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–828-553-6533;
Craig Smith–240-416-5971;

Wednesday Striders Summer 2018 Schedule

July 4  Independence Day—No planned hike 

July 11 Black Balsam/Tennant Mt
5mi, 600’cl, R5, $4.50
Meet at BiLo
From the MST/Loeb Crossing on FS816 we walk the road to the Ivestor Gap trail. At the junction with the Art Loeb trail we hike over Tennent and Black Balsam before returning to our cars.

July 18 Shining Creek
6 mi, 1000’cl, R6, $3.50
Meet at BiLo
From the parking lot on the Big East Fork we hike to Shining Creek Falls and back.

July 25 Mt. Pisgah Loop
6mi, 1000’cl R7, $3.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Pisgah Inn we hike to the top of Mt. Pisgah via the Buck Spring and Mt. Pisgah trails and return via the Campground trail. We’ll eat lunch near (but not in) the Pisgah Inn.

August 1 Turkey Pen – Vineyard Gap – Riverside
7 mi, 600’cl, R5, $1.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Turkey Pen parking lot we hike the Vineyard Gap trail to the Riverside trail where we encounter a bunch of wet crossings of the South Mills River before returning to our cars. Wear old hiking shoes and wicking socks. We won’t be changing shoes at each crossing.

August 8 Horsepasture River Waterfalls
6 mi, 900’cl, R6, $3.50
Meet at St. Philips
We will hike from the trailhead in Gorges State Park and visit Drift Falls, Turtleback Falls, Rainbow Falls and Stairstep Falls before returning to our cars.

August 15  Blueberries!
5 mi, 500’cl, R6, $4.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Big Sam parking lot we hike Ivester Gap road to Flower Knob (Blueberry Hill) where we will fill our containers. Hopefully we will only spill half of them on the long hike back to our cars.

August 22  80H   Bridal Veil Falls
6 mi, 500’, R4, $1.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Fawn Lake parking lot in Dupont State Forest we hike the Reasonover trail to Lake Julia and continue to Bridal Veil Falls for lunch.

August 29  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.

September 5 MST – Wolf Bald
6mi, 700’cl, R5, $5.50
Meet at St. Philips
From the Rough Butt Bald overlook on the BRP we hike the MST/Buckeye Gap trail to the user trail to Wolf Bald. We locate the MST and follow it to the Bubbling Springs waterfall for lunch. We return to our shuttle on NC215.

September  12  Big East Fork
6.0 mi, 900’cl, R6, $4.00
Meet at BiLo
This is a key-exchange hike. From the Big East Fork trailhead on US 276 the uphill group will hike the Big East Fork of the Pigeon River upstream to the Looking Glass Rock Overlook on the Parkway. The downhill group will hike downstream to the Big East Fork trailhead.

September 19 Panthertown Waterfalls
8 mi, 1500’, R8, $6.00
Meet St. Philips
From the Salt Rock parking lot at the end of Breedlove Road in Panthertown we hike the Panthertown Valley trail to Schoolhouse Falls.  Then we continue on to Little Green, Tranquility Point, Granny Burrell Falls, Frolichtown Falls and Wilderness Falls before we return to our cars.

September 26   Big Sam
4 mi, 600’cl, R5, $4.50
Meet at BiLo
Starting at Big Sam parking we make a loop via the Flat Laurel Creek and Sam Knob trails and end up at lunch atop one of the twin peaks before returning to our cars.