Member Social, Potluck, Picnic, Cookout, Hike and Swim!

  • August 26, 2012 · 12:00 PM

We hit 2000 members, so let's go out, play, and celebrate!


We are meeting at the Long Shoals Road Ingles at 12:00 pm on Sunday August 26, 2012. We will carpool to Dupont Forest at 12:15 pm. If your meeting us at the High Falls parking area, please be there no later then 1:00 pm.

I rented the covered picnic shelter at Lake Dense inside Dupont Forest from 1:00-4:00 for our private use!

I'll be allowed to drive in a vehicle with the gas grill, coolers, supplies, and your camp chair, that you may want at the shelter and lake, but you will have to walk the 1.5 miles to meet me there on the wide gravel roads, from the High Falls parking lot.

For the folks that might have to come later, just meet us at the lake, but make sure you can carry your items!

This is a non-alcoholic event, so please leave it home!

Don't forget to pack your swimming attire!

---> Directions to the trail head from Ingles on Long Shoals Rd. <---


From the High Falls Parking Area, walk past the gate onto the gravel road (Buck Forest Road). Stay on this road until you go though the covered bridge. Turn right onto Conversation Road. Follow this road to your next intersecting road on your left, Joanna Road. Travel uphill a little ways, then make the next right onto The Lakes Trail, and follow the path down to Lake Dense!

(Follow the black dots)

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  • Eric

    Thank you to everyone who made it out for this event! I had a great time with you all and hope to see you on and off the trail!

    August 31, 2012

  • Ken L.

    Baxter barking at the fishes !
    http://youtu.be/SlGmxGN8630

    August 27, 2012

  • Ken L.

    YouTube video of Eric Fetches a stick !
    http://youtu.be/GZ1WWszfr9A

    August 27, 2012

  • NANCY

    Thanks for organizing another outstanding meetup AWESOME Eric! WOW...it really caught on!

    August 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, friendly people and unbelievable food, fresh tuna, fruit cobblers, venision sausage in addition to plenty of hamburgers and hotdogs.

    August 27, 2012

  • Rose

    Fantastic afternoon! Wonderful food and company.

    August 27, 2012

  • Ruthy C.

    Great group and fantastic weather..couldn't get any better than this.

    August 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great! Had a wonderful time with some great people.

    August 27, 2012

  • Tracey R.

    Awesome Eric!! What a great day.

    August 27, 2012

  • Tom

    Great fun, thanks for organizing!

    August 26, 2012

  • Michael T.

    Thanks again Eric! Great show.

    August 26, 2012

  • Michael S.

    Thanks, Eric, for organizing this...and Chris for starting the group. 2050 and counting. Hike on!

    August 26, 2012

  • Jerome G.

    everyone was willing to accomondate needs and just be nice

    August 26, 2012

  • Linda F.

    Just a perfect outing, great weather, great food, great people, and even some great music. Thanks AWESOME ERIC for putting it together and making it happen.

    August 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event. Thanks to Eric and all his assistants for putting together such a great afternoon:)

    August 26, 2012

  • Melody G.

    Great! Very enjoyable, nice location!

    August 26, 2012

  • Ken L.

    Thanks Eric for organizing. What a FAN-TAS-TIC day !!! I had a really great time, and hope everyone else did also. Looking forward to the 3,000 member picnic ! Great to meet so many new people.

    August 26, 2012

  • Gina

    Wonderful day at a beautiful lake with new people to meet. This was my first meetup with the Asheville Hiking Club. Great...and it helps for it to be close to my home in Brevard/

    August 26, 2012

  • Ruth Van H.

    Awesome day! Thanks Awesome Eric. Great to meet new people. Perfect way to spend a Sunday.

    August 26, 2012

  • Michael T.

    Just a great group of people in a beautiful forest lake setting.

    August 26, 2012

  • Lee S.

    Will join you at the lake

    August 26, 2012

  • Chris

    4years, 6 months and 21 days ago the group started...
    that averages out to:
    1.23 new members per day and 1 meetup every 2.16 days!

    1 · August 26, 2012

  • NANCY

    Eric....I may be late....but know the way and will see you at Lake Dense.

    August 26, 2012

  • David V.

    Pot Luck? Should I plan on bringing a dish to pass?

    August 20, 2012

  • Eric

    Called the Ranger this morning and everything is all set, see you this afternoon!!

    August 26, 2012

  • Michael T.

    I'll bring some kind of goodies...

    August 25, 2012

  • Vanessa

    We'll meet you at the lake , and will bring cookies and hummus.
    If anyone wants to leave a bit later (12:30 to 1) - we could give you a ride.

    August 25, 2012

  • tess b.

    Hi Bill,
    Thanks! What time would you like to meet up at Ingles ?

    August 25, 2012

  • tess b.

    HI. I'm joining everyone tomorrow and am interested in carpooling. I can meet at Ingles in the Reynolds area if anyone is interested. I'm also bringing dessert!

    August 25, 2012

  • Mary Beth H.

    I will meet you at Dupont. I can carry my stuff in.

    August 25, 2012

  • Banana P.

    Has anyone given any thought to the pending disaster of leaving 40 cars in the Ingles parking lot tomorrow afternoon?

    August 25, 2012

    • Eric

      Nope!

      August 25, 2012

  • Ruthy C.

    I don't see enough grilling material. Are supposed to bring our own dog or meat

    August 25, 2012

    • Eric

      If you want something grilled just bring it along for yourself I guess.

      August 25, 2012

  • Ruth Van H.

    You said it Nancy! Eric what are you going to do if 2000 people show up ;-)

    August 14, 2012

    • Debra

      I believe you can Eric.

      August 19, 2012

    • Melody G.

      I'll bring a couple of bottles of soda.

      August 25, 2012

  • Ruthy C.

    Any one bringing hot dogs I'll bring a couple packs with rolls

    August 24, 2012

  • Eric

    For those who do not know what to bring: plates, knifes, forks, spoons, cups, and 2 liter sodas are a good open choice.

    August 22, 2012

    • Tom

      I plan on bringing some plates, utensils, and napkins, but probably not enough for the whole crew.

      August 22, 2012

    • Linda F.

      I will help Tom bring more plates and etc andpaper towels

      August 22, 2012

  • Michael T.

    Eric, 15 year old son... Ok? Not ok? Good either way...

    August 19, 2012

    • Chris

      I'll be bringing my 9 year old son, Fox

      August 22, 2012

    • Eric

      No Problem

      August 22, 2012

  • Sammy F.

    I think there's room to add "awesome" to his nickname: "Awesome, hot, steamy, muddy avalanche! - Just add water."

    2 · August 14, 2012

    • Chris

      Don't forget classy! He prefers I say classy instead of "twinkle toes"

      August 22, 2012

  • David V.

    I'm coming from Charlotte. Anyone else want to carpool from here?

    August 21, 2012

  • Eric

    Please start posting on what your bringing so everyone can start preparing. For ease of use, just update your RSVP with it.

    August 21, 2012

  • Eric

    That's fine Michael.

    August 21, 2012

  • Eric

    Leashed well behaved dogs are allowed...

    August 19, 2012

  • Karen

    Are dogs allowed?

    August 19, 2012

  • Eric

    Oh Tracey! You were asking about that "next" word to add? "awesome"!

    August 14, 2012

  • NANCY

    You are so awesome, Eric!

    August 14, 2012

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