THE BIG REVEAL: Historic Hike Series, Part One

We mentioned an official reveal that will go down not only in this year’s North Carolina mountain history, but of all centuries of mountain history to come. Today, we begin a 3-part series detailing the historic “Cane to Cattail” hike from Cane River to Cattail peak. The hike begins at hwy 197 in Pensacola Community, Yancey County NC. Despite the trek not being open to the public for years, we accepted the challenge and hiked through unmarked trails, brush, and aging bridges. bridge The Cane to Cattail adventure started with the hikers feet in the water, which further began a river to ridge hike of historic proportion.  The Cane River itself has a rich history, and is also the current site of found artifacts of the Paleo, Archaic and Woodland periods.

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From Left to Right: Epic Games founder and Conservationist Tim Sweeney, Legacy Landbank Founder and President Joe Kelleher, Mike Leonard, Attorney and Lifetime conservationist. Photographer: Worth Weller, Trail Guide

There are few places on earth so beautiful that have grown from former mining and timbering activity.  With continued care using the disciplines of forestry, biology, botany and wildlife management, this area has a place of national prominence.

The Team:

Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games and 2013 NC Wildlife Federation Land Conservationist Of The Year, owner of Box Creek Wilderness.

Joe Kelleher, Forester and large tract land broker

Mike Leonard, practicing attorney and 2012 NC Wildlife Federation Conservationist of the Year and current vice Chairman of The Conservation Fund.

Worth Weller, photographer and Continuing Lecturer of English and Linguistics at Purdue University.

Coming soon: Part Two, The Hike

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