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Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Put on your water shoes and bathing suits, and join us for a creek exploration – hiking up one of our favorite creeks! Embrace summer by cooling off and going on an aquatic adventure together. Highlights include gem mining along the way in the creek and an Earthshine sliding rock experience. A fun summer outing for families! All participants must be comfortable in water, and be able to bend over and crawl up moving water on their hands and feet. Ages 5 and up welcome, must be able to walk in the rough terrain of the creek – children CANNOT be carried at any point (Children must be accompanied by an adult). You will be hiking IN the creek so it is very slick – there will be times your guide will ask you to walk on all fours. Guests must be able to navigate the slick, rough terrain and not be at a rick of falling. Be sure to wear closed-toed water shoes – remember, you are walking and playing in the... Read More
Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Put on your water shoes and bathing suits, and join us for a creek exploration – hiking up one of our favorite creeks! Embrace summer by cooling off and going on an aquatic adventure together. Highlights include gem mining along the way in the creek and an Earthshine sliding rock experience. A fun summer outing for families! All participants must be comfortable in water, and be able to bend over and crawl up moving water on their hands and feet. Ages 5 and up welcome, must be able to walk in the rough terrain of the creek – children CANNOT be carried at any point (Children must be accompanied by an adult). You will be hiking IN the creek so it is very slick – there will be times your guide will ask you to walk on all fours. Guests must be able to navigate the slick, rough terrain and not be at a rick of falling. Be sure to wear closed-toed water shoes – remember, you are walking and playing in the... Read More
Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Put on your water shoes and bathing suits, and join us for a creek exploration – hiking up one of our favorite creeks! Embrace summer by cooling off and going on an aquatic adventure together. Highlights include gem mining along the way in the creek and an Earthshine sliding rock experience. A fun summer outing for families! All participants must be comfortable in water, and be able to bend over and crawl up moving water on their hands and feet. Ages 5 and up welcome, must be able to walk in the rough terrain of the creek – children CANNOT be carried at any point (Children must be accompanied by an adult). You will be hiking IN the creek so it is very slick – there will be times your guide will ask you to walk on all fours. Guests must be able to navigate the slick, rough terrain and not be at a rick of falling. Be sure to wear closed-toed water shoes – remember, you are walking and playing in the... Read More
Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Put on your water shoes and bathing suits, and join us for a creek exploration – hiking up one of our favorite creeks! Embrace summer by cooling off and going on an aquatic adventure together. Highlights include gem mining along the way in the creek and an Earthshine sliding rock experience. A fun summer outing for families! All participants must be comfortable in water, and be able to bend over and crawl up moving water on their hands and feet. Ages 5 and up welcome, must be able to walk in the rough terrain of the creek – children CANNOT be carried at any point (Children must be accompanied by an adult). You will be hiking IN the creek so it is very slick – there will be times your guide will ask you to walk on all fours. Guests must be able to navigate the slick, rough terrain and not be at a rick of falling. Be sure to wear closed-toed water shoes – remember, you are walking and playing in the... Read More
Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Put on your water shoes and bathing suits, and join us for a creek exploration – hiking up one of our favorite creeks! Embrace summer by cooling off and going on an aquatic adventure together. Highlights include gem mining along the way in the creek and an Earthshine sliding rock experience. A fun summer outing for families! All participants must be comfortable in water, and be able to bend over and crawl up moving water on their hands and feet. Ages 5 and up welcome, must be able to walk in the rough terrain of the creek – children CANNOT be carried at any point (Children must be accompanied by an adult). You will be hiking IN the creek so it is very slick – there will be times your guide will ask you to walk on all fours. Guests must be able to navigate the slick, rough terrain and not be at a rick of falling. Be sure to wear closed-toed water shoes – remember, you are walking and playing in the... Read More
Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Put on your water shoes and bathing suits, and join us for a creek exploration – hiking up one of our favorite creeks! Embrace summer by cooling off and going on an aquatic adventure together. Highlights include gem mining along the way in the creek and an Earthshine sliding rock experience. A fun summer outing for families! All participants must be comfortable in water, and be able to bend over and crawl up moving water on their hands and feet. Ages 5 and up welcome, must be able to walk in the rough terrain of the creek – children CANNOT be carried at any point (Children must be accompanied by an adult). You will be hiking IN the creek so it is very slick – there will be times your guide will ask you to walk on all fours. Guests must be able to navigate the slick, rough terrain and not be at a rick of falling. Be sure to wear closed-toed water shoes – remember, you are walking and playing in the... Read More
Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Put on your water shoes and bathing suits, and join us for a creek exploration – hiking up one of our favorite creeks! Embrace summer by cooling off and going on an aquatic adventure together. Highlights include gem mining along the way in the creek and an Earthshine sliding rock experience. A fun summer outing for families! All participants must be comfortable in water, and be able to bend over and crawl up moving water on their hands and feet. Ages 5 and up welcome, must be able to walk in the rough terrain of the creek – children CANNOT be carried at any point (Children must be accompanied by an adult). You will be hiking IN the creek so it is very slick – there will be times your guide will ask you to walk on all fours. Guests must be able to navigate the slick, rough terrain and not be at a rick of falling. Be sure to wear closed-toed water shoes – remember, you are walking and playing in the... Read More
Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Creek Hike & Gem Mining

Put on your water shoes and bathing suits, and join us for a creek exploration – hiking up one of our favorite creeks! Embrace summer by cooling off and going on an aquatic adventure together. Highlights include gem mining along the way in the creek and an Earthshine sliding rock experience. A fun summer outing for families! All participants must be comfortable in water, and be able to bend over and crawl up moving water on their hands and feet. Ages 5 and up welcome, must be able to walk in the rough terrain of the creek – children CANNOT be carried at any point (Children must be accompanied by an adult). You will be hiking IN the creek so it is very slick – there will be times your guide will ask you to walk on all fours. Guests must be able to navigate the slick, rough terrain and not be at a rick of falling. Be sure to wear closed-toed water shoes – remember, you are walking and playing in the... Read More
Ask a Ranger

Ask a Ranger

Ask a Ranger Kevin Bischof, Gorges State Park This month, the Adventurist had a chance to sit down with Kevin Bischof, superintendent of Gorges State Park. Located in the southwest corner of Transylvania County, Gorges is considered by many to be one of the crown jewels of North Carolina’s state park system. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kevin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati before receiving a Master of Science in Outdoor Education (with a focus on environmental education) at Indiana University. We caught up with Kevin on an early spring day at the park’s beautiful Visitor Center. Q&A Q&A: Tell us a little about your background, Kevin, and how you came to North Carolina. “After I finished grad school I applied for every federal job and every park job in states where I had visited and wanted to live. I had a seasonal job in Oregon lined up, but I got a call from Jordan Lake State Recreation Area (near Raleigh), and they offered me a permanent job.” “After that, I went to Goose Creek State Park which is out on the coast for a couple of years, then came here to Gorges as a ranger for two years, from 2011-13. Then I went to Lake James State Park for 5 ½ years. I took my first superintendent’s job at Mt. Mitchell State Park in 2018 and was there for 2 ½ years. Then I transferred over to Grandfather before becoming the... Read More
Guided Coffee Hike

Guided Coffee Hike

Love hiking and coffee? You’ve found the right place. Nero Coffee Hikes offers unique guided hiking experiences where you can enjoy local coffee brewed fresh at a waterfalls. Join us this Sunday for a beginner-friendly guided group hike to Moore Cove Falls. More info at the link!... Read More
Safety in the Outdoors

Safety in the Outdoors

This workshop will introduce a risk assessment and safety management model. Then that model will be applied as we investigate the most common dangers and hazards in the backcountry and explore steps to mitigate those risks. Topics will include: encounters with wildlife (snakes, bears, insects, etc.), lightning and weather related hazards, toxic plants, water crossings, sketchy humans, hazards in camp, sound decision-making, and more. Class sizes are intentionally small to offer participants guided hands-on practice. Visit our website to... Read More
Outdoor “Thrival” Skills

Outdoor “Thrival” Skills

“Survival” skills have captured the imagination of many armchair adventurers, but do you know the actual skills needed not just to survive but to THRIVE in the outdoors? In this half day hands-on workshop we will focus on what you REALLY need to know. Topics will include the 10 Essentials, creating a shelter, finding and purifying water, fire building, signaling, navigating, and more. Don’t become a search and rescue statistic. Join us and become more responsible and self-sufficient in the outdoors. Class sizes are intentionally small to offer participants guided hands-on practice. Visit our website to... Read More