Wednesday Striders

The Wednesday Strider hikes are at a faster pace and with less frequent stops than the Monday Pisgah Hiker hikes.  Hikes range from 5 to 8 miles in length.  Please contact one of the hike leaders before hiking with this group. 

Start time:   Winter, Spring Fall9:00 AM.  Summer (starting sometime in May);  8:30 AM.  Please arrive 10 minutes early for a prompt departure.

Meeting Place:  We have three different assembly areas depending upon the location of the hike.  These are the Parking lot next to St. Philips Church, BiLo and the Cedar Rock Community Center.    

Updates:  Updates will be issued every Tuesday morning before the Wednesday hike.  To receive updates by email, enter your email address in the “+Follow” link at the bottom right corner of any webpage.

Wednesday Strider Hike Leaders:
Jay Hinze–
Craig Smith–

Wednesday Striders Winter 2019 Schedule

January 2      Pressley Cove -– Maxwell Cove – Bennett Gap
6 mi, 1000’cl, R5, $1.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Pressley Cove trailhead on Avery Creek road we hike the Pressley Cove trail to Clawhammer Road.  We hike to the Maxwell Cove trailhead and continue down Maxwell Cove to Avery Creek Road.  Then we hike up a forest service road to a user trail to the Bennett Gap trail to our cars. 

January 9   Case Camp
6 mi, 1600’cl. R7, $2.00
Meet at BiLo
From the gate on FSR 475B we walk the road and hike the Case Camp trail to the Parkway.  From there we walk the Parkway to the Cherry Cove overlook for lunch.  We return by the reverse route back to our cars. 

January 16   Caney Bottom/Cove Creek
5 mi., 600’cl., R5, $1.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Cove Creek trailhead on Davidson River Road we hike to the far end of the Caney Bottom Campground.  We hike the Caney Bottom trail to the Cove Creek trail with lunch at the Davidson River Swimming Hole.

January 23   Hike cancelled

January 30     Wagon Road Gap to Pink Beds
5 mi, 100’cl, R1,$3.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Cold Mountain overlook on the Parkway we hike to the Wagon Road Gap overlook.  Then we hike down the MST , Barnett Branch and Pink Bed Loop trails to our shuttle at the Pink Beds park lot.

February  6  Bridal Veil Falls
6 mi, 500’, R4, $0.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Fawn Lake parking lot in Dupont State Forest we hike the Reasonover trail to Lake Julia and Bridal Veil Falls.  We eventually find our way back to our cars via assorted trails.

February 13    Horsepasture River – Bearwallow Creek Waterfalls
6 mi, 900’cl, R6, $3.50
Meet at St. Philips
From the trailhead in Gorges State Park we visit Drift Falls, Turtleback Falls, and Rainbow Falls before returning to our cars.  Then we will hop in our cars and hike the Bearwallow Falls trail to the platform overlooking Bearwallow Falls for lunch.

February 20   MST – BRP
6 mi, 1400’cl, R6, $2.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Cold Mountain overlook we hike out and back alternately on the BRP and MST. Lunch is served at Penny Rock.

February  27 Jones Gap – Cold Spring Branch
6 mi, 1375’ cl, R8, $0.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From its start at Tom’s Gate on US276 we hike the Jones Gap trail to the bridge over the Middle Prong of the Saluda River passing over a brand new bridge and past a beautiful waterfall along the way.  Then we hike the Cold Spring Branch trail back to our shuttle on US276. 

March 6        Trace Ridge – Bad Fork
8 mi, 1400’cl, R9, $3.50
Meet at BiLo or Ingles Mills River
Starting on Wash Creek road in the North Mills River Recreation Area we hike the Trace Ridge trail to the BRP.  We hike the BRP through the Ferrin Knob tunnels to the Bad Fork trail.  We find a user trail back to our cars. 

March 13       Pounding Mill Creek
7 mi, 1350’, R6, $1.50
Meet at BiLo
From Turkey Pen parking we hike the Mullinax, Squirrel Gap, Pounding Mill Creek and South Mills River trails back up that tiresome hill we originally came down.

March 21     Table Rock
7 mi, 2500’ cl, R10, $4.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Table Rock parking lot we hike the Table Rock trail to the overlook and back.  You’ll need $5.00 for admission to the park.

March  28    Bracken Mountain – Kings Creek
8 mi, 1500’cl, R7, $1.00
Meet at St. Philips
From the Bracken Mountain trailhead in Brevard we hike the Bracken Mountain trail to the Kings Creek trail to our shuttle.  Hopefully the Oconee Bells will be blooming.