HCLT releases new Ravenel Park trail map

The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust has been working tirelessly with professional illustrator, cartographer, and certified Blue Ridge Naturalist Ken Czarnomski to introduce to you a new print and electronic trail guide!

The new trail guide for Ravenel Park. A printed version of the map will soon be available at the trailhead, at the HCLT office in the Peggy Crosby Center, or you may download it HERE.

Ravenel Park is home to Sunset and Sunrise rocks and the guide includes information on native flora and fauna, a curated map of the park, and directions to the trailhead.

Pictured below is a glimpse at Ravenel Park on Oct. 16.

The views from the summit of Ravenel Park are spectacular throughout the year, but with fall colors in full effect, now is a great time for a visit.

The red maples are contrasting with the deep green hues of gnarled pine and hemlock, while the leaves of poplar, birch, and hickory illuminate your journey with a stunning array of yellows and golds.

Sunset and Sunrise Rocks were donated to the organization now known as Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust in 1914 and has been under the ownership and care of this non-profit conservation organization ever since. 

HCLT receives no government funding to maintain this property which they open for public enjoyment but depends on the support of private donors.

Learn more HERE.

Looking up from the bottom of Sunset Rock.

HCLT staff recently trimmed up the view from Sunrise Rock.

This is what it looked like before Sunrise Rock was trimmed. Blackrock Mountain is almost completely obscured by foliage.

Overlooking Highlands from Sunset Rock.

Trail leading to the summit of Ravenel Park.

Panoramic aerial view of Ravenel Park and Highlands.

Photos by Brian O’Shea
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