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Two Officers - Two Hikes

posted Feb 24, 2016, 4:05 PM by Administrator Friends of Sauratown Mtns
We welcome two new officers to  the FSM Board.  Dave Cook, former Hanging Rock and North District Superintendent, joined the board as your new Vice President following his retirement from State Parks.  Dave replaces Harry Wilson who resigned in December.  Former Secretary Judy Davis is back on an interim basis replacing Kelley Gerstenmier who recently resigned.  We thank both Harry and Kelley for their service.  While the demands of Secretary was difficult for Kelley after moving East of Raleigh, she will serve as Chair of our Education Committee planning field trips to our parks for at risk school children.

You have your choice of two member hikes this weekend, one at Pilot Mountain and one near Hanging Rock.  One short and easy.  One a little longer and more difficult.  You choose which one to do, or do both!

   On Saturday, February 27th at 1:00 pm visit the most intact canal remnants in the state of North Carolina at the Pilot Mountain Bean Shoals Canal Access.  Why do we not have a working canal above the Bean Shoals today?  Come along for this easy 1 mile hike led by Ranger Jesse Anderson and learn why.  This is located in the River Section North off Hauser Road.  Follow the unpaved road to the very end fording Horne Creek three times in the process.

    Sunday, February 28th takes us to one of our business members, Singletree Gun & Plough near Hanging Rock.  Join us at 1:30 pm at the lodge where we will begin our hike led by our hostess and Singletree proprietor Johannah Stern.  She will lead us down to the Dan River passing several interesting features, including a view of Pilot Mountain.  Once at the river we will do one or two loops along the river for either a four mile or a six mile hike.  The group will choose which they wish to do.  Johannah promises that it is all easy hiking except for the mile and a half climb back uphill but we will take our time and the trail is a wide leaf covered logging road.

    Singletree is at the end of a long unpaved drive off Ed Booth Road.  If coming from Danbury, turn onto Moores Springs Road just before entering the park gate and go just about two miles before taking a right onto Ed Booth Road.  At the top of the hill take a right onto Singletree Road.  If coming from NC66, go just past Moores Springs and take a left on Ed Booth Road.  Johannah advises that the drive is showing the strains of winter weather but hopes to have gravel spread this week.  Restrooms are available to us in the lodge but we are requested to leave our shoes or boots on the porch before going into the lodge.

    Please let us know if you will be joining us for either hike or if you have questions.  We hope to see many of you this weekend.