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Out in WNC: LGBTIQA+ Outing Club

Ongoing Event
02/10/2024 - 08/10/2024
Whiteside Mountain Highlands 28741

Come be “out in the outdoors!”

Calling WNC’s LGBTQIA+ community! Let’s gather to share the company of nature and our fellow community members. On the second Saturday of every other month, we will come together to create a welcoming and inclusive outdoor space as we wander in the woods, connecting to each other and the natural world around us. We’ll take the time to notice, appreciate, and learn about the creatures that call this place home, from the tiny beetles to the mighty trees. Along the way, we will find a spot to stop and enjoy a seasonal treat. Friends, family, and allies are welcome too!

This month, we will be Out on Whiteside Mountain to admire the icicles that form here in the cold months! We’ll share homemade hot chocolate and hope for a clear day so we can enjoy the sweeping vistas that this trial offers.

This 2 mile hike has 500 feet of elevation gain. We will meet at the parking lot to the trailhead (91-170 Deville Dr, Highlands, NC 28741) at 11:00am on Saturday, February 10th. Please note there is a $3 day use fee to park in the lot; if this is a barrier for you, email SkyeRegister on our website to attend this event. 

Email Skye with any questions. This event is weather-dependent.



Saturday, February 10th, 11:00am-1:00pm- Icicle Hike at Whiteside Mountain, Highlands

Saturday, April 13th, 10:00am-12:00pm- Birding Walk at Tessentee Bottomland Preserve, Franklin

Saturday, June 15th, 4:00pm-6:00pm- Flame Azalea Walk at Hooper Bald, Robbinsville

Saturday, August 10th, 12:00pm-2:00pm- Snorkeling at Queen Branch Preserve, Franklin

Saturday, October 12th- TBD

Saturday, December 7th- TBD