Friday Easy Hikers

“born to be wild”

Our hikes are generally about 3 miles in length, with no more than about 300 feet of climb and the hike is usually over in less than 3 hours.  We go at a nice leisurely pace and make enough stops so that we don’t wear anybody out. 

We meet every Friday at the BiLo Assembly Area in the parking lot at Forest Gate along the curb overlooking the Pizza Hut.  In June we have 9:00 AM gathering for 9:15 AM departure.  Hikes in July, August and first week in September will gather at 8:15 AM for 8:30 AM departure.   On September 12 we return to 9:00 AM gathering for 9:15 AM departure.  HIKE CHANGE AT LEADERS DISCRETION.

We send out an email every Thursday to members of this group with a Friday weather forecast and a description of the hike.

New or Returning Hikers – If you are brand new to hiking and do not know what your capabilities may be, or if you have not hiked for a while due to previous physical disabilities or whatever, this is a good group to start out with before trying any of the other groups. Please advise the hike leader that you are  brand new or are returning to hiking after an absence from these activities so that he or she will know to be aware of your progress during the hike and will gauge the pace and the frequency of stops accordingly..

Wear hiking boots and bring water and lunch or snack,  A good sense of humor also helps. And – Have Big Fun!

Friday Easy Hiker Leader:  Virginia MacDonald 862-6505


Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot overlooking Pizza Hut.  In July and August we will gather at  8:15 am for an 8:30 departure.

July 13           Elk’s Pasture (Turk’s cap Lillies) E40A

July 20.          Dupont from Visitor’s Center to High Falls. E 80

July 27           Pisgah Ridge  E35H

Aug. 03.         Barnett Branch to Waterfall and back down to Pink Beds and return.  E50A

Aug. 10.         Pick Blueberries.  Park at Black Balsam and bring your pail.

Aug. 17.         Exercise Trail from Campground to North Slope & loop back

Aug. 24.         Hamilton Falls/Daniel Ridge in and out.

Aug. 3l.         Whiteside Mountain outside Highlands.   After lunch in Highlands, visit waterfall.

In September we will return to our regular schedule, gathering at 9:00 am for a 9:15 departure.

Sept. 07

Sept. 14.         Andy Cove/Exercise Trail/North Slope loop

Sept. 21.          Seinard Trail off 475B  E13B

Sept. 28.         Cradle of Forestry E14C

Hikes can change at leader’s discretion.  Bring water and a snack, wear boots or hiking shoes, consider poles.   A good sense of humor