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 consistently 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.  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 Walmart parking lot in Pisgah Forest, Catheys Creek Road at US64 and the Cedar Mountain Community Center parking lot.  Details for each location are given in the Assembly Areas tab.

Photos: Pictures taken during some of the hikes can be found here.

Friday Hoofer Hike Leaders (as of 1/1/2020):
David Yeager–
Vince Castello–

COVID UPDATE: We are now carpooling again for all fully vaccinated individuals. For those folks car pooling, mask usage is at the discretion of the car pool driver. Non-vaccinated individuals are free to drive on their own or pool with anyone who is ok with doing so.

Friday Hoofer Summer 2021 Schedule

September 17 Turkey Pen to the Pisgah Ranger Station
9.6 mi, 2600’cl, R10, $1.00
Meet at the Ranger Station parking area 8 a.m.

We hike Turkey Pen Gap to Black Mountain where we will hopefully experience the new section of the Black Mountain trail which will take us to our cars.

September 24 Tennent – Black Balsam – Graveyard Fields Upper Falls (P400)
10 mi, 1800’cl, R10, $4.50
Meet at Walmart Parking 8 a.m
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.

Friday Hoofer Fall 2021 Schedule

Case Camp – Seniard Ridge (P400)
8 mi, 1800’cl, R9
Meet at Walmart

From the Log Hollow Overlook on the BRP we hike to the Seniard Ridge trailhead, down Seniard Ridge to Case Camp trail at FSR 475B, and then Case Camp back to our cars.

Mount Cammerer (SB6K)
12 mi, 3300cl, R10+, $14.00
Meet at Walmart
. Expect an early start
From the Big Creek trailhead off of I40, we hike the Chestnut Branch trail to the AT. Then we take the AT to a side trail to the historic forest lookout atop Mt. Cammerer.

Eagle Rock/Grey Rock
10 mi, 2000’cl, R10, $7.00 from Walmart, $3.00 from Ingles
Meet at Walmart or at the Ingles on US25/64

The hike begins at Eagle Rock in Rutherford County and follows the new Weedpatch Trail to the Grey Rock Overlook. Here we have a great view of the Rumbling Bald/Party Rock to Eagle Rock hike area. We lunch on Grey Rock and return uphill back to Eagle Rock.

9 mi, 2400’cl, R10, $10.00 from Walmart or $8.00 from Ingles
Meet at Walmart or Ingles Mills River.

From the trailhead in Montreat, we hike up to Graybeard as an out-and-back.

Panthertown/Bethel Alter
8 mi, 1700’cl, R9, $5.00
Meet at Catheys Creek

From the Cold Mountain parking lot we hike past Schoolhouse Falls to Little Green Creek then up to Bethel Alter.

Laurel Valley to Hawkins Falls
10 mi, 1580’cl, R10, $3.00
Meet at Catheys Creek

From the Laurel Valley parking area off of 178 we hike the Foothills Trail to Hawkins Falls and back.

Bearwallow Mountain
8 mi, 2350’cl, R9, $6.00 from Walmart or $3.50 from Ingles
Meet at Walmart or Ingles Mills River

At 4,232 feet above sea level, Bearwallow Mountain stands as the highest peak in the widely-visible Bearwallow Highlands range. From the Wildcat Rock – Little Bearwallow Mountain trailhead across US74 from the Florence Nature Preserve near Gerton, NC we hike to Wildcat Falls, Wildcat Rock, Little Bearwallow Mountain and finally to the top of Bearwallow Mountain for a view of 60 miles of the BRP. After lunch overlooking Lake Lure we reverse our route and return to our cars on US74.

Table Rock
11mi, 3400’cl, R10, $5.00

Meet at Cedar Mountain Community Center
From the Table Rock trailhead we hike up to the overlook. Then we take a side loop and hike toward Pinnacle Mountain and another spectacular overlook.

No Hike. Happy Thanksgiving.

Green River Game Lands
10.5 mi, 2400’cl, R10, $5.00 from Walmart or $1.00 from Ingles

Meet at Walmart or Ingles on Upward Road and Spartanburg HWY
From the Bishop Branch trail head on Big Hungry Rd we do a lollypop hike on Bishop Branch, Long Ridge, Bear Branch, Stair Step Falls, Turkey Gut, and Bluff trails down to the Green River. Then along the Green River Cove Trail with plenty of lunch spot opportunities by the river. Onto Pulliam Creek Trail with a stop to go down to the Narrows. Carry on Pulliam Creek to Rock Hop and back to Bishop Branch and our cars.

DECEMBER 10 (P400)
Shining Rock The Easy Way
10mi, 1500’cl, R10, $4.50
Meet at Walmart

We’ll head over to Shining Rock from the Big Sam Parking via the Art Loeb and/or Ivestor Gap trails.

Hospital Rock
8mi, 2600’cl, R10+, $3.50

Meet at Cedar Mountain Community Center
From Jones Gap State Park in SC we take the Falls Creek trail to the Hospital Rock trail back to our shuttle at Jones Gap State Park headquarters.

DECEMBER 31 (P400)
Neil Gap Loop
9 mi, 1500’cl, R9, no fee
Meet at Lowes

From Lowes parking we walk the Eastatoe trail to the Art Loeb trail. Then we hike up to Neil Gap to the North Slope Connector. From there we hike the North Slope trail through the Davidson River campground to the Art Loeb trail and back to our cars.