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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Throughout the year, the Highlands Plateau Greenway offers a variety of programs related to the Greenway. Members, volunteers, and visitors are invited to the following events in 2016:

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR 2017

Greenway Trail Building
3rd Saturday of each month
Please sign up before each work trip.
Meet at the Highlands Recreation Park
behind the Civic Center building.
Please contact Ran Shaffner at 828-482-1451
or email highlandsgreenway@nctv.com to sign up.
3rd Saturdays
all year
at 9:00 a.m.
ANNUAL MEETING
Highlands Recreation Park
on North 4th Street
Saturday
June 17
12:00 noon
after the work day
Kelsey Trail Hike
from Whiteside Mountain to Highlands
Cost includes picnic lunch
and a free membership in Greenway.

The Kelsey Trail Hike is sold out.

Meet at Highlands Recreation Park
to be shuttled to the trail head.
The hike takes four and a half hours,
and a picnic lunch will be provided
at the end around 12:30 or 1:00.
Saturday
August 26
9:00 a.m.
See Our Greenway Newsletter of December 2016.

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR 2016

Greenway Trail Building
3rd Saturday of each month
and 1st Wednesday May - October.
Please sign up before each work trip.
Meet at the Highlands Recreation Park
behind the Civic Center building.
Please contact Ran Shaffner at 828-482-1451
or email highlandsgreenway@nctv.com to sign up.
3rd Saturdays
all year and
and 1st Wednesdays
from May
through October
at 9:00 a.m.
ANNUAL MEETING
Highlands Recreation Park
on North 4th Street
Saturday
June 18
12:00 noon
after the work day
"Getting to Know the Greenway" Hikes
from Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park
to various ends of the trail.
$25 cost includes picnic lunch
and a free membership in Greenway.

To sign up, email highlandsgreenway@nctv.com
or leave a message at 828-482-1451.
Meet at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park
at 5th and Pine streets
where the hikes will begin.

A picnic lunch will be provided
at the end around noon.
Saturday
July 9
9:30 a.m.
See Our Greenway Newsletter of December 2015.

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR 2015

Greenway Trail Building
3rd Saturday of each month
and 1st Wednesday May - October.
Please sign up before each work trip.
Meet at the Highlands Recreation Park
behind the Civic Center building.
Please contact Ran Shaffner at 828-526-5622
or email highlandsgreenway@nctv.com to sign up.
3rd Saturdays
all year and
and 1st Wednesdays
from May
through October
at 9:00 a.m.
DEDICATION OF THE
KELSEY-HUTCHINSON FOUNDERS PARK
Corner of 5th and Pine Streets Saturday
May 30
10:00 a.m. ff.
Satulah Hike
from Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park
to the top of Satulah Mountain
$25 cost includes picnic lunch
and a free membership in Greenway.

Satulah Hike June 6, 2015
40 Hikers Climbed Satulah Mountain
Meet at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park
at 5th and Pine streets
where the hike will begin.

The 4-mile hike may take four hours,
and a picnic lunch will be provided
at the end around noon.
Saturday
June 6
9:00 a.m.
ANNUAL MEETING
Highlands Recreation Park
on North 4th Street
Saturday
June 20
12:00 noon
after the work day

EVENTS HELD IN 2014

Greenway Trail Building
1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday
of each month.
Please sign up before each work trip.
Meet at the Highlands Recreation Park
behind the Civic Center building.
Please contact Ran Shaffner at 828-526-5622
or email highlandsgreenway@nctv.com to sign up.
1st Wednesdays
and 3rd Saturdays
from January
through December
at 9:00 a.m.
Kelsey Trail Hike
from Whiteside Mountain to Highlands
$50 cost includes picnic lunch
and a free membership in Greenway.
Meet at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park
at 5th and Pine streets
to be shuttled to trail head.

The hike takes four and a half hours,
and a picnic lunch will be provided
at the end around 12:30 to 1:00.
Saturday
May 10
8:00 or 8:30 a.m.
ANNUAL MEETING
Highlands Recreation Park
on North 4th Street
Saturday, June 21
12:00 noon

EVENTS HELD IN 2013

Greenway Trail Building
on the Big Bear Pen Trail
and the Recreation Park Trail
Third Saturday of each month.
Please sign up before each work trip.
Meet at the Highlands Recreation Park, Civic Center building.
We will continue work on the Greenway Trail.
Please contact Ran Shaffner at 828-526-5622
or email him at highlandsgreenway@nctv.com to sign up.
Third Saturdays
from January
through December
at 9:00 a.m.
GREENWAY T-SHIRTS
Sizes: XL, L, M, and S.
Color: Military Green
Available
March 18
ANNUAL MEETING
Highlands Recreation Park
on North 4th Street
Saturday, June 15
12:00 noon

EVENTS HELD IN 2012

Greenway Trail Building
on the Big Bear Pen Trail
and the Recreation Park Trail
Third Saturday of each month.
Please sign up before each work trip.
Meet at the Highlands Recreation Park, Civic Center building.
We will continue work on the Greenway Trail.
Please contact Ran Shaffner at 828-526-5622
or email him at highlandsgreenway@nctv.com to sign up.
Third Saturdays
from January
through December
at 9:00 a.m.
ANNUAL MEETING
Highlands Recreation Park
on North 4th Street
Saturday, June 16
12:00 noon
Greenway Trail Hike
from Sunset Rock to Rec Park Loop Trail

Meet at Rec Park lower parking lot off Foreman Road
to be shuttled to the trail head.

Lunch provided by Cullasaja Women's Outreach.
Saturday, Nov. 3
at 9:00 a.m.
See Our Greenway Newsletter of June 2012.

EVENTS HELD IN 2011

Greenway Trail Building
on the Big Bear Pen Trail
Third Saturday of each month.
Please sign up before each work trip.
Meet at the Highlands Recreation Park, Civic Center building.
We will continue work on the Recreation Park Trail.
Please contact Hillrie Quin at 526-2385
or email him at hmquin@frontier.com to sign up.
Third Saturdays
from January
through December
at 9:00 a.m.
Kelsey Trail Hike
from Whiteside Mountain to 5th Street
Meet at 5th and Pine streets to be shuttled to trail head
Bag lunch provided at end of hike around noon.
Saturday, May 14
between 7:00-8:00 a.m.
ANNUAL MEETING
Highlands Recreation Park
on North 4th Street
Saturday, June 11
5:00 p.m.
See Our Greenway Newsletter of September 2011.

EVENTS HELD IN 2010

Greenway Trail Building
on the Big Bear Pen Trail
Third Saturday of each month.
Please sign up before each work trip if at all possible. Meet at the Highlands Recreation Park, Civic Center building, at 9:00 a.m. We will continue work on the Big Bear Pen Trail. Please contact Hillrie Quin at 526-2385 or email him at hmquin@frontier.com to sign up.
Third Saturdays
from January
through December
ANNUAL MEETING
Highlands Recreation Park on North 4th Street
Saturday, June 13
5:00 p.m.

EVENTS HELD IN 2009

Greenway Trail Building
on the Recreation Park Loop Trail
Eight volunteers, guided by Fred Lashley, used a high line to transport and install 300-400 pound stone steps along a steep part of the Rec Park loop trail.
January 21 and 22
Work Trips on the Greenway Trail
The Recreation Park Loop Trail and Rhododendron Park Trail on Big Bear Pen Mountain.
January
through July
Kelsey Trail Hike
from 5th Street to Whiteside Mountain
Part of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust's centennial celebration
May 9
ANNUAL MEETING
Highlands Recreation Park on North 4th Street
June 13
Completion of the Rec Park Loop Trail
We finished work on the Loop Trail in the Rec Park, and a new bridge was installed over Mill Creek.
August through
September
Dedication Ceremony
Approximately 50 people attended the dedication of the Rec Park Loop Trail and the new Mill Creek Bridge, officiated by Mayor Don Mullen.
October 6
Work on the Big Bear Pen Trail
With the help of Fred Lashley and crew, the Big Bear Pen Trail was cleared, cribbed, and graveled from the upper switchback of Big Bear Pen Road to the power line, including a spur to below the lower switchback of Big Bear Pen Road.
October through
December

EVENTS HELD IN 2008

ANNUAL MEETING Highlands Recreation Park
on North 4th Street
June 28
Greenway Trail Building
on the Recreation Park Trail
We had 16 volunteers turn out for our first work trip. We created about 200 feet of new trail north of Mill Creek near the bridge.
September 6
Greenway Stone Step Construction
on the Recreation Park Trail
We had 10 volunteers turn out for our September work trip. We created a new trail to the bench on the south bank of Mill Creek near the bridge and built rock steps ascending from the bridge toward the road.
September 20
Check Steps, Rock Cribbing, and Trail
Construction on the Recreation Park Trail
We had a great turnout for our October work trip. Ten adults volunteered and the Eckerd Camp had 11 campers and two adults participating. We added about 150 feet of new trail and rehabilitated a section of washed-out trail with rock and earth steps in the Rec Park.
October 25
Construction on the Recreation Park Trail
We continued our work in the Rec Park near the Mill Creek Bridge and on the upper loop trail.
Saturdays,
November
& December, and December 31

Highlights in 2008

New Equipment: The Town of Highlands has purchased a Canycom tracked wheelbarrow and a Yanmar mini-excavator for use by the Highlands Plateau Greenway. Several greenway members have already received their training and have been using the equipment as part of our trail construction work on the Recreation Park Trail.

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Last modified on August 17, 2017.