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.

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Photography, videos,  and Topo maps on this page by Penny Longhurst and Howard Colby, unless otherwise noted.


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 also November 3, 2015 hike


June 20, 2017
Roan Highlands

Moderately Strenuous.  5.4 miles; 550 ft. elevation change – 7 am START TIME!!

See also Roan Mountain hike – June 16, 2015 & June 21, 2016


June 6, 2017
Horsepasture River

Moderately Strenuous.  5.0 miles; 950 ft. elevation change

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


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

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


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

See also 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 also Buck Springs Trail hike – May 12, 2015 & May 31, 2016


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

See also Eastatoe Creek hike – 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

Photographs taken by Paula Swartz during the hike on 3/3/15

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 also – 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 also – Station Cove Falls – April 21, 2015 hike


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

See also –Laurel Fork Creek hike – 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 also 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 also – 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 also – 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.
For info, call Paula at 884-8918.

See also – 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 also – 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 also – 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

Table Rock
Park map

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

Trail info


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

Park Map


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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Tuesday December 27, 2016
Jones Gap Falls
Moderate. 3.2 miles; 600 ft elevation change

Rainbow Falls
Trail map

Tuesday December 13, 2016 – POSTPONED!
Happy Acres to Bursted Rock
Moderately Strenuous. 5.6 miles, 420 ft. elevation change, 760 ft total ascent


December 6, 2016 – POSTPONED!
Jones Gap Falls
Moderate. 3.2 miles; 600 ft elevation change


Tuesday November 29, 2016 – POSTPONED!
Happy Acres to Bursted Rock
Moderately Strenuous. 5.6 miles, 420 ft. elevation change, 760 ft total ascent


Tuesday November 22, 2016
Loop hike from Gloucester Gap to Pilot Mountain – POSTPONED!
Strenuous. 4.5 miles, 1400 ft. elevation change, 2000 ft total ascent.


November 15, 2016
Exploratory hike – Either Foothills Trail Spur from Happy Acres to Slicking Mountain or forest road to Reese Place Falls.

 


November 8, 2016
Shuttle hike – Eva Russell Chandler to Ashmore Preserve
Moderate. 3.5 miles, 600 ft. elevation change

See also – Eva Russell Chandler to Ashmore Preserve hike –  December 29, 2015 


November 1, 2016
Shuttle hike from Upper Whitewater Falls to Bad Creek
Moderately Strenuous. 4.9 miles; 600 ft. elevation change – mostly downhill, but rocky

 


October 25, 2016
Rope-assisted Climb to top of Cedar Rock
Moderately Strenuous. 5.4 miles; 1000 ft. elevation change; 1500 ft. total ascent

See also – Cedar Rock hike – October 20, 2015


Friday October 21, 2016
The Light Hikers will be hiking Graveyard Fields to a waterfall and possibly stopping for lunch at the Pisgah Inn. The hike will be 2 miles. Call Janet, 885-2233 or email
janet1cpa@aol.com, for questions.


Tuesday October 18, 2016
Dill Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 4.7 miles; 700 ft. total ascent


Tuesday October 11, 2016
Loop hike to Slate Rock
Moderately Strenuous. 3.5 miles; 850 ft. elevation change, 1200 ft. total ascent

 


Lunch at Second Falls, Graveyard Fields
Lunch at Second Falls, Graveyard Fields

Friday October 7, 2016
The Light Hikers will be hiking Graveyard Fields Loop and possibly stopping for lunch at the Pisgah Inn. The hike will be 3.2 miles. There will be 60 steps to climb to get to Second Falls, but everyone can take their time.

 

 


Tuesday October 4, 2016
Shuttle hike from Graveyard Fields to Skinny Dip Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 4.8 miles; 900 ft. elevation change; 960 ft. total ascent

See also Graveyard Field to Skinny Dip hike on July 28, 2015


Friday September 30, 2016
The Light Hikers will be hiking Cemetery Loop with a little detour to the historic McCall Cemetery. The hike is 2.0 miles, a delightful walk in the woods. After the hike we will stop at the Fish Hatchery to see what eventually will be swimming in our lakes.


Tuesday September 27, 2016
Loop hike on Flat Laurel Creek Trail to Wildcat Falls – POSTPONED
Moderately Strenuous. 6.4 miles; 750 ft. elevation  change


September 20, 2016
Bridal Veil Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 4.7 miles; 400 ft. elevation change; 750 ft total ascent

See also Bridal Veil Falls hike on November 24, 2015


September 13, 2016 – POSTPONED
Shuttle hike from Graveyard Fields to Skinny Dip Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 4.8 miles; 900 ft. elevation change; 960 ft. total ascent

See also Graveyard Field to Skinny Dip hike on July 28, 2015


September 6, 2016
Cove Creek Loop
Moderately Strenuous. 4.6 miles; 600 ft. elevation change

See also Cove Creek loop hike – August 4, 2015


 

August 30, 2016
Looking Glass Rock
Moderately Strenuous. 5.6 miles; 1600 ft. elevation change, 1930 ft. total ascent.

Looking Glass Rock
Our Route
Looking Glass Rock
Our Destination!

See also Looking Glass Rock hike – September 8, 2015


August 23, 2016
Buckeye Gap to Hwy 215 on the Mountains to Sea Trail
Moderately Strenuous. 4.4 miles; 300 ft. elevation change, 800 ft. total ascent.

Our probable route


August 16, 2016
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 also Blueberry hike – August 25, 2015


August 9, 2016
Loop hike on Flat Laurel Creek Trail to Wildcat Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 6.4 miles; 750 ft. elevation  change

 


August 2, 2016
East Fork Pigeon River, key exchange hike, moderately strenuous, 4.6 miles, 1200 ft elevation change.


July 26, 2016
Blue Ridge Parkway, shuttle hike, Bear Trap Gap to Richland Balsam
Moderately strenuous, 5.1 miles, 940 ft elevation change, 1425 ft total ascent,

Richland Balsam


July 19, 2016
Breakfast at Pisgah Inn, then Mt. Pisgah MEET AT 8:00 AM
Moderately Strenuous. 6.0 miles; 750 ft. elevation change; 1550 ft. total ascent


July 12, 2016 – 8:00 am START TIME!
Waterrock Knob to Mt. Lyn Lowry
Strenuous. 5 miles; 300 ft.elevation change; 1900 ft. total ascent

 


July 5, 2016
Shut In Trail – Shuttle hike from Stony Bald Overlook
Moderately Strenuous. 5 miles; 700 ft. elevation change


June 28, 2016
Horsepasture River
Moderately Strenuous.  5.0 miles; 950 ft. elevation change

See also Horsepasture River Hike – October 6, 2015


 

June 21, 2016
Roan Highlands
Moderately Strenuous.  5.4 miles; 550 ft. elevation change – 7 am START TIME!!

See also Roan Mountain hike – June 16, 2015


June 14, 2016
Cat Gap Loop & John Rock Trail
Moderately Strenuous. 5.6 miles, 800 ft. elevation change.


June 7, 2016
Art Loeb Trail – shuttle hike to Black Balsam Knob and Shining Rock.
Strenuous. 9.4 miles; 600 ft. elevation change; 2370 ft. total ascent!

See also – Black Balsam and Tennent Mountain hike  – July 7, 2015


May 31, 2016

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

See also Buck Springs Trail hike – May 12, 2015


May 24, 2016
Devil’s Courthouse
Moderate. 4.8 miles; 330 ft. elevation change

See also Devil’s Courthouse hike – May 19, 2015


May 17, 2016 – POSTPONED

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

See also Buck Springs Trail hike – May 12, 2015


May 10, 2016
Avery Creek to Twin Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 4.8 miles, 480 ft. elevation change

See also  Avery Creek to Twin Falls hike – May 5, 2015


May 3, 2016
Chattooga Headwaters
Moderately Strenuous. 6.0 miles, 200 ft. elevation change.

 


April 25, 2016.
The Narrows at Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve
Moderately Strenuous. 4.5 miles, 500 ft elevation change

See also Eastatoe Creek hike – April 28, 2015


April 19, 2016
Lee Falls
Moderate. 3.0 miles, 500 ft. elevation change. Some potentially wet creek crossings!

See also – Lee Falls – April 8, 2015 hike


April 12, 2016.
Oconee Passage trail to Station Cove Falls  – CANCELLED
Moderately Strenuous. 5.0 miles, 800 ft elevation change

See also – Station Cove Falls – April 21, 2015


April 5, 2016
Green River Game Lands – Pulliam Creek Trail to the Narrows on Green River
Moderately Strenuous. 4.0 miles, 800 ft. elevation change.


March 29, 2016
Yellow Branch Falls, Issaqueena Falls, and Stumphouse Tunnel
Moderately Strenuous. 5.2 miles, 400 ft. elevation change


March 22, 2016
Laurel Fork Creek
Moderately Strenuous. 6.8 miles, 800 ft. elevation change

See also –Laurel Fork Creek – March 24, 2015


March 15, 2016
King Creek Falls and the Chattooga River
Moderately Strenuous. 5 miles; 300 ft. elevation change


March 8, 2016
Panthertown Valley. Multi-waterfall loop hike
Moderately Strenuous. 6.1 miles; 400 ft. elevation change

 


March 1, 2016 – SUCCESS!
Hike from Camp Adger Rd. to the petroglyphs on Pinnacle Mountain, Jim Timmerman Natural Resource Area
Moderate. 5.5 miles;  800 ft. elevation change

Photographs taken by Paula Swartz during the hike on 3/3/15


February 23, 2016 – POSTPONED!
Chattooga Headwaters
Moderately Strenuous. 6.0 miles, 200 ft. elevation change.


February 16, 2016 – POSTPONED AGAIN!
Hike from Camp Adger Rd. to the petroglyphs on Pinnacle Mountain, Jim Timmerman Natural Resource Area
Moderate. 5.5 miles;  800 ft. elevation change


February 9, 2016
Chattooga Headwaters – POSTPONED!
Moderately Strenuous. 6.0 miles, 200 ft. elevation change.


February 2, 2016 – POSTPONED!
Hike from Camp Adger Rd. to the petroglyphs on Pinnacle Mountain, Jim Timmerman Natural Resource Area
Moderate. 5.5 miles;  800 ft. elevation change


January 26, 2016 – POSTPONED!
Chattooga Headwaters
Moderately Strenuous. 6.0 miles, 200 ft. elevation change.


January 19, 2016 – POSTPONED!
Hike from Camp Adger Rd. to the petroglyphs on Pinnacle Mountain, Jim Timmerman Natural Resource Area
Moderate. 5.5 miles;  800 ft. elevation change


January 12, 2016
Chattooga River – Shuttle hike from Burrells Ford and Spoonauger Falls to the Walhalla Fish Hatchery
Moderate. 4.5 miles; 400 ft. elevation change


January 5, 2016
Chimneytop Gap to Sassafras Mountain
Moderately Strenuous. 5.0 miles; 1100 ft. elevation gain

Chimneytop Gap Trail Access Map

Sassafras Mountain Trail Access Map


December 29, 2015
Shuttle hike – Eva Russell Chandler to Ashmore Preserve
Moderate. 3.5 miles, 600 ft. elevation change


December 22, 2015
Shuttle hike from Upper Whitewater Falls to Bad Creek
Moderately Strenuous. 4.9 miles; 600 ft. elevation change – mostly downhill, but rocky


December 15, 2015
Rainbow Falls via Jones Gap and Rainbow Falls trails
Moderately Strenuous. 4.8 miles; 1100 ft. elevation change


December 8, 2015
Pretty Place to Hospital Rock
Strenuous. 5.4 miles; 1100 ft. elevation change


December 1, 2015
Rainbow Falls via Jones Gap and Rainbow Falls trails -POSTPONED
Moderately Strenuous. 4.8 miles; 1100 ft. elevation change

 


November 24, 2015
Bridal Veil Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 4.7 miles; 400 ft. elevation change


November 24, 2015 – POSTPONED
Reasonover Creek Trail, DuPont State Recreational Forest
Moderately Strenuous. 5.9 miles; 400 ft .elevation change


November 17, 2015
DuPont – High Falls, Triple Falls, and Lake Imaging loop
Moderate. 4.8 miles; 300 ft. elevation change


November 10, 2015
Table Rock
Strenuous. 6.5 miles; 2000 ft. elevation change


November 3, 2015
Lower Whitewater Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 4.8 miles; 300 ft. elevation change


Hike planned for October 27, 2015 was CANCELLED


October 20, 2015
Rope-assisted Climb to top of Cedar Rock
Moderately Strenuous. 5.4 miles; 1000 ft. elevation change


October 13, 2014
Loop hike to Slate Rock
Moderately Strenuous. 3.5 miles; 850 ft. elevation change


October 6, 2015
Horsepasture River
Moderately Strenuous.  5.0 miles; 950 ft. elevation change


October 6, 2015  – CANCELLED
Shuttle hike on Seniard Ridge Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Case Camp Ridge Trail
Moderately Strenuous. 5.0 miles; 1300 ft. elevation change


September 29, 2015 – CANCELLED!!
Turkey Pen Gap to Cantrell Creek Lodge
Moderately Strenuous. 7.2 miles; 300 ft. elevation change


September 29, 2015 – POSTPONED!!
Rope-assisted Climb to top of Cedar Rock
Moderately Strenuous. 5.4 miles; 1000 ft. elevation change


September 22, 2015
Panthertown Valley. Jawbone Falls, Elbow Falls & the Tuckasegee River
Moderately Strenuous. 5 miles; 500 ft. elevation change


September 15, 2015
Flat Laurel Creek Trail and Wildcat Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 6 miles; 700 ft. elevation change


September 8, 2015
Looking Glass Rock
Moderately Strenuous. 5.6 miles; 1600 ft. elevation change


September 1, 2015
Loop hike on Richland Balsam Mountain
Moderately Strenuous. 1.5 miles; 700 ft. elevation change elevation change


August 25, 2015
Blueberry hike(s) from Haywood Gap to Bear Pen Gap
Moderately Strenuous. 4.5 miles; 500 ft. elevation change, or Moderate. 2.0 miles, 400 ft. elevation change


August 11, 2015
Moderately Strenuous. Yellow Mountain Fire Tower (3.0 miles; 700 ft. elevation change) & Whiteside Mountain (2.5 miles; 600 ft. elevation change)


August 4, 2015
Cove Creek Loop
Moderately Strenuous. 4.6 miles; 600 ft. elevation change


August 4, 2015 – POSTPONED
Panthertown Valley. Jawbone Falls, Elbow Falls & the Tuckasegee River
Moderately Strenuous. 5 miles; 500 ft. elevation change


July 28, 2015
Shuttle hike from Graveyard Fields to Skinny Dip Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 4.8 miles; 900 ft. elevation change


July 21, 2015
Cat Gap Loop & John Rock Trail
Moderately Strenuous. 5.6 miles, 800 ft. elevation change.


July 14, 2015
Breakfast at Pisgah Inn, then Mt. Pisgah – MEET AT 8:00 AM
Moderately Strenuous. 6.0 miles; 750 ft. elevation change 


July 7, 2015
Art Loeb Trail – Black Balsam & Tennent Mountains – Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Moderately Strenuous. 5.1 miles; 800 ft. elevation change


June 30,  2015
Daniel Ridge Loop
Moderately Strenuous. 6.0 miles; 800 ft. elevation change


June 23, 2015
Shut In Trail – Mt. Pisgah to Stony Bald Overlook
Moderately Strenuous. 4.5 miles; 1100 ft. elevation change


June 16, 2015
Roan Highlands
Moderately Strenuous.  5.4 miles; 550 ft. elevation change – 7 am START TIME!!


June 9, 2015
Art Loeb Trail – Black Balsam & Tennent Mountains – Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Moderately Strenuous. 5.1 miles; 800 ft. elevation change – POSTPONED


June 2, 2015
Breakfast at Pisgah Inn, then Mt. Pisgah – MEET AT 8:00 AM
Moderately Strenuous. 6.0 miles; 750 ft. elevation change – POSTPONED


May 26, 2015
Horsepasture River
Moderately Strenuous. 5.0 miles; 950 ft. elevation change – POSTPONED


May 19, 2015
Devil’s Courthouse
Moderate. 4.8 miles; 330 ft. elevation change


May 12, 2015
Breakfast at Pisgah Inn, then Buck Springs – START TIME 8:00!
Moderately Strenuous. 6.0 miles; 1200 ft. elevation change (mostly downhill)


May 5, 2015
Avery Creek to Twin Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 4.8 miles, 480 ft. elevation change


April 28, 2015.
The Narrows at Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve
Moderately Strenuous. 4.5 miles, 500 ft elevation change


April 21, 2015.
Oconee Passage trail to Station Cove Falls
Moderately Strenuous. 5.0 miles, 800 ft elevation change


Photography by Howard Colby & Penny Longhurst