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 2020 Schedule

December 25 Happy Holidays – No Planned Hike

January 1 Daniel Creek Ramble
7 mi, 1050’cl, R5, $2.00
Meet at BiLo
Starting at the Daniel Creek trailhead on Davidson River Road we hike past the junction with the Farlow Gap trail.  We complete the loop by hiking the south spur of FS5046 and then north on FS5046 to visit Upper Tom Spring Falls and Tom Spring Falls. (North Carolina Waterfalls,  Third Edition, Kevin Adams.  Pp 174 – 175.)

January 8  Tanasee  Bald – Herrin Knob – Mt. Hardy
7 mi, 1700’cl, R7, $5.00
Meet at St. Philips
From the gate on the BRP  we walk to the Tanasee Bald trailhead at the Courthouse Valley Overlook.  We hike the user trail over Tanasee Bald and Herrin Knob to the BRP.   After crossing the  BRP we hike another user trail to the Mt. Hardy Rock and the Mt. Hardy summit.  From there we hike the MST and Green Mountain trails to the Wolf Bald overlook for lunch.  We finish by hiking the MST to the Rough Butt Bald overlook where we hike the BRP back to our cars.   Sounds complicated?  It is!!

January 15 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 22 Devil’s Courthouse
7 mi., 1000’cl., R7, $5.00
Meet at St. Philips
Starting at the gate on NC215 we hike the BRP to Devil’s Courthouse. We hike the MST to the Little Sam trail to the Flat Laurel Creek trail which we follow to its end on NC 215. We hike the road back to our cars.

January 29 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 the MST and Barnett Branch to the Pink Beds.  We take the longer, scenic route across the bog bridges back to our shuttle at the Pink Beds park lot.

February 5 Case Camp
6 mi, 1600’cl. R7, $2.00
Meet at BiLo
From the closed 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. Bring hiking poles. You’ll need them

February 12 Twin Falls – Clawhammer Cove
6 mi, 800’cl, R5, $1.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Avery Creek trailhead on Avery Creek Road we hike to Twin Falls and return via the Buckhorn Gap, Clawhammer Road and Clawhammer trails.

February 19 Dupont– Triple Falls, High Falls, Grassy Falls
7 mi, 1200’cl, R5, $1.00
From the Hooker Falls parking lot in Dupont State Forest we hike to Triple Falls, High Falls and Grassy Falls before finding a circuitous route to the Lake Imaging parking lot where our shuttle awaits.

February 26 Trace Ridge – Bad Fork
7 mi, 1400’cl, R9, $3.50
Meet at BiLo or Ingles Mills River
Starting at the Trace Ridge trail 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 and on to our shuttle at the Bad Fork trailhead on Wash Creek Road.

March 5 Ashmore Nature Preserve
6 mi; 1200′ cl, $2.50
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the trailhead on SC11 in South Carolina we will hike in the Ashmore Nature Preserve.

March 12 Pounding Mill Creek
7 mi, 1350’ cl, 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 20 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 27 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.