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 former BiLo Grocery Store 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–

Friday Hoofer Spring 2021 Schedule

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.

June 25 North Mills River/Big Creek (P400)
11 mi, 1100’cl, R9

From the North Mills River trailhead in the North Mills River Recreational Area we’ll hike the Trace Ridge trail and the North Mills River trail crossing the North Mills River 10 times. Then we’ll hike the Big Creek trail and cross it 12 times or until we get tired of getting our feet wet before returning to our cars via the North Mills River trail and a campsite trail. Wear old hiking shoes and socks that you don’t mind getting wet. We won’t be changing shoes at each crossing.

Friday Hoofer Summer 2021 Schedule

July 2 Little East Fork (P400)
13 mi, 3000’cl, R10+ $7.00
Meet at Bi-Lo 7:30 a.m.

From the Boy Scout Camp in Canton we hike the Little East Fork Trail up to the Art Loeb trail, over to Deep Gap and back down to our cars. Prepare for a rather long day.

July 9 Mt. Pisgah and Frying Pan (P400)
9 mi, 1900’cl, R10, $3.50
Meet at Bi-Lo 8 a.m.

From the Pisgah Inn we hike to the viewing platform on Mt. Pisgah, then to Frying Pan and take the BRP back to our cars.

July 16 Farlow Gap (P400)
10.5 mi , 2700’, R10, $2.50
Meet at Bi-Lo 8 a.m.

We drop a shuttle at the Daniel Ridge Creek trailhead on Davidson River Road and then drive to the Art Loeb crossing at Gloucester Gap. We hike the Art Loeb to the top of Pilot Mountain. We continue on to Farlow Gap where hike the Farlow Gap and Daniel Ridge trails back to our shuttle on Davidson River Road.

July 23 Cove Creek-Daniel Creek Loop (P400)
9 mi, 1400’cl, R10, $1.50
Meet at Bi-Lo 8 a.m.

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 right on the Cove Creek and Caney Bottom trails to our cars.

July 30 Thompson Creek/Pilot Rock (P400)
9 mi, 2200’cl, R9, $3.00
Meet at Bi-Lo 8 a.m.

From the Pilot Rock trailhead on Yellow Gap Road we walk the road to the Thompson Creek trailhead. We hike the Thompson Creek trail past the Pisgah Inn and on to the Buck Spring overlook for lunch. From there we hike the Buck Spring trail to the Laurel Mountain trail. We hike Connector trail to the Pilot Rock trail to our cars on Yellow Gap Road.

August 6 Sam Knob (P400)
9 mi, 1000’cl, R9, $4.50
Meet at Bi-Lo 8 a.m
We park our cars at Sam Knob Parking, hike up the road to the MTS crossing and take the MTS, Little Sam Knob, Flat Laurel Creek and Sam Knob trails to Sam Knob summit. We return across the meadow to our cars.

August 13 Soapstone Ridge (P400)
10 mi, 1300’cl, $2.50
Meet at Bi-Lo 8 a.m
From the Pink Beds parking we hike Barnett Branch to Soapstone Ridge. We take the trail to S. Mills River for lunch at the bridge. Retracing our steps, at Barnett Branch we continue on to a user trail down to the Cradle of Forestry and back to our cars.

August 20 Summey Cove – Courthouse Falls (P400)
9 mi, 1600’cl, R4, $3.00
Meet at Catheys Creek 8 a.m.

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 27 Bracken Mountain to Lowe’s (P400)
11 mi, 1500’cl, $1.00
Meet at Lowe’s 8 a.m.

We take the Bracken Mountain Trail to FS475-C where we connect with the Art Loeb trail and back to our cars.

September 3 Green Knob – The Easy Way (P400)
9.5 mi, 1600’cl, R10, $4.50
Meet at Catheys Creek 8 a.m.

A round tripper from Bubbling Springs (MTS at NC215) to Green Knob on the Green Mtn Trail.

September 10 Flat Laurel Creek to Sassafras Mt
9.5 mi, 2100’cl, $3.00
Meet at Catheys Creek 8 a.m.

From the Laurel Valley parking area off 215 we hike the Foothills Trail up to Sassafras for lunch and the views and then retrace our steps back to our cars.

September 17 Turkey Pen to the Pisgah Ranger Station
9.6 mi, 2600’cl, $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, R5, $4.50
Meet at Bi-Lo 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.