Please join us on Saturday, July 13th at 9:00 am for an educational hemlock hike with the Hemlock Restoration Initiative and Mills River Partnership at Slate Rock Trail near Horse Shoe, NC. The hike is out and back, about 2 miles total round-trip, and is considered moderate terrain. A few very minor creek crossings will be necessary.

The route will wind eventually to Slate Rock Creek Falls. Along the way, we will traverse through an old stand of eastern hemlocks. You will be able to see the devastation that the hemlock woolly adelgid has brought to this riparian area. But there’s good news, too: the next generation of hemlocks are growing and thriving! We will cover the ecological importance of hemlocks in riparian areas, what is threatening them, what is being done about it, and more.

Mills River Partnership AmeriCorps Project Conserve member, Jordan Edlich, will join to discuss the creek, the Mills River watershed, and what measures are in place to protect them.

We’ll depart from the easternmost Slate Rock Creek trailhead. More information about the meeting location and what to bring will be provided after registering.

For any questions or to register, contact Caroline Lord at or 828-252-4783. While the hike is free to attend, your RSVP is required. Please sign up by Wednesday, July 10th. Please include contact phone number, email address, and emergency contact when you sign up.