Friday Hoofers

Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Friday Hoofer hikes are the longest, have more climb, and are the most strenuous of the five groups.   Please consult with one of the hike leaders before hiking with this group.  We normally ask potential Friday Hoofers to first hike with the Wednesday Striders.

Here is a Friday Hoofer Video that describes some of the fun we experience during our hikes.

Time:  Unless noted in the hike description the regular start time is 9:00 am.  However sometime in May we switch to our 8:30 am summer start time.  Please arrive 10 minutes early for a prompt departure.

Updates:  Updates are posted on the Updates page every Thursday morning before the Friday hike, and sometimes at other times.  Because of the uncertain weather in Western North Carolina an update may be posted the morning of the hike changing or cancelling the hike.  Hikers are encouraged to check for updates before heading to the meeting place.  If you would like to receive updates sent directly to your email, press the “+Follow” button at the lower right hand corner of any web page and provide your email address.

Assembly:  Three different Assembly Area locations are used depending upon the location of the hike.  The schedule specifies a starting location for each hike, which differs from hike to hike.  The three starting locations are the BiLo Grocery Store parking lot, Cathey’s Creek Road at US64 and the Cedar Mountain Community Center parking lot.  Details for each location are given in the Assembly Areas tab.

Friday Hoofer Hike Leaders:
Jay Hinze–
Vince Castello–

Friday Hoofer Summer 2019 Schedule

July 5  Cove Creek-Daniel Creek Loop
9 mi, 1300’cl, R10, $2.00
Meet at BiLo
Starting from the Cove Creek Parking lot we hike towards Cove Creek, cut over to the Daniel Ridge trail via an unmarked trail and FR 5048 by the Hamilton Neill Falls, up past the top of the Daniel Ridge Loop trail then left on an unmarked trail to an old roadbed onto FR 225 then R on the Cove Creek and Caney Bottom trails to our cars. 

July 12   Tanasee Bald – Mt Hardy – Green Knob
7 mi., 1200’cl, R5, $5.50
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
From the Courthouse Valley Overlook on the BRP we hike a user trail around Tanasee Bald.  After crossing the BRP we hike another user trail to the vista rock on Mt. Hardy; then on to Green Knob.  We continue to the Wolf Bald overlook and on to our shuttle at the Rough Butt Bald Overlook. 

July 19   North Mills River – Big Creek
10 mi, 850’cl, R3, $3.50
Meet at BiLo or Ingles Mills River
From the trailhead on Yellow Gap road in the North Mills River Recreational Area we hike the North Mills River trail crossing the North Mills River too many times to count.  Then we’ll hike the Big Creek trail until we get tired of getting our feet wet before returning to our cars.  Wear old hiking shoes and socks that you don’t mind getting wet.  We won’t be changing shoes at each crossing. 

July 26    23 Feature Hike
9 mi, 1900’cl, R6, $4.50
Meet at BiLo
Starting at the Sam Knob parking lot we hike up the Art Loeb Spur trail to the Black Balsam ridge.  From there we hike the Art Loeb, MST and Flat Laurel Creek trails to our cars.

August 2   X-Stream Hike–Tuckasegee River  (Hike changed to Art Loeb – Bracken Mountain due to weather)
6 mi, 1500’cl, R3, $4.00
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
From the Cold Mountain parking lot in Panthertown we hike to the base of Red Butt Falls.  After putting on our Tevas or suitable water sandals (no hiking shoes) , we hike up the Tuckasegee River including Red Butt, Elbow, Riding Ford, Jawbone and Warden Falls.  Then we walk in and around Schoolhouse Falls and back to our cars.  Plan to get wet.  Bring 2 hiking poles and polarized sunglasses  You’ll need them.

August 9    Waterrock Knob – Blackrock Mountain
7 miles, 2000’ cl, R7, $8.00
Early Start:  8:00 am
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
Don’t let the distance fool you on this “roller coaster” hike.  From the Waterrock Knob visitor center on the BRP we hike to the Waterrock Knob summit and back.  We cross the Parkway and hike southwest over Yellow Face and continue to the top of Blackrock Mountain.  We return to our cars via the reverse route.

August 16  Summey Cove – Courthouse Falls
10 mi, 1300’cl, R4, $3.00
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
From the junction of FS140 and NC215 we walk up NC215  to the Summey Cove trailhead.    We hike up the (now decommissioned) Summey Cove trail.  After stopping to admire Courthouse Falls we continue up FR140 to the upper falls on Courthouse Creek.  Then we take the long hike on FS140 back to our cars.

August 23   Pilot Rock – Laurel Mountain
8 mi, 1300’, R9, $3.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Pilot Rock trailhead on Yellow Gap road we hike the Pilot Rock trail over Pilot Rock to the Laurel Mountain trail.  We hike the Laurel Mountain trail to Sassafrass Gap where we pick up the user trail down to Slate Rock Creek.  After crossing the creek we hike up to the Pilot Cove trail where we find a user trail to the Pilot Rock trail and back to our cars. 

August 30    US25 to Folk Art Center
8 mi, mostly level, R5, $6.00
Meet at BiLo or Ingles Mills River
From US 25 we hike the MST to the Folk Art Center where our shuttle awaits.

September 6   Grassy Cove/Greasy Creek
9 mi, 1650’, R8, $4.50
Meet at BiLo
Starting at the Art Loeb Crossing on FS816 we hike the Art Loeb trail over Black Balsam and Tennent to Ivestor Gap.  Then we hike the Graveyard Ridge, Greasy Creek, Big East Fork, Bridges Camp and MST trails to our shuttle at Looking Glass Rock overlook on the BRP.

September 13   To Be Announced 

September 20   Tennent – Black Balsam – Graveyard Fields Upper Falls
10 mi, 1800’cl, R5, $4.00
Meet at BiLo
From Graveyard Fields parking we hike the Graveyard Ridge trail to Ivestor Gap.  Then we hike the Art Loeb to Tennent and Black Balsam to FS816 and a user trail to Upper Falls.  After that we return to Graveyard Fields parking. 

September 27          Rocky Mountain – Chimney Top Mountain
7.0 mi, 2300’cl, R7, $5.50
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
This hike takes us up Rocky Mountain then on to Chimney Top Mountain.  We walk through the High Hampton our way back to our cars at Zackary cemetery.

October 10 (Thursday)  Pisgah Hikers Octoberfest Celebration
Holmes State Forest