with equipment-provided snorkeling at 3 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner — an annual event for the Watershed Association of the Tuckaseigee River  — at 6 p.m. The evening will include a presentation on the mystery of muddied waters in the Tuck this summer. 

Bring a dish to share, some money to chip in for a keg and an instrument for music-making. Darnell Farms is at 2300 Governor’s Island Road. 828.507.9144 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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