If you want to carpool or caravan from Charlotte to Bass Lake (our destination for the day), please meet at 7:45 at the Family Dollar Parking Lot just off Central Avenue in Plaza Midwood. My cell phone # is[masked] for those who need directions to the meeting spot. I have 2 dogs myself so there's likely no room for anyone else to ride with me, but I'll be glad to lead the caravan out of Charlotte and up the mountain. Others can decide if they would like to carpool once we meet that morning.
From there we have about a 2 hour drive up to Blowing Rock. We will meet Beth Bradshaw (our guide for the day) and hike for about 2 hours around the lake and up past the house on bass lake. After our hike, we will venture into Blowing Rock for lunch at the Blowing Rock Grill.
This should be a fun adventure and something new and different for the group. A couple of things to keep in mind...
1) I'll keep my eye out on the weather 1 and 2 days prior to our trip. If there's a significant chance of rain that day in Blowing Rock we will cancel and plan to do this another time.
2) Plan to keep your dogs leashed (there's no off-leash access at the park)
3) Wear comfortable shoes and bring some water with you...both for you and your dogs.
I've posted some links below for those who would like to view the website for Bass Lake and information about Blowing Rock Grill. The restaurant is pet friendly for us to enjoy a fall lunch outside with the dogs.
Here's the Bass Lake webpage for directions and more information:
Beth's directions for those who want to travel on their own to Bass Lake:
Take 85-south toward Gastonia
Take 321 til you get into Blowing Rock
Take a left onto 321 Business (look for a large, log clad furniture store) - Take a left onto Hwy 221 at the fork in the road
A few miles on the right will be the "Bass Lake Access"
There's parking close to the lake or if parking is limited or full, you may park about an 1/8 mile up and walk down the hill to the main parking area.
BETH BRADSHAW'S CELL PHONE # IS[masked] IF YOU PREFER TO GET DIRECTIONS FROM HER OR NEED TO CALL IF YOU ARE LOST THAT MORNING.