Friday Rollers

Regular departure time and place: The Lowe’s Assembly area in the Lowe’s parking lot at the curbline 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


“Peace within…Peace between…Peace among…Peace beyond”, Virginia Sinclair
November 6th…Promontory Stump, Pisgah Forest
5 miles, 300’ ascent, R3, car fee: $3.00
A shuttle, we start at the Mountains-to-Sea trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Pigeon Gap and the Hwy 276 on ramp.  We hike down to the Barnett Branch trail, continue on to Pink Beds, then right to our car(s) at parking there.  Lunch at the picnic tables in Pink Beds.
November 13th…Cedar Rock in DuPont
4 miles, 500’ ascent, R4, car fee:  $2.00
From Corn Mills Shoals parking we hike up Cedar Rock, do the loop, take a left on Corn Mill Shoals trail to the Little River for lunch.  We return to parking on the Corn Mills Shoals trail.
November 20th….Eagle Rock and Tunnel Trail, Hickory Nut Gorge
November 27th…Turkey Pen in Pisgah Forest
 5 miles est.,  700’ est ascent, R5, car fee: $3.00
A loop, from parking we hike down to bridge, turning left onto South Mills River trail, take the right onto Mullinax trail, right onto Squirrel Gap trail, right again onto Bradley Creek trail back to bridge, then up to cars.
December 4th…Connestee Falls near  Brevard
December 11th….Butter Gap in Pisgah Forest
5 miles, 700’ est. ascent, R5, car fee: $2.00
An out and back, from the fish hatchery we hike up Cat Gap Loop to Butter Gap where we go right.  We hike out Butter Gap to the waterfalls and return.
December 18th…Carl Sandburg..Connemara…Flat Rock
4 miles, 700’ est. ascent, R4, Car fee:  $4.00
Hike around the Carl Sandburg estate.
December 25th…Thrift Cove..Pisgah Forest
4 miles, 500’ est. ascent, R4, no car fee
A loop trail, from the parking area behind the Forest Service equipment area we hike up Black Mountain trail, right onto Thrift Cove and return.
January 1st…3 Lakes Trail in DuPont
4.5 miles, 500’ ascent est., R4, $2.00 car fee
An out and back trail from the Visitor’s Center, we hike across the Little River via covered bridge, right on Conservation Rd., left onto Pitch Pine trail, left onto Three Lakes Trail, then return on Conservation Rd. to the covered bridge and on to cars.
January 8th….Camp Merrie Woode in Cashiers
January 15th….Pink Beds in Pisgah Forest
 6.5 miles, 350’ ascent, R3, car fee: $2.00
From Pink Beds parking we hike the loop.  Lunch at picnic tables.
January 22th….Moore’s Cove in Pisgah Forest
2 miles, 100’ ascent, R1, car fee: $1.00
We park at trailhead on US 276, walk to Moore’s Cove and return.