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NCBT temporarily closed in Highlands, NC area due to wildfire

October 30th, 2016 by Thomas Witherspoon

Notice:

The NCBT is temporarily closed due to a wildfire in the Highlands area as of Sat. 10/29/16:

Click here for more information.

[UPDATE 03 November 2016] NCBTS member, Jim Kautz, notes:

[T]he trail from Wine Springs Bald to Nantahala Lake was closed due to a fire that is not yet fully contained.

Higher winds are predicted for tonight and tomorrow and no rain is in sight. That’s not good news.

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The New NC Bartram Trail Map is now available!

April 6th, 2016 by NC BTS

Bartram-Map-Small

The NC Bartram Trail Society is proud to announce that our new, updated trail map is now available for purchase.

We’ve incorporated your feedback and suggestions into this full-color map which is now printed on waterproof/tearproof paper.

The new map includes:

  • An overview of the 80+ miles of the yellow-blazed Bartram Trail in North Carolina, the blue-blazed side trails and all topographic features
  • Also shows the Appalachian Trail from below Wayah Bald to Cheoah Bald as well as the Appletree loop trails and many other area side trails
  • Elevation profiles of the entire length of the NC BT; USGS topo contours at 50-foot intervals
  • Scale: 1:35,000; mile-by-mile readings for both North-to-South and South-to-North hiking
  • GPS coordinates for BT trail heads
  • Area places of interest: scenic vistas, waterfalls, historic markers, picnic areas and campgrounds
  • Many natural history facts about the biodiversity of native flora and fauna along the BT, about William Bartram and about the NC Bartram Trail Society

You can order a copy of the new map today via our online store!

Thank you!

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July 2th Nantahala Bypass Release

June 30th, 2015 by NC BTS

Duke Energy has shared a reminder of this Thursday’s Nantahala Bypass Flow Release. Hikers in the vicinity should note this in their plans:

Nantahala Hydro Station generation is planned to be on at 9 a.m. and will remain on until the bypass flow passes the powerhouse around 9 p.m.  This is per the agreement with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to provide mixing of waters.  The flow will be the natural baseflow plus 250 cfs, plus approximately 600 cfs from the turbine at the put-ins from around 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.  As always, the general public and members of the rafting/outfitters community on the Nantahala River are strongly encouraged to monitor the USGS Streamflow Gauge at Hewitt for the most current flow information. Please be aware that flows from Duke Energy facilities, and the natural inflow will be greater than when only the generating unit is running.

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nc/nwis/uv/?site_no=03505550&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060

NC Bartram Trail trail maintenance manager, Tim Warren notes that the only place the release will affect Bartram Trail hikers is at the concrete ford where the trail crosses. If traveling north and encounter high water take a right at the wooden steps on Nantahala dam road for about a half mile then turn left on Junaluska road. Walk this road for about a mile to the Appletree entrance on right and the Bartram Trail will continue down the river.

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Join us for an afternoon wildflower hike, May 3, 2015

April 30th, 2015 by NC BTS

Dr. Dan Pittillo, Professor Emeritus, Western Carolina University

Dr. Dan Pittillo, Professor Emeritus, Western Carolina University

The NCBTS is sponsoring a wildflower hike Sunday afternoon 2:00-6:00 p.m. May 3, 2015 to be led by Dr. Dan Pittillo.

At Jones Knob spring flora is in early “mountain green-up” with Trillium, Solomon’s plume, White baneberry, and several others now blooming. In the next couple of weeks, the trail south of Whiterock Gap will be “flaming yellow to orange to red-orange” azaleas and on Little Fishhawk you can be rewarded with Purple rhododendron and Calico bush to name a few of our Bartram May bushes.

Join us for an afternoon hike between the Jones Gap to Whiterock Gap on the NC Bartram Trail!

If you would like to join, please email:

info@ncbartramtrail.org

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Join us for an afternoon wildflower hike, May 4, 2014

March 24th, 2014 by NC BTS

Dr. Dan Pittillo, Professor Emeritus, Western Carolina University

Dr. Dan Pittillo, Professor Emeritus, Western Carolina University

The NCBTS is sponsoring a wildflower hike Sunday afternoon 2:00-6:00 p.m. May 4 to be led by Dr. Dan Pittillo.

There will still be some later Trilliums flowering and the “flaming yellow to orange to red-orange” azaleas should be making their show.

Join us for an afternoon hike between the Jones Gap to Whiterock Gap on the NC Bartram Trail!

If you would like to join, please email:

info@ncbartramtrail.org

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Duke Energy Carolinas to increase Nantahala water flow

January 1st, 2014 by NC BTS

(Source: Duke Energy Carolinas)

On Thursday, January 2, 2014 after 4:00 pm, Duke Energy will open a Tainter gate at Nantahala Dam releasing approximately 400 cfs.  Duke Energy has a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requirement to complete maintenance on all the Tainter gates at Nantahala Dam and needs to lower the lake level to below the bottom of the Tainter gates.  Due to abundant rainfall, the natural inflow into the reservoir is greater than what can be passed by running the generating unit 24 hours per day.  Running the generator 24 hours per day is not lowering the lake level to accommodate the FERC required work.

The generator will continue to run 24 hours a day.  The Tainter gate will remain open till the lake level is below the bottom of the Tainter gate.  Spillage from the Tainter gate will increase the flow in the bypass reach from the Nantahala Dam to the Nantahala Powerhouse. As always, the general public and members of the rafting/outfitters community on the Nantahala River are strongly encouraged to monitor the USGS Streamflow Gauge at Hewitt for the most current flow information.http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nc/nwis/uv/?site_no=03505550&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060

Because of the potential to impact the fishing public, we will make the release such that the water will arrive in the delayed harvest section of the bypass reach area at night.  The following message will be posted today so, the public will have a chance to plan accordingly:

The Nantahala River Basin has had significant rainfall over the last two weeks.  A spillway gate will be partially opened the afternoon of Thursday, January 2nd.  We expect that gate to remain partially open for several days.  WARNING: high flows and the natural environment of the bypassed reach can create dangerous conditions for paddlers and fly fishermen.  Duke Energy will continue to closely monitor conditions.  Updated lake levels are available any time at http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp  and at 800-829-5253.  As always, we encourage those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas to pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions. We will provide additional updates if conditions change.

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Nantahala Hiking Club and NC Bartram Trail Society Team Up to Celebrate National Trails Day

May 10th, 2013 by NC BTS

Wayah Bald Tower

Two local trail organizations will join together to celebrate National Trails Day on June 1. The Nantahala Hiking Club and Bartram Trail Society have announced a hike for that day.

Hikers will begin at Wayah Bald at ten o’clock and follow the trail to Wine Springs Bald. This section of trails is shared by the Appalachian Trail and Bartram Trail and is three miles round trip.

Dr. Dan Pittillo, a botanist and a founder of the Bartram Trail will lead the hike.

A special feature will be a “Kids Hike,” led by Mary Bennett, Appalachian Trail Community Ambassador with the Nantahala Hiking Club. Ms. Bennett will discuss tips for planning hikes with families. Included in the Kids Hike will be such activities as a “Nature in Living Color Search,” writing a group Place Poem, and “A Fistful of Sounds.”

Hikers may continue a few miles farther to either Sawmill Gap (on the Bartram Trail) or Wayah Crest (on the Appalachian Trail).

The Bartram Trail Society has for the last 35 years built and maintained the Bartram Trail across almost 80 miles of mountains between the Georgia line and Cheoah Bald. The Nantahala Hiking Club, the Franklin based Appalachian Trail maintaining club, maintains sixty miles of the Appalachian Trail across Macon County, sponsors hikes every weekend, provides hiking support to local schools, and supports Franklin, NC as a designated Appalachian Trail Community.

National Trails Day, sponsored by the American Hiking Society annually brings together outdoor enthusiasts across the country. The celebration encourages all Americans to connect with local outdoor clubs, businesses, community groups, and parks and recreation departments as well as federal land managing agencies to experience, appreciate, and share the natural places they cherish.

More than 2,000 nationwide events will take place.

“Twenty years ago, American Hiking built National Trails Day around the idea that for one day each year we should come together outdoors and give back to our favorite trails. Since then, people from all walks of life have been coming out in increasing numbers on NTD to celebrate our trails and the great outdoors,” said Gregory Miller, American Hiking Society president.

The event is open to the public. Hikers are urged to bring their lunches and water and to wear good hiking shoes. The trail is moderate to easy in difficulty.

For more information, contact Jim Kautz of the Bartram Trail Society (jrkautz [at] frontier.com, 828-524-6593) or Bill Van Horn of the Nantahala Hiking Club (828-369-1983).

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National Trails Day Celebration: June 1

January 14th, 2013 by NC BTS

Wayah Bald Tower

Hike with members of both the Bartram Trail Society and the Nantahala Hiking Club to celebrate National Trails Day.

The BTS is partnering with the Nantahala Hiking Club to sponsor a hike on National Trails Day, June 1, 2013.

We will meet at Wayah Bald at 10:00 a.m. and hike to Wine Spring Bald for lunch. The route is about two miles long and descends less than a thousand feet before climbing a thousand feet to Wine Spring Bald. Those who want a longer hike may proceed another two miles (downhill) to Sawmill Gap.

This event is the first organized collaboration between the two clubs in recent years. The Nantahala Hiking Club maintains the Appalachian Trail in southwestern North Carolina and conducts numerous hikes each year. The trail from Wayah Bald to Wine Springs Bald is part of the only route shared by both the Appalachian Trail and the Bartram Trail.

Wayah Bald two of three prominent peaks in the Nantahala that scholars think may be the place that William Bartram described asthe most elevated peak; from whence I beheld with rapture and astonishment, a sublimely awful scene of power and magnificence, a world of mountains piled upon mountains.” The third candidate for Bartram’s “most elevated peak” is Burningtown Bald.

The American Hiking Society has sponsored National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June each year since 1993. For more information, see http://www.americanhiking.org/ntd/info/.

Directions:  From Franklin NC
From intersection of U.S. Hwy-64 W and U.S. Hwy-23/441 North in Franklin take Hwy-64 W towards Murphy, NC for 3.8 miles to “Old Murphy Rd.(SR 1448) on your right (see Wayah Bald Sign).
After you take the exit, continue down the hill for just under 0.2 miles to Wayah Road (SR 1310) on your left (“Loafers Glory” gas station will be at the intersection of Old Murphy Rd. and Wayah Rd, so you’ll know where to turn).
Continue on Wayah Rd. for 9.1 miles where you’ll find yourself at FR (Forest Road) #69 on the right, at Wayah Gap. Take this gravel road for another 4.4 miles to the Wayah Bald Area and Lookout Tower..

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Celebrating Thirty-five Years of the Bartram Trail at the Macon County Library & Cowee Mound

August 18th, 2012 by NC BTS

Dr. Dan Pittillo, Professor Emeritus, Western Carolina University

Dr. Dan Pittillo, Professor Emeritus in botany at Western Carolina University, will help the North Carolina Bartram Trail Society celebrate its 35th anniversary with an illustrated presentation on “The Natural History of the Southern Appalachians” on September 29 at the Macon County Library. Members of the society invite all interested persons to join them in this community celebration.

Dan has been involved in the planning, building, and maintenance of the trail since its beginning in 1977; he is the only remaining member of the original Board and the only one surviving who participated in the creation of the Trail.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. After Dr. Pittillo’s presentation and lunch, participants will travel across the Little Tennessee River to visit the Cowee Mound, site of the Cherokee town that William Bartram visited for several days in 1775.

Attendees may bring their own lunches or may reserve a box lunch for $6.00 by using the reservation form below or by calling Meg Petty at 828-371-0633.

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2011 Bartram Annual Meeting – Walking Forward, Looking Backward – September 28, 2011

September 14th, 2011 by NC BTS

The NC Bartram Trail Society will host its 34th annual meeting on Wednesday, September 28 at the Cashiers Community Library at 6 pm.

We hope you can make plans to attend.

The evening’s lecture will be preceded by a brief business meeting for Board elections, light refreshments and an opportunity to share updates of the year’s events on the NC BT.

At 7 pm, noted author Janisse Ray will present the annual lecture entitled “Walking Forward, Looking Backward.”

Click here to download the full announcement!

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