Morganton, NC- On Saturday, May 19, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina will host “Picnic With the Pups,” an outing for dogs and their owners, at its Cane Brake property, part of the Smith Cliffs/Henry Fork River Preserve in Burke County.

Cane Brake is a beautiful 32-acre property along the Henry Fork River in Burke County, featuring a large fielded landscape and lush forests. Foothills Conservancy acquired the property in 2015 and added it to the existing 90-acre conservancy-owned Smith Cliffs/Henry Fork River Preserve.

Friendly, social dogs are invited to sniff, swim, and explore on the preserve during this outing. Attendees are encouraged to bring their dog’s favorite toy to play and run free in the large field. Once the outing group enters the property, dogs are not required to be leashed.

Attendees should pack a lunch and plenty of water for a picnic lunch next to the river.

This outing is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. RSVP is required. Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 16 by emailing or calling 828-437-9930. Space is limited to the first 10 participants.

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina is a nationally accredited, non-profit regional land trust based in Morganton. The conservancy works cooperatively with landowners and public/private conservation partners to preserve and protect significant natural areas and open spaces. Focus areas include watersheds, forests and farmland across the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills in eight counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln, McDowell, and Rutherford. Since 1995, Foothills Conservancy has protected more than 54,000 acres, including lands added to South Mountains, Lake James and Chimney Rock state parks; Wilson Creek, South Mountains and the Johns River state game lands; Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Information about Foothills Conservancy, including ways to support its work, can be found online at or by calling 828-437-9930.