HRI is leading a hike in partnership with the North Carolina Arboretum around the Arboretum grounds on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 12 pm. This 2-mile hike will take roughly three hours and traverse mostly flat paths. HRI staff will showcase hemlocks that we have treated around Bent Creek Road and the Carolina Mountain Trail. Along with discussing the importance of our native hemlocks and the threat they face from hemlock woolly adelgid, we will also talk about the treatment of the hemlocks in this forested part of the Arboretum, including methods and precautions used near streams.

This hike is a great opportunity to learn about hemlock conservation in the region and see the natural and recreational value that hemlocks provide. Much of the other trees in the Arboretum will have dropped their leaves by the date of this hike, meaning the hemlocks will stand out with their evergreen needles showing well against the gray backdrop of a late autumn forest.

Please be sure to bring lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.

Please RSVP by November 17th by following this link to the Arboretum website. Registration is free for Arboretum members and $16 for non-members, which includes an all-day pass to explore the Arboretum grounds. 

Please Note: If you want to participate and the cost of this program presents a hardship for you or your family, please contact to learn about scholarship options. We want to create openings for anyone hoping to access this learning opportunity to preserve our region’s hemlocks. 

For more information on visiting the NC Arboretum and all it has to offer, see their website. The Arboretum also offers many exciting Adult and Continuing Education Programs throughout the year, including the Blue Ridge Naturalist and the Blue Ridge Eco Gardener Certificate of Merit programs.