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Trail Hike. Photo by Johanna H. Stern.

Members Only Fun!

Every month from September through May the Friends of Sauratown Mountains ( FSM) sponsors a members only hike somewhere in the Sauratown Range. Many times these hikes are to secret, mysterious places in Pilot Mountain State Park, or Hanging Rock State Park. These hikes are led by Park Superintendents, Professors of Forest Ecology, Geologists, Ornithologists…
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The Hanging Rock at Hanging Rock State Park, photo by Johanna H. Stern

High 5 @ Hanging Rock

To raise funds to support Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain State Parks, The Friends of Sauratown Mountains is sponsoring the first annual High 5 at Hanging Rock.  Participants will trek over ten miles of park trails to reach five of the highest elevations within Hanging Rock State Park.   They will summit Moore’s Knob, Cooks Wall…
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Vade Mecum Hotel circa 1902

Vade Mecum

Vade Mecum is an integral piece of the history of  the Sauratown Mountains. Beginning in the mid 1800’s and lasting through the second decade of the 20th century, there were three major mineral Spring Resorts near Hanging Rock State Park. The last one standing is one of three hotels that were built at the Vade…
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Volunteer Opportunities

FSM is one of approximately 30 Friends Groups supporting the various State Parks in beautiful North Carolina. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities with our many ongoing projects in both Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock State Parks.  We love and appreciate our volunteers and are proud to report we donated over 2000 TWO THOUSAND…
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Beautiful in Every Season

SEASONLESS WONDER  There is no season prettier than another in the beautiful Sauratown Mountains.  As an organization dedicated to the preservation of this unusual Mountain range, we are so pleased that tourists and locals alike enjoy our many hiking trails, and playing in and along our Rivers all through the year.  In Spring one can…
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Pilot Mountain. Photo by Kathryn Royal.

Fall At Pilot Mountain State Park means Hawk Migration!

Mark your calendars!  Don’t forget the Annual Hawk Migration which can be seen in mid-Spetember at Pilot Moutain State Park. Every autumn, Broad-winged hawks, traveling in “kettles” migrate an average of 4,350 miles to Central and South America!  On any given day between September 11th-30th, (weather permitting) we can see hundreds of migrating raptors.  Come visit any…
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