February 09, 2007
Registration for The Great Southeastern Hiking Festival is open!
The weekend of May 3-6, 2007 The Great Southeastern Hiking Festival is coming to Western North Carolina! Starting on Thursday May 3, a four day conference will open at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, North Carolina. The conference will feature more than 20 hikes, great entertainment, inspirational speakers, educational sessions for hikers and trail organizations, and great food!
This event is being co-hosted by the Carolina Mountain Club, NC Bartram Trail Society, Nantahala Hiking Club, Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail and the Montreat Trail Club. Representatives from these clubs will be on hand throughout the conference to lead hikes, give presentations, and welcome you to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. A number of American Hiking Society Staff members will also be on hand throughout the weekend to lead trail work, hikes and seminars.
There are several ways to get involved with this fun Festival. If you'd like to spend the entire week in the mountains, you can join the American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacation planned for the Montreat Conference Center from April 29 - May 5. Participants in the Trail Crew are welcome to attend the evening entertainment planned at Montreat. With the Grit Pixies, Buncombe Turnpike & Christine Kane booked to perform; you won't want to miss out on the fun!
Registration for the full conference is only $150, and includes 9 meals (dinner Thursday through lunch Sunday) and participation in all hikes, educational seminars and entertainment. Lodging at the beautiful Montreat Conference Center is available, but not included in the registration fee. If you would like to join us Friday afternoon, a registration plan that includes 6 meals (dinner Friday through lunch Sunday) is also available for $115. One day plans for Firday May 4 and Saturday May 5 are also available for $65. To register for the conference, please visit The Great Southeastern Hiking Festival website, where you’ll find additional information and a link to our registration pages. But don't delay. These earlybird registration fees will be going up next month, and the activities at Montreat are expected to sell out!
In addition to the festivities planned at the Montreat Conference Center, a one-day free public festival is planned for Saturday May 5 from 9 AM - 7 PM in the Town of Black Mountain. The festival will have food, crafts, music and fun for the whole family! You won't want to miss it! To learn more about this free festival, please contact the Black Mountain - Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce.
The Great Southeastern Hiking Festival | By Jeffrey Hunter | 09:14 AM