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 Spring 2019 Schedule

March 29    Toxaway River – Lake Jocassee
8 mi. 1940’cl , R7, $2.00
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
We hike the Cane Break trail down to the swinging bridge over the Toxaway River at Lake Jocassee.  We return by visiting several waterfalls.

April 5   Avery Creek – Buckwheat – Bennett Gap – Perry Cove
8 mi, 1700’cl, R8,$1.00
Meet at BiLo
From the horse stables on Avery Creek Road we hike up to the Avery Creek trailhead and hike the Avery Creek trail to Club Gap.  From there we hike the Buckwheat, Bennet Gap, and Perry Cove trail back to our cars.

April 12  Eastatoe – Art Loeb – Strauss Park
8 mi, 1500′ cl, R5, $0.00
From Lowes we hike the Eastatoe trail, a user trail, the Art Loeb trail and a couple of forest service roads.  Then we hike through Camp Carolina and Strauss Park before waking the multi-use path back to Lowes.

April 19  Bennett Cove/Big East Fork
8 mi, 1800’ cl, R8, $3.00
Meet at BiLo
This hike starts with an easy bushwhack down Bennett Cove from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Big East Fork.  From there we hike up the Big East Fork to the Bridges Camp trail and the MST back to our cars on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

April 26  Flat Creek Falls Panthertown
8 mi, 1440’cl, R5, $5.00
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
From the trailhead at the end of Rock Bridge road in Panthertown we hike an non-maintained trestle path and old logging roads before scrambling over boulders to the base of the Flat Creek Falls–one of the most outstanding waterfalls in western North Carolina.  We retrace our steps back to our cars. Hikers will need to wear old hiking shoes shoes for the many stream crossings on this hike.

May 3  Green River Game Lands
11 mi; 2200’cl, R8, $6.00 (BiLo); $1.00 (Ingles)
Meet at BiLo 8:00 or Ingles Upward Road Spartenburg  Highway at 8:30
From the Rock Hop trail head on Big Hungry Rd we do a lollypop hike on Rock Hop, Long Ridge, 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 Bishop Branch and back to Rock Hop.

The way down to the Narrows is very steep with some ropes, about 300 ft of drop. The view of the Green River Narrows is well worth the trip down and back. There may be a couple of wet river crossings coming up Pulliam Creek if it has rained a lot but nothing very difficult.

Please note: Summer meeting time is 8:30 starting with the next hike.

May 10 Buckeye Gap – Haywood Gap
9 mi, 1600’ cl, R8, $4.00
Meet at Cathey’s Creek Road
From the Rough Butt Overlook on the Parkway we hike down, down, down the Buckeye Gap trail to the Middle Prong for lunch. Then we hike up, up, up the Haywood Gap trail to the Parkway. We walk the Parkway back to our cars enjoying the pink shell azaleas and service berry blooms along the way.

May 17 Eagle Rock to Grey Rock Overlook, Weedpatch Trail
10 mi, 2000’ cl, R8, $7.00, $3.50 from Ingles
Meet at BiLo or at the Ingles at US25/64
This is a new hike.  It 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 took last November. We lunch on Grey Rock and return uphill back to Eagle Rock.

May 24 Rough Butt on BRP to Green Knob, to MST to our 215 shuttle
 8 mi, 1300’ cl, R9, $4.00
Meet at Cathey’s Creek Road
We drop off our shuttle on 215 after passing over the BRP.  We then head to the Rough Butt Overlook parking area to begin our hike.  From here we join the MST to the Green Mountain trail and on to Green Knob. Then we go back to the MST and make our way over to 215 to our awaiting shuttle

May 31 Little Pisgah – Big Creek crossing – Pilot Rock Loop
8 mi, 2800’ cl, R10, $4.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Pisgah Inn parking lot we hike the Buck Spring trail past the overlook to the MST to the Little Pisgah tunnel.   Then we hike the Big Creek trail and an unmarked trail up to the Laurel Mountain trail.  From there we hike the Laurel Mountain trail, Connector trail, Pilot Rock trail and Buck Spring trails back to our cars at the Pisgah Inn.

June 7  Jones Gap Ramble

June 14  Panthertown Valley Ramble
9 mi, 2000’cl, R7, $4
Meet at Cathey’s Creek Road
From the Cold Mountain Gap parking lot your hike leader will take you to some places in Panthertown you’ve never been before (and some you have).

June 21 Bradley Creek
9mi., 1157’, R7, $1.00
Meet at BiLo
Starting at Turkey Pen parking, we hike the Mullinax, Squirrel Gap, Laurel Creek and Bradley Creek trails, crossing several streams before climbing back up to our car. Wear old hiking shoes and socks that you don’t mind getting wet. We won’t be changing shoes at each crossing.

June 29 Graveyard Fields Ramble
9mi, 600’cl, R8, $3.50
Meet at BiLo
The hike starts across the BRP from Graveyard Fields parking. We head up the Pisgah Ridge trail crossing the BRP to the MST. We hike the MST to the Graveyard Ridge trail back to our cars.