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–828-553-6533;
Vince Castello–828-458-4489;

Friday Hoofer Summer 2018 Schedule

July 6  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 13  North Mills River/Big Creek
10 mi, 850’cl, R3, $3.50
Meet at BiLo
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 20   Tanasee Bald – Mt Hardy – Green Knob
10 mi., ??’cl, R???, $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 27  Waterrock Knob – Lyn Lowry
5mi, 2500’cl, R9, $8.00
Early Start:  8:00AM
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
From the Waterrock Knob trailhead and visitor center on the BRP we hike up Waterrock Knob and continue on a user trail to Mt Lyn Lowry.   Don’t let the distance fool you.   The steep climbs and descents on rough terrain make this hike difficult. 

August 3   Neil Gap – North Slope
8 mi, 1500’cl, R5, $0.00
Meet at BiLo
From Art Loeb trailhead we hike the Art Loeb trail up to Neil Gap to the North Slope Connector.  From there we hike the North Slope trail through the Davidson River campground to the swimming hole for lunch.   Then back to our cars.

Postponed:  X-Stream Hike–Skinny Dip Falls/Yellowstone Prong
4.5 mi, 1000’cl, R6, $3.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Looking Glass Rock overlook on the BRP we hike down to Skinny Dip Falls.   We put on our Tevas or suitable water sandals and hike up Yellowstone prong to the base of Yellowstone Falls.  After hiking up a user trail, we get back into Yellowstone prong and walk it up to Second Falls and the bridge in Graveyard Fields.  We put on our hiking shoes and hike the Pisgah Ridge trail back our cars.  Plan to get wet.  Bring one hiking pole. 

August 10    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 17    Panthertown Waterfalls
8 mi, 1800’cl, R8, $4.50
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
From the Cold Mountain parking lot we’ll hike to all the waterfalls on the Tuckasegee River including Red Butt, Elbow, Riding Ford, Jawbone and Warden Falls.  On the way back we’ll stop several waterfalls on Greenland Creek including Schoolhouse Falls, Pothole Falls and Greenland Creek Falls.  Some hikers may want to go for a swim in the pools below each falls.

August 24   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 31    Grassy Cove/Greasy Creek
9 mi, 1650’, R8, $4.50
Meet at BiLo
Starting at the Loeb Crossing of Big Sam Road we hike the Loeb over Black Balsam and Tennent  to Ivestor Gap, then over the Graveyard Ridge, Grassy Cove, Greasy Creek and Bridges Camp trails to our shuttle at Looking Glass Rock overlook on the BRP. 

September 7    X-Stream Hike Panthertown – Greenland Creek
4 mi, 500’cl, R5, $4.50
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
From the Cold Mountain parking lot in Panthertown we hike down to Schoolhouse where we begin our X-stream hike up Greenland Creek.  After hiking up 5 waterfalls we end up at Macs Falls where we hike back to our cars.

September 14   Rocky Mountain – Chimney Top Mountain
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
7.0mi, 2300’cl, R10, $5.50
This hike takes us up Rocky Mountain then on to Chimney Top Mountain.  We take the reverse route or traipse through the High Hampton our way back to our cars at Zackary cemetery. 

September 21   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 28          To be announced