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2014 Trailblaze Challenge


Start a NEW Challenge in the NEW Year!

Please note both May weekends for Trailblaze are sold out!


In May 2014, you are invited to join us on an amazing journey, the Trailblaze Challenge. We will hike 24.1 miles of the famed Bartram Trail outside Franklin, NC in 1 life-changing day! The trek provides participants an opportunity for adventure, fun and fitness while making a direct impact on the lives of children in our community battling life-threatening medical conditions.


The hike will be offered on two different weekends.

  • Saturday, May 17, 2014 for Charlotte area participants

  • Saturday, May 31, 2014 for Asheville and Winston-Salem/Greensboro/High Point area participants

  • How Do I Get Started?


    Take the opportunity to push your limits and truly challenge yourself. Grab your friends, family and co-workers and make a difference on the Trailblaze Challenge. RSVP for a brief Information Meeting to learn more.


    About Bartram Trail


    Located near the mountainous towns of Franklin, Highlands and Nantahala, the Bartram Trail in North Carolina meanders around 78.4 miles of the approximate route 18th-century naturalist William Bartram journeyed in North Carolina in the 1700's. The Bartram Trail boasts some of the most scenic mountains in North Carolina with elevation reaching 5,385 feet, providing hikers with spectacular views of ridges and valleys.


    Our Section Of The Trail


    The trail (24.1 miles): Commencing at Appletree Campground in the upper Nantahala Gorge to Nantahala Lake, the trek ascends and briefly joins the Appalachian Trail from Winespring Bald to Wayah Bald.The top of Wayah Bald, at 5385 feet, is the highest point on the trail which then descends the Nantahala Mountains finishing the adventure outside Franklin, NC.
    *The 15.6 mile option will start at Saw Mill Gap and end outside Franklin, NC.


    About Make-A-Wish


    For children who face the overwhelming odds of a serious medical condition, the bad times can be truly devastating. Make-A-Wish exists to remind kids of all the amazing possibilities of life and to help them through the most difficult parts of their journey.






    We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. We're the largest wish-granting charity in the world with more than 61 chapters in the U.S. and its territories. Make-A-Wish granted nearly 14,000 wishes last year alone each one a life-affirming testament to hope, inspiration, and resilience. Wishes strengthen wish kids and their families, rally communities together, and change the lives of everyone involved.


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