After Work Evening Arboretum Hike (FREE parking)--First of the Season

  • April 2, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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It's the first Tuesday of the month--that means FREE parking at the Arboretum!

We will meet at the UPPER PARKING LOT by the Visitors' Center and depart for the trails at 6:10 pm.  Come into the Arboretum Main Entrance off of Hwy 191 and go up the hill to the main parking area.  I will be somewhere in the middle.

Dogs:  Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome, and there are a couple of streams we will cross (on bridges) or walk near so our furry friends can drink and play in the water a bit. Your dog must be on a leash, because people have gotten ticketed at the Arboretum because their dogs weren't on leashes!

Length: The entire hike will be about 3.1 miles, with an option for a shorter hike, and we should be back in the parking lot between 7:15 and 7:30 pm. You may want to bring small flashlights if you have them, since it may be getting dark by the time we get back to the parking lot.

Difficulty: I would rate this hike as an "easy" hike, with a couple of places going up hills being more "moderate," but not too strenuous. It's really more of a pleasant evening walk than a hike.  We will go at a leisurely moderate pace, about 2-2.5 miles per hour, or about 1 mile every 24 - 30 minutes.  Please try to stay with the group when hiking!

The Route: From the parking lot, hike down the Wesley Branch trail (0.5 mile) to Bent Creek Road, along the length of Bent Creek Road (1.3 miles) and back up the Carolina Mountain Trail (1.3 miles) to the parking lot.  We will stop at all trail intersections.

What if it rains? If it rains, you will probably get wet.  Bring appropriate clothing, including rain gear.

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  • Mikell M. M.

    Thanks Tracey! I really enjoyed the hike and the atmosphere!

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Luis F.

    42?! Im out.

    April 2, 2013

  • Joyce P

    This was a perfect end-of-day hike. Thanks Tracey! Loved seeing all the pooches!

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Conway M.

    Thanks to all the hikers for the doggie treats! Great time was had & looking forward to another outing real soon. Love, Snickers

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Kristin

    bellissimo ~ thanks tracey!

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    ***** I had a great time! Thank you so much for organizing and welcoming us.

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Angie McClure S.

    wonderful evening walk with fine friends thanks Tracey

    2 · April 2, 2013

  • Julie S.

    Thanks, Tracy! Great hike.

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Tracey R.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out hiking!! Special thanks to Ruth for leading and Kristin for her awesome whistling!!

    April 2, 2013

  • Ruth Van H.

    Now I see it. Here are the official stars. :-)

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Ruth Van H.

    Thanks for leading the hike Tracey. I had a great time. Looking forward to next month. 5 stars ***** (I didn't see a rating option here, but I gave you one anyway).

    2 · April 2, 2013

  • Jennifer M.

    Sorry I won't be able to make it. Im taking care of my mom who has the flu:-(

    April 2, 2013

  • Teresa G.

    Sorry, still at work and nowhere near being able to leave..really bummed..hopefully I can make the next one. Have a great time!

    April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry for the late cancellation, but I'm not going to be able to make it.

    April 2, 2013

  • Ruthy C.

    Thanks Tracey for hosting! Looks like a great day for a hike today!

    2 · April 2, 2013

  • Jewel

    Hate to miss, but meeting friend who just flew in f/ California. Have been at Arboretum earlier today w/client. If you have time, visit the exhibit of watercolor paintings by Ann Vasilik..well worth the extra time. Will make the next gathering.

    April 2, 2013

  • AG

    Darn, can't make it-- have fun!

    April 2, 2013

  • MichelleDeerlodge

    if it's sunny, I'm gonna ride bike, if it's cold, I'll see you all there.

    April 2, 2013

  • Deanna

    ugh! Woke up with a bad cough so I'm out. Maybe next week,....

    April 2, 2013

  • Rob

    Sorry that something has come up but looking forward to future hikes!

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Mary Beth H.

    Yippee...all my favorite hiking buddies and new buddies to meet!!

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Claire

    Tracey,
    Thanks so much for leading this. Such a popular hike. Please consider doing it every week leaving from Bent Creek Park and walking in. We would love you for it.
    Can't make it this week. Won't miss it in the future.

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Angie McClure S.

    oh my gosh "party down' all my past hiking friends are going YEHHHHH what fun

    3 · April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be coming from Greenville and will try to make after work--

    April 1, 2013

  • Conway M.

    I'm looking forward to meeting ' the big white dog '
    Don't worry, I'll have my companion on a leash (he's usually well behaved - in public).
    p.s. I'll actually called " Snickers ".

    1 · March 31, 2013

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