Event Date: Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 9:00am to 4:00pm
Event Venue: Hayters Gap Community Center
The Great Channels is a unique geologic formation comprised of a network of deep sandstone crevices at the top of Clinch Mountain. Participants will also have a chance to see rare high-elevation forest communities and have a chance to learn about and discuss the geology and ecology of the area. Participants should be prepared for a moderately-strenuous 6-mile roundtrip hike that is steep and rocky. The group will meet at the Hayters Gap Community Center at 9 a.m. and carpool to the mountain. Advanced phone registration is required, and spots fill quickly. Claiborne Woodall, with the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, will lead this hike. Participants must bring lunch, drinking water, and sturdy hiking boots. You may also want to bring a camera, rain gear, field guides, and binoculars. Limited to 20 participants.