What we're about

The ORIGINAL, LARGEST and MOST ACTIVE outdoors group in the Carolinas! Often imitated but never duplicated!

Triangle Hiking and Outdoors Group (aka THOG) is the premier outdoor adventure group in central North Carolina. With over 7000+ members and 300+ events a year, we offer a comprehensive array of exciting adventures in the Carolinas and beyond! We are the ORIGINAL Meetup hiking group and #1 in the Carolinas. Membership is FREE and open to any adults over the age of 21 years old. Our members range in age from 21 to 70+ years old, although the majority of our members are in their 20s through 50s. Our membership base is diverse and includes members who are singled, married and partnered.

Our Activities

Our regular activities include walking, local hiking, day trips, camping, backpacking and paddling. Depending on the season, we offer additional activities such as hanggliding, zip-lining, indoor rock climbing, and snow skiing). The majority of our events are hiking events, that allow old and new residents to enjoy the great outdoors and scenic areas around the Triangle area.

Why join THOG?

We know there are several outdoor groups in the Triangle area to choose from. When you join THOG you are joining the BEST group in the Carolinas. Our volunteer board consists of some of the most experienced and knowledgeable individuals in the Triangle area.

1) Experience counts! We were the first Meetup-based hiking group in the Carolinas and have hosted over 3000+ events since our inception. We are now in our 10th year of operation and continue to lead the way by providing unique and innovative events for our members!

2) Member exclusives! Throughout the calendar year, we offer events that are only available to THOG members. Events include workshops and hikes on private property where we have secured permission in advance!

3) Most importantly, we have great members who are fun and adventurous but also safety conscious and responsible.

We are an INDEPENDENT group and are not associated or affiliated with any other hiking or outdoor groups. In other words, there are other groups that claim to be like THOG, but they are not! On rare occasions, we will co-host events with other groups, but these will be clearly identified on the THOG site.

What THOG is not ...

- THOG is not a singles group and those looking to join THOG for the sole purpose of finding dates will be disappointed. (* On a serious note, if you are on the receiving end of unwanted advances, harassing e-mails or stalking behaviors, please let us know by contacting a Volunteer or Organizer)

- THOG does not condone or engage in careless, reckless or irresponsible activities or behaviors.

We expect that members will do their socializing on the trail, at camp, or on the water! Thus, you won't find social mixers, dining events or parties on our site. What you will find are some of the most unique outdoor adventures in the Triangle area. Whether its hiking, bicycling, zip-lining, backpacking, rafting, kayaking, snow skiing, snowshoeing, or camping, we've likely done it!

We are a VOLUNTEER based group and do not collect ANY fees or dues. Volunteers and organizers are selected based on their experience and commitment to the group. We require prospective volunteers and organizers to attend a minimum of 3 events prior to consideration for such positions.

What are you waiting for? Join THOG Today!

By joining THOG you are agreeing to our Membership Code of Conduct (http://www.meetup.com/Adventures/pages/THOG_-_Code_of_Conduct) and the Trip Participant Waiver of Liability (updated December 30, 2015).


I fully realize that this activity involves a risk of personal injury, property damage, or loss of my person or property. I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and same for persons with whom are in my party, waive and release any claims or rights against Triangle Hiking & Outdoors Group (THOG), all of its owners and coordinators for any and all injury, damages or loss to my person or property incurred during this activity. I also understand that THOG organizers are not required, nor should it be assumed that they are CPR/First Aid/Wilderness Survival Certified and I am responsible for my own personal safety.

Your RSVP indicates release of liability as indicated in the TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY above.

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CHOICE 5 OR 10 MILES. OPTION: SWIM OR SIT UNDER LOW WATERFALL near the end of each section of the hike. BEST HIKE FOR SCENERY: many miles along a beautiful stretch of the ENO RIVER on each bank, mature forests on the "mts.", old mill site, flood plains, wildlife-maybe a blue heron. EXERCISE: two hills on the "mountains" and some rough spots-5 or 10 miles (with only 1.5 miles of backtracking) with some uphills and rocky trails. First 5 miles BUCKWATER CREEK AND HOLDEN MILL TRAILS (elevation gain of 250') with option to drop out very near the parking lot. Next 5 miles COX'S MT. LOOP(elevation gain 275' +FANNY'S FORD, . http://www.ncparks.gov to find a park to Eno.FAIRLY FIT HIKERS ONLY for distance, uphills, and rough trails. Pace will be slightly fast, but there will be stops for lunch, to regroup, and more BRING: water-2 liters at least, lunch+snacks-we will have a brief lunch(about 11:30 on a rock outcrop jutting into the river+ rest of your lunch as we get in the water near end of hike,, hat, maybe trek pole, camera-binocs, sturdy footware-boots best for mud-rocks-if you wear low cut hike shoes and are allergic to POISON IVY- make sure you wear socks.DURATION: 4.5 hours with lunch,stops for wildlife, nature, etc..with additional time for swim. Looks like it will be near 85 with little chance of rain Sat. for the hike.. You can just do 1/2 the hike and drop out very close to the parking lot. Well behaved dogs on a leash are welcome-you will get a fine if unleashed. SWIM OPTION: rocks can be very slick, socks or some from of water shoes for tender feet may be helpful. If the river is not too high, we can enjoy the swim options about 15-20 minutes from the parking lot at the finish of Fanny's Ford trail. River may be too high for waterfall sitting if we get lots of rain today and thur. QUESTIONS: send me an email with a phone # Afterwards, those who wish can regroup in Hillsborough at Weaver ST Market for beverages or food. DO NOT DEPEND ON GPS, use directions below DIRECTIONS: I 85 EXIT 170, then take US 70 WEST for a few hundred yards to a stoplight, RIGHT at the stoplight onto PLEASANT GREEN RD. for 2.3 miles, then LEFT onto COLE MILL RD. to enter the park in about a mile-continue straight to the last parking lot. NOTE 1: from RTP, CARY, I 40, much of RALEIGH. From I 40 TAKE NC 147-DURHAM FREEWAY NORTH TO I 85, then take I 85 SOUTH FOR 2 MILES TO EXIT 170 NOTE 2: from CHAPEL HILL, take NC 86 NORTH TO I 85, then take 185 NORTH FOR 5 MILES TO EXIT 170. You will kinda make a U Turn to get on US 70 WEST

Eno Festival Picnic

West Point On The Eno

Let's meet for a picnic and fun times at the 40th annual Festival for the Eno event. In the spirit of the Mystery Token Hike series, feel free to bring something for a show-and-tell. Exact meeting location TBD. Festival Info: https://www.enofest.org/

Mystery Token Hike

Brumley Forest Nature Preserve

We'll hike 4-5 miles on serene trails through hardwood forest and meadows at a moderately fast pace. Three-quarters of the way through our hike, we'll stop at some tables in the shade to show-and-tell our mystery tokens and stories with a tranquil pond in the background. You are invited to bring something that is associated with your travels or outdoor adventures, is special to you, and fits in your pocket. It can be an object, a poem, a song, etc. In the spirit of fun and suspense, do not share or reveal before we reach the pond. Bringing something is optional. You are welcome to just listen or sit by/circle around the pond which has cut grass along its perimeter courtesy of the Triangle Land Conservancy. Although the trails are well maintained, there will be dirt, roots, and rocks among those beautiful trees so sturdy closed-toed shoes are highly recommended. No Dogs. Rain cancels.

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