Holmes State Forest

Holmes SF - climbingThere are still so many places to explore in Western North Carolina. Not all are dramatic or demanding. Some are just pleasant.

On Sunday, I went to Holmes Educational State Forest between Brevard and Hendersonville on a Carolina Mountain Club hike.

An educational forest is just that – a managed forest to show visitors the importance of forestry. This forest has about five miles of trail and one good hill which the signs call “strenuous”. It has picnic areas, a building full of exhibits and talking trees.

Holmes SF - Talking treesTalking trees are recordings placed on the trail that you start with a push of a button. Each recording describes a specific tree. See Cameron enjoying pushing button, though he’s too young to understand what the “tree” is saying.

Homes SF - Altitude in NCThe educational forest brings in school children. I can imagine the worksheet and notebooks being filled in as the kids explore the forest.

One exhibit caught my fancy. It shows the various altitudes in North Carolina.

  • Mountains – 2000 to 6000 ft. – Asheville, Boone, Mt. Mitchell
  • Foothills – 1000 to 2000 ft. – Lenoir, Mt. Airy
  • Piedmont – 600 to 1000 ft. – Charlotte, Winston-Salem
  • Lowlands – 150 to 600 ft. – Raleigh-Durham
  • Coastal Plains – sea level – Wilmington, Goldsboro

I did take a picture of this display but mostly I’m glad I can just walk.

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