Friday Rollers

Friday Rollers Crossing Reasonover Creek
 
Regular departure time and place: The Lowe’s Assembly area in the Lowe’s parking lot at the curb-line closest to and parallel with US64.  Please be there by 8:50 a.m. to allow time for sign-up, chitchat and whatnot.  We leave promptly at 9:00 a.m.   For DuPont hikes, check the description for a 2nd meet-up location and time for hikers coming from Henderson County.
 
A moderately paced hike, we expect to hike 3 – 6 miles without a huge amount of elevation gain.
 
Friday Rollers Group Leader:  Richard Mayberry  mayberryfinearts@gmail.com

 

 

FRIDAY ROLLERS
SPRING/SUMMER 2022 HIKING SCHEDULE

May 13 SASSAFRAS MTN. FOOTHILLS TRAIL, NORTH
5.0 miles, 1,000’ descent, 400’ ascent est., R6, $4.00 suggested car fee
A shuttle hike from the top of Sassafras Mtn. to Highway 178.

May 20 DUPONT FOREST, WINTERGREEN FALLS LOOP
4.6 miles, 700’ ascent, R5, $2.00 car fee
From Guion Farm parking we hike Buck Forest Fd., left on Thomas Cemetery Rd., left on Tarkiln Branch Rd., right on Sandy Trail, straight to Wintergreen Falls, returning via Wintergreen  Falls trail and Tarkiln Branch Rd.

May 27 GREEN RIVER GAME LANDS – NORTH SIDE
5.8 miles, 1,000’ ascent*, 990’ descent*, R8, $5.00 car fee
A loop hike, off Big Hungry Road, hike down Pulliam Creek Trail 1.5 miles, take Narrows Spur (very difficult) out and back .2 miles, continue down Pulliam Creek . 7 miles, left onto Bear Branch Trail 1.5 miles, left onto Bishop Branch Trail 1.1 miles, left onto Rock Hop Trail, then right on Pulliam Creek Trail to cars. *Ascent/descent does not include the Narrows Spur trail. Add maybe 300’ for that.

June 3 LITTLE SAM LOOP
5-6 miles, 700’ climb, R6, $5.00 car fee
From the side parking on road 816 we walk down to the Big Sam parking. From there we hike on the Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam Trail, go up to Little Sam and out on the rock for lunch. Then we return to our cars via the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

June 10 JOANNE HOUSTON PRIVATE HIKE
3.8 miles, 700’ ascent, R6, no fee
An out and back trail from JoAnne’s house we hike up a private trail to the Art Loeb, right to the parking lot, then back. Date is upon JoAnne’s approval…

June 17 DANIEL RIDGE VARIATION
5.7 miles, 810’ ascent, 790’ descent, R6, car fee: $2.00
From the parking for Daniel Ridge we go up the Daniel Ridge loop to Forest Service Rd. 5045, take a right, go to a small waterfall (much road erosion) return, to past Daniel Ridge trail and follow it around to complete loop. There are two waterfalls, both could be used as a lunch stop..

June 24 BLACK BALSAM/TENNANT MOUNTAIN
4.9 miles, 480’ ascent, R5
A loop from Big Sam parking we hike back on Rd. 816 to the Art Loeb Trail, go up Black Balsam and over to Tennant Mountain and down to Ivestor Gap where we take the Investor Gap trail back to cars.

July 1 CAT GAP LOOP AND JOHN ROCK
6 miles, 960’ climb, R6, $2.00
Hiking clockwise we will hike Ranger Rd. 475c, right onto Cat Gap, right onto John Rock trail, back to Cat Gap Loop Bypass, continue on Cat Gap Loop to parking. We’ll stop for lunch with a view.

July 8 BIG ROCK/BURNT MTN.
Possible blueberry hike in early July
5.6 miles, 750’ ascent, R6
From Corn Mills Shoals parking we hike out the Corn Mills Shoals trail, turning left onto Big Rock Trail hiking up Cedar Rock, turning left onto Cedar Rock Trail, then right onto Little River Trail, and back to Corn Mills Shoals, jog right and hike the Burnt Mountain trail, turn right for a short hike to the Little River for lunch. We then return to our cars on the Corn Mills Shoals trail.

July 15 PANTHERTOWN, EXPLORING THE EASTERN SIDE
5 miles, 650’ ascent, descent, R5, car fee: $5.00
Mac’s Gap trail, right at Little Green trail, diversion to Tranquility Point, back, diversion to Schoolhouse Falls, back to Panthertown Valley Trail, right, back to cars.

July 22 FRYING PAN TOWER
4.2 miles, 725’ ascent, R5
An out and back, from the Pisgah Inn on the campground trail we go to the road up to the tower. We return on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

July 29 HIKE ON YOUR OWN

AUGUST 5 IVESTOR GAP/BLUEBERRIES
5 miles, 260’ ascent, R4
An out-and-back from Big Sam parking, we hike out to “Blueberry Hill” or other promising blueberry picking grounds and back.

August 12 BENT CREEK/ARBORETUM
4.5 miles, 200’ ascent, R4, suggested car fee: $5.00
A shuttle hike: From Rice Pinnacle parking we hike out Deer Lake Lodge trail, left onto Hard Times Connector, left on Road 480, left on 480A (Old Bent Creek Gap rd., enter the Arboretum, right on Creekside trail, right on Wesley Branch trail to Visitor Center for lunch, take Carolina Mtn. trail to car(s) parked at the Arboretum entrance.

August 19 CARL SANDBURG ESTATE
4 miles est., 600’ ascent est., R5, $5.00 suggested car fee
An out and back from parking. Lunch at overlook

August 26 DUPONT – HOLMES ED. STATE FORESTS
6 miles, est., 500’ est., R6, $3.00 suggested car fee
A shuttle hike, we start at Guion Farms parking and hike to parking at Holmes Ed. State Forest. This will involve walking a bit on CCC Rd. (New hike)

September 2 RAINBOW FALLS
4.8 miles, 840’ ascent/descent, R5, $5.00 suggested car fee
From Rainbow Falls parking we hike past Rainbow Falls to the end of the trail, return but detour to Stairstep Falls for lunch. Swimming is suggested in warmer months.

September 9 MST TO GREEN KNOB
4.6 miles, 680’ ascent, 50’ descent, R5, suggested car fee: $5.00
A shuttle hike from the Mountains to Sea Trail at the intersection of Hwy 215 near the Blue Ridge Parkway we hike west about 2.8 miles turning right onto the Green Knob trail, go maybe 1 tenth of a mile, then veer left onto a beautiful mountain side for lunch. We continue on a “user” trail back to the MST to an intersection of a short southward trail to our car(s) parked at the Rough Butt overlook. This hike is in the Middle Prong Wilderness.

September 16 HIKE ON YOUR OWN

September 23 PINK BEDS
5.4 miles, 180’ ascent, R4, car fee: $2.00
From Pink Beds parking we hike the loop.

September 30 NORTH SLOPE LOOP
5 miles, 500’ ascent, R4, no car fee
From the Art Loeb trailhead parking we go clockwise around the North Slope trail.