Celebrating 20 years of conservation, Mainspring Conservation Trust is hosting 20 events in 2017, including a hike in Panthertown Valley on Thursday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. that is open to the public.The moderate, three-mile hike will be led by Friends of Panthertown founding board member Mike Purdy. Mainspring and Friends of Panthertown recently partnered together to raise money for the purchase of 16 acres of private property that borders the western entrance to Panthertown Valley and Salt Rock Gap near Cashiers in Jackson County.The hike will begin on that newly acquired property and will go to Wilderness and Frolictown, stopping for lunch at scenic Granny Burrells Falls. This should be an exceptional time to view the spring blooms popping up in the valley.The hike is limited to 20 participants and costs $15 per person, which includes a boxed lunch. RSVP to Sharon Burdette at 828.524.2711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Founded in 1997, Mainspring has conserved more than 25,000 acres and connected thousands of youth to nature in the six western-most counties in North Carolina and northern Rabun County, Georgia. To view the entire list of 20-for-20 events, visit www.mainspringconserves.org.