Wildflowers and Waterfalls

A Sunday Afternoon Hike with Naturalist Adam Bigelow

Sunday, April 30th* / 1pm – 5pm / $49
Cullowhee Falls (High Falls on maps) 

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Join Adam Bigelow for a half-day hike to one of the most glorious waterfalls in Western North Carolina, Cullowhee Falls (a.k.a. High Falls). Along the riparian habitat passing Thurston Hatcher Falls, a beautiful cascade, leading to the base of a two-tiered waterfall approximately 200 feet tall, with a box-canyon feel. The waterfall area features a spray-cliff grotto, pot-holed bedrock and a refreshing swimming-hole. This hike will be focused on the many wildflowers found along the trail including trilliums, flowering raspberry, Michaux's saxifrage, and many ferns, lichens and mosses. This walk is moderately strenuous, with one brief incline, and some rock scrambling near the waterfall.

Adam Bigelow is the Garden Manager for The Cullowhee Community Garden, an organic community garden located in Cullowhee, NC. He holds an A.A.S. in Horticulture from Haywood Community College and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Carolina University. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Cullowhee Native Plants Conference, a board member of the North Carolina Community Garden Partners, a member of the Gardens That Give of WNC organization. Adam has guided wildflower walks for the Cullowhee Native Plants Conference, the Highlands Biological Station, the North American Rock Garden Society, and many other groups and individuals. Adam has a passion for community gardening and organic gardening, sustainability and environmental education, and especially for the native wildflowers and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

*Rain date: May 7th

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