Natural Living & Education Center in Asheville NC

Blue Ridge Mountains

WNC Mountain Hiking with Bev MacDowell

Date(s) - 05/17/2014 - 10/25/2014
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

OM Sanctuary

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Location: Meet at OM Sanctuary

Time: 8:30am

Tuition: $50 (per person) includes hiking guide, transportation and picnic lunch.

Join these invigorating monthly Saturday hikes and see the Blue Mountains up close! Pre-registration is required. We will meet at OM Sanctuary at 8:30am and leave at 9am and return around 2pm. Hikes are weather permitting. Please call OM Sanctuary if the weather is questionable. A minimum of 2 people is required for the hike and the space is limited to 7 hikers.

Call: 828.252.7313

Mountain Hiking Schedule:

johnrock4May 17 – John Rock/Brevard

Join this amazing hike and take in a fall vista that will leave your spirit soaring. This trail will get your blood pumping from the start, with a climb up some log steps, but it soon levels out to a gently rolling grade. It lies just outside of a forest demonstration area delineated by a green chain-link fence on your right. Look inside the fence to see the last remaining healthy hemlock trees in the area.

lovers-leap-view-river-townJune 21 – Lover’s Leap & Hot Springs – 1.6 miles, moderate. The Lover’s Leap Trail and the Appalachian Trail along the French Broad River create a scenic, 1.6 mile loop. From the Silver Mine Trailhead walk down the road and get on the Appalachian Trail (white blazes) along the French Broad River. After about 0.5 mile the trail climbs steeply to Lover’s Leap ridge.  Read more


BlackBalsamKnobJuly 26 – Black Balsam Knob

Black Balsam Knob’s ridge-line hike offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. On a clear day, you can see up to 70 miles. You gain 284 feet on this moderate hike reaching 6,124 feet as the top elevation for the hike.


SkinnyDipFallsAugust 16 – Skinny Dip Falls

Skinny Dip falls is a great swimming destination just off the Blue Ridge Parkway with a cascading waterfall and lush forest scenery.






MountCraig September 27 – Mt. Craig




catawba_falls1October 25 – Catawba Falls

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Catawba Falls is one of Western North Carolina’s exceptional Blue Ridge waterfalls – one which is along the steep escarpment where the higher mountain lands drop off to the Piedmont areas below. Catawba Falls itself is divided into two or three main sections (depending on who you ask), along a stretch of the Catawba River which drops around 600 feet in about a half mile. Read more



Bev MacDowell, a hike leader for other clubs, also leads hiking day camps for young children during the summer. Bev is an outdoor enthusiast, camper and amateur wild flower identifier. When not in the woods she can be found with her 2 teenage kids and husband, or during the school year in the Kindergarten at Carolina Day School. She is looking forward to experiencing our beautiful mountains with OM guests.


“Bev, seeing these photos reminds me of the beautiful day we spent touring and hiking with you last weekend.  I want to thank OM Sanctuary for putting us together.  Not only was the hike wonderful, so was the lunch.  But, especially, your prepared, learned and personable companionship along the way.  We both enjoyed the day very much. Keep leading these hikes and spreading the joy.”

Bill and Carolyn Nash

“I had a fabulous hike with Carolyn and Bill from Kingsport, TN. It was their 22nd anniversary. We all felt strong and had no pressing afternoon plans, so we hiked further than originally intended. The views from Black Balsam, Tennent Mtn. and Ivestor Gap were superb. We ate blackberries and blueberries along the way, then enjoyed our lunches prepared by OM … delicious.  We saw unusual sights … A man with a huge remote control glider on his back and a woman playing her violin with all her being on the side of the mountain.  We spoke to other joyful hikers. Happy Anniversary Carolyn & Bill!  Come back soon!” – Bev MacDowell, Hike Leader