Bark, Buds & Nuts

Location:Highland Brewing Tasting Room
Thursday, February 21 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Come by the Tasting Room for a "Tree I.D. presentation" given by Chris Coxen of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy(SAHC). The presentation will offer simple tips to help identify some of the common trees you see while hiking around Western North Carolina. Introductory winter tree identification tools will be taught through the concepts of native forest communities, tree form, and basic tree parts (bark, leaves, and fruit). This presentation is free, open to the public and is a lead up to the Devil's Britches hike that SAHC and Highland Brewing Company wil be leading on Sunday, February 24th. For more information about the hike, contact Rich Preyer  -

The Story:
Years ago a local ranch hand walked from his house down in the valley up the mountain to work at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, NC.  One fall day awed by the vibrant fall canopy ablaze on the mountain, he exclaimed, "Lordy, that's as red as the devil's britches" Ever since, the name of the footpath has been known as the Devil's Britches Trail. 

The Trail:
Devi'ls Britches is a four-mile trial in Haywood County, North Carolina, near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  This area is one of the most visited recreation destinations in the country for hiking, biking, fishing, and horseback riding.  This easy-to-moderate hiking trail wanders through shady cove hardwood forests featuring Carolina silverbell, mountain laurel, rhododendron, and lovely patches of fern.  After gray, dormant winters, cover forests explode in color with spring and summer flowers that are not to be missed.


The Partnership:

For Love of Beer and Mountains partnership with Highland Brewing Company and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, raises awareness of the beauty and uniqueness of our region's natural resources, and helps bring attention to efforts to protect them.  Each Highland seasonal release is celebrated with an outdoor excursion and a special presentation. 

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