Upcoming Hikes

Distances given are the estimated length of the round trip. Elevation change reflects the difference between the high and the low point on the hike. Due to ups and downs, the actual amount of climb will almost always be greater than the actual elevation change. Due to unanticipated trail conditions, any hike can turn out to be more difficult than it is described. Even “Easy” hikes involve risks that are greater than just going for a walk. Please read our Hiking Hints and come prepared.


HIKERS On Tuesday, May 29 at 9 am, we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to Pisgah National Forest to hike to Kuykendall Falls. This hike is strenuous at 6.8 miles and 1070 ft. total ascent. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Tucker 883-8831.

Kuykendall Falls is seldom visited. It is somewhat remote and there is no trail for the steep climb down to the falls. Due to the steep bushwhack, the hike is rated as strenuous. Rich Stevenson describes it as a 10-mile hike, but we know a shorter route.

Trail Map:
Driving directions:


HIKERS On Tuesday, May 22 at 9 am, we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to Pisgah National Forest to hike to Twin Falls on Avery Creek. This hike is moderate at 4.0 miles and 870 ft. total ascent. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Tucker 883-8831.

Trail Map:
Trail Info:
Driving Directions: 

Pictures above from the May 10, 2016 hike


HIKERS On Tuesday, May 15 at 9 am, we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to the Blue Ridge Parkway to hike to Devil’s Courthouse. This hike is moderate at 5.0 miles and 850 ft. total ascent. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Tucker 883-8831.

Trail map:
Trail info:
Driving Directions:

See other pictures from the  May 19, 2015,  May 24, 2016, &  May 9, 2017 hikes


HIKERS On Tuesday, May 8 at 8 am, EARLY START TIME – 2 HR. DRIVE, we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to the Appalachian Trail for a shuttle hike from Max Patch to Lemon Gap. This hike is moderately strenuous at 6.0 miles and 1000 ft. total ascent. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $10 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Tucker at 883-8831.

Trail map: https://caltopo.com/m/Q316
Trail Info: https://www.romanticasheville.com/max-patch
Driving directions: https://goo.gl/maps/Fv6DgJb9syD2


May 1, 2018
HIKERS On Tuesday, May 1 at 8 am, EARLY START TIME, we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to the Pisgah Inn for breakfast followed by a shuttle hike on Buck Springs Trail. This hike is moderately strenuous at 6.0 miles and 1200 ft. elevation change, mostly downhill. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Tucker at 883-8831.

Trail map: https://caltopo.com/m/NUS0
Trail Info: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=48236
Driving directions: https://goo.gl/maps/iYCs7tzfw6v


April 24, 2018.
The Narrows at Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve
Moderately Strenuous. 4.5 miles, 500 ft elevation change

Trail map: https://caltopo.com/m/3CCN
Trail info: http://www.ncwaterfalls.com/narrows_sc1.htm

Driving directions: https://goo.gl/maps/4cNHRTdAujQ2

See also Eastatoe Creek hikes – April 28, 2015 April 25, 2016 , & April 25, 2017


April 17, 2018
Station Cove Falls and Oconee Station
HIKERS On Tuesday, April 3 at 9 am we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to Oconee State Park to hike to Station Cove Falls and historic Oconee Station. This hike is moderately strenuous at 7.0 miles and 1540 ft total elevation gain. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. There is a $5 per person fee to enter Oconee State Park. For info, call Tucker at 883-8831.

Trail Map: https://caltopo.com/m/M7QV

Photography by Paula Swartz
See more pictures from the April 21, 2015 and April 4, 2017 hikes


April 10, 2018
Chattooga Headwaters
HIKERS – On Tuesday, April 10 at 9 am we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to the Chattooga River to hike along the Chattooga Headwaters. This hike is moderately strenuous at 4.7 miles and 300 ft. elevation change. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Tucker at 883-8831.

Trail map: https://caltopo.com/m/M2PK
Driving map: https://goo.gl/maps/1GV5rYZcBYM2

See more pictures from the May 3, 2016 hike here


April 3, 2018
HIKERS – On Tuesday, April 8 at 9 am we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to Caesar’s Head State Park for a loop hike on Cold Spring Branch, Jones Gap, and Tom Miller Trails. This hike is moderately strenuous at 5.7 miles and 1600 ft total ascent. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Tucker at 883-8831.

Caltopo trail map: https://caltopo.com/m/H1ER

See other pictures from the February 14, 2017 hike


March 27, 2018
HIKERS On Tuesday, March 27 at 9 am we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to Sumter National Forest to hike to Lee Falls. This hike is moderate at 3 miles and 500 ft. elevation change. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Tucker at 883-8831.

Trail map: https://caltopo.com/m/S70B

Photography by Sam Henley & Paula Swartz

See more pictures from the April 11, 2017, April 19, 2016, & April 7, 2015 hikes


March 20, 2018
HIKERS On Tuesday, Mar 20 at 9 am we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to South Carolina to hike to Yellow Branch Falls and Issaqueena Falls. This hike is moderately strenuous at 5.2 miles and 600 ft total ascent. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Paula at 884-8918.

Trail map: https://caltopo.com/m/B9DS

Photography by Duane Bowker, Dee Campbell, & Paula Swartz
See other pictures from the March 29, 2016 hike


March 13, 2018
HIKERS On Tuesday, Mar 13 at 9 am we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to South Carolina to hike the Foothills Trail to Laurel Fork Falls. This hike is moderately strenuous at 7.6 miles and 1450 ft total ascent. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Tucker at 883-8831.

Caltopo trail map: https://caltopo.com/m/7LQE

See other pictures from the 3/24/15, 3/22/16, & 3/28/17 hikes


March 6, 2018 – CANCELLED
HIKERS – On Tuesday, Mar 6 at 9 am we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to Caesar’s Head State Park for a loop hike on Cold Spring Branch, Jones Gap, and Tom Miller Trails. This hike is moderately strenuous at 5.7 miles and 1600 ft total ascent. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Tucker at 883-8831.

Caltopo trail map: https://caltopo.com/m/H1ER

See other pictures from the February 14, 2017 hike


February 27, 2018
HIKERS – On Tuesday, Feb 27 at 9 am we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to Jones Gap State Park for a hike to Rainbow Falls. This hike is moderately strenuous at 4.8 miles and 1500 ft total ascent. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Tucker at 883-8831.

Caltopo trail map:  https://caltopo.com/m/08G9

See also pictures from December 15, 2015 and February  28, 2017 hikes.


February 20, 2018
Reedy Cove Falls, also known as Twin Falls, is located off Hwy 178 on Cleo Chapman Rd. There are two hikes, first to the top of the falls then a short hike to a lunch spot near the bottom of the falls.

Check out Paula’s pictures from January 24, 2017

Caltopo trail map: https://caltopo.com/m/LB78

HIKERS On Tuesday, Feb 20 at 9 am we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to South Carolina to hike to Reedy Cove Falls. This hike is moderate at 3.0 miles and 490 ft total ascent. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Tucker at 883-8831.


February 13, 2018
A loop hike to Wintergreen Falls and Thomas Cemetery. The trailhead is located on Sky Valley Rd.
Wintergreen Falls trail map: https://caltopo.com/m/PCUQ
Wintergreen Falls photos and description: http://www.ncwaterfalls.com/wintergreen_dupont1.htm

HIKERS On Tuesday, Jan 30, at 9 am we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to Dupont State Forest for a loop hike to Wintergreen Falls. This hike is moderate at 4.7 miles and 490 ft ascent. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Tucker at 883-8831.


February 6, 2018
Moonshine Falls,
In and out hike from Asbury Camp to Moonshine Falls. Permission from Asbury Camp is required for this hike.
Moonshine Falls trail map: https://caltopo.com/m/U1U1
Moonshine Falls photos and description: http://www.ncwaterfalls.com/moonshine1.htm

HIKERS On Tuesday, Feb 6, at 9 am we’ll carpool from the pool parking lot to Asbury Camp to hike to Moonshine Falls. This hike is moderately strenuous at 5.3 miles and 840 ft total ascent. Hiking boots are required. Bring plenty of liquids, lunch and $5 for gas if you won’t be driving. For info, call Tucker at 883-8831.


January 30, 2018 – CANCELLED!
A loop hike to Wintergreen Falls and Thomas Cemetery. The trailhead is located on Sky Valley Rd.


January 22, 2018
Foothills Trail from Sassafras Mountain to Big Spring Mountain
Moderately Strenuous.  5.2 miles;  650 ft. elevation change


January 16, 2018
Foothills Trail from Gum Gap to Ravencliff Falls.
Moderately Strenuous.  5.2 miles;  320 ft. elevation change


January 9, 2018
January 2, 2018 – Postponed!
King Creek Falls and the Chattooga River
Moderately Strenuous. 5 miles; 300 ft. elevation change

Photography by Hugh Comfort, Sam Henley, & Paula Swartz from March 15, 2016 and February 7, 2017 hikes


December 26, 2017
Chimneytop Gap to Sassafras Mountain
Moderately Strenuous. 5.0 miles; 1100 ft. elevation change

Hike was changed to Graveley Falls

Photography by Duane Bowker, Larry Hanson, & Paula Swartz from March 14, 2017  & January 5, 2016 hikes


December 19, 2017
Old Cantrell Lodge 
Moderately Strenuous. 7.4 miles; 250 ft elevation change


December 12, 2017
Shuttle hike from Upper Whitewater Falls to Bad Creek
Moderately Strenuous. 3.1 miles; 800 ft. elevation change – mostly downhill, but rocky

Trail map

See post from November 1, 2016


December 5, 2017 – CANCELLED
Chimneytop Gap to Sassafras Mountain
Moderately Strenuous. 5.0 miles; 1100 ft. elevation change

Chimneytop Gap Trail Access Map
Sassafras Mountain Trail Access Map

See – Chimneytop Gap to Sassafras Mountain hike – January 5, 2016  & March 14, 2017 


November 28, 2017
Hike from Camp Adger Rd. to the petroglyphs on Pinnacle Mountain, Jim Timmerman Natural Resource Area
Moderate. 5.5 miles;  800 ft. elevation change

See  April 18, 2017 hike


November 21, 2017
Cat Gap Loop & John Rock Trail
Moderately Strenuous. 5.6 miles, 800 ft. elevation change.

See Cat Gap loop & John Rock hikes – June 14, 2016 & May 16, 2017


November 14, 2017
Dill Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 4.7 miles; 700 ft. total ascent

See October 18, 2016 hike


November 7, 2017 – CANCELLED
Lower Whitewater Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 4.8 miles; 300 ft. elevation change

See November 3, 2015  & June 27, 2017 hikes


October 31, 2017
Happy Acres to Bursting Rock
Moderately Strenuous. 5.6 miles, 420 ft. elevation change, 760 ft total ascent

See – Exploratory hike along the Foothills Trail from Gum Gap to Bursted Rock, December 6, 2016


October 23, 2017
Shuttle hike – Eva Russell Chandler to Ashmore Preserve
Moderate. 3.5 miles, 600 ft. elevation change

See – Eva Russell Chandler to Ashmore Preserve hike –  December 29, 2015  & November 8, 2016


October 17, 2017
October 10, 2017 – POSTPONED!
Loop hike to Slate Rock
Moderately Strenuous. 3.5 miles; 850 ft. elevation change, 1200 ft. total ascent

See – hike from October 11, 2016


October 3, 2017
Bridal Veil Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 4.7 miles; 400 ft. elevation change; 750 ft total ascent

See Bridal Veil Falls hikes on November 24, 2015 & September 20, 2016


September 26, 2017
Corn Shoals and Cedar Rock/Big Rock Trails.
Moderate.  3.5 miles; 600 ft elevation change.

See – July 4, 2017 hike


September 5, 2017
Cove Creek Loop
Moderately Strenuous. 4.6 miles; 600 ft. elevation change

See Cove Creek loop hikes – August 4, 2015 &  September 6, 2016


August 28, 2017
Reasonover Creek Trail, DuPont State Recreational Forest
Moderately Strenuous. 5.9 miles; 400 ft .elevation change

 


August 22, 2017
Panthertown Valley.  Elbow Falls, Red Butt Falls,  & the Tuckasegee River
Moderately Strenuous. 5 miles; 500 ft. elevation change


August 15, 2017
Blueberry hike(s) from Haywood Gap
Moderately Strenuous. 4.5 miles; 500 ft. elevation change, or Moderate. 2.0 miles, 400 ft. elevation change

See Blueberry hikes – August 25, 2015 and August 16, 2016


August 8, 2017
High Falls on the Thompson River – POSTPONED!
Moderately Strenuous.  3.0 miles; 475 ft elevation change ,  with a knee-deep wade (or higher!).


August 1, 2017
East Fork Pigeon River – In & Out,  moderately strenuous, 5.7 miles, 450 ft elevation change, 1060 ft. total ascent.

See – August 2, 2106 hike


 

July 25, 2017
Loop hike – Sam Knob, Flat Laurel Creek Trail, & Wildcat Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 4.5 miles; 670 ft. elevation  change

See Wildcat Falls hike – September 15, 2015


July 18, 2017
Panthertown – Greenland Ck and Schoolhouse Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 6.1 miles; 400 ft. elevation change

See – March 8, 2016 Panthertown hike


July 11, 2017
Shut In Trail – Mt. Pisgah to Stony Bald Overlook
Moderately Strenuous. 4.5 miles; 1100 ft. elevation change

See – July 5, 2016 hike


July 4, 2017
Corn Shoals and Cedar Rock Trails.
Moderate.  3.5 miles; 600 ft elevation change.


June 27, 2017
Lower Whitewater Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 4.8 miles; 300 ft. elevation change

See November 3, 2015 hike


June 20, 2017
Roan Highlands
Moderately Strenuous.  5.4 miles; 550 ft. elevation change – 7 am START TIME!!

See Roan Mountain hikes – June 16, 2015 & June 21, 2016


June 6, 2017
Horsepasture River

Moderately Strenuous.  5.0 miles; 950 ft. elevation change

See Horsepasture River Hikes – October 6, 2015 & June 28, 2016


May 30,  2017
Daniel Ridge Loop
Moderately Strenuous. 6.0 miles; 800 ft. elevation change

See Daniel Ridge loop hike – June 30, 2015


May 23, 2017
Loop hike on Flat Laurel Creek Trail to Wildcat Falls – CANCELLED!
Moderately Strenuous. 6.4 miles; 750 ft. elevation  change

See Wildcat Falls hike – September 15, 2015


May 16, 2017
Cat Gap Loop & John Rock Trail
Moderately Strenuous. 5.6 miles, 800 ft. elevation change.

See Cat Gap loop & John Rock hike – June 14, 2016


May 9, 2017
Devil’s Courthouse
Moderate. 4.8 miles; 330 ft. elevation change

See Devil’s Courthouse hike – May 19, 2015 & May 24, 2016


May 2, 2017

Breakfast at Pisgah Inn, then Buck Springs – START TIME 8:00!
Moderately Strenuous. 6.0 miles; 1200 ft. elevation change (mostly downhill)

See Buck Springs Trail hike – May 12, 2015


April 25, 2017.
The Narrows at Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve
Moderately Strenuous. 4.5 miles, 500 ft elevation change

See also Eastatoe Creek hikes – April 28, 2015 & April 25, 2016


April  18, 2017
Hike from Camp Adger Rd. to the petroglyphs on Pinnacle Mountain, Jim Timmerman Natural Resource Area
Moderate. 5.5 miles;  800 ft. elevation change

See also hike on March 1, 2016 


April 11, 2017
Lee Falls
Moderate. 3.0 miles, 500 ft. elevation change. Some potentially wet creek crossings!

See – Lee Falls – April 8, 2015  & April 19, 2016  hikes


April 4, 2017
Oconee Passage trail to Station Cove Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 5.0 miles, 800 ft elevation change

See – Station Cove Falls – April 21, 2015 hike


March 28, 2017
Laurel Fork Creek
Moderately Strenuous. 6.8 miles, 800 ft. elevation change

See –Laurel Fork Creek hikes – March 24, 2015 & March 29, 2016


March 21, 2017
Yellow Branch Falls, Issaqueena Falls, and Stumphouse Tunnel – POSTPONED
Moderately Strenuous. 5.2 miles, 400 ft. elevation change

See Yellow Branch and Issaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel hike – March 29, 2016


March 14, 2017
Chimneytop Gap to Sassafras Mountain
Moderately Strenuous. 5.0 miles; 1100 ft. gain

Chimneytop Gap Trail Access Map

Sassafras Mountain Trail Access Map

See – Chimneytop Gap to Sassafras Mountain hike – January 5, 2016


March 7, 2017
DuPont – High Falls, Triple Falls, and Lake Imaging loop
Moderate. 4.8 miles; 300 ft. elevation change

See – DuPont loop hike – November 17, 2015


February 28, 2017
Rainbow Falls via Jones Gap and Rainbow Falls trails
Moderately Strenuous. 4.8 miles; 1100 ft. elevation change.

See – Rainbow Falls hike – December 15, 2015


February 21, 2017
Cedar Rock Creek Falls &  Grogan Creek Falls
Moderate. 4.2 miles; 400 ft. elevation change


February 14, 2017 – POSTPONED
Chattooga River – Shuttle hike from Burrells Ford and Spoonauger Falls to the Walhalla Fish Hatchery
Moderate. 4.5 miles; 400 ft. elevation change

See – Chattooga River – Shuttle hike from Burrells Ford and Spoonauger Falls to the Walhalla Fish Hatchery hike – January 12, 2016


February 7, 2017
King Creek Falls and the Chattooga River
Moderately Strenuous. 5 miles; 300 ft. elevation change

See – King Creek Falls and Chattooga River hike – March 15, 2016


January 31, 2017
Pinnacle Mountain, Table Rock State Park
Strenuous. 8.4 miles; 2,300 ft. elevation change


January 24, 2017
Reedy Cove (Twin) Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 3.5 miles; 250 ft. elevation change


January 17, 2017
Jorge F. Arango Trail, Pleasant Ridge Park, Marietta, SC
Moderately Strenuous.  5.2 miles;  750 ft. elevation change


January 10, 2017 – POSTPONED!
Reedy Cove (Twin) Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 3.5 miles; 250 ft. elevation change


Tuesday January 3, 2017
Keowee-Toxaway State Park – Raven Rock Loop
Moderate. 4.5 miles; 475 ft elevation change


 

 

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