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FEW'S FROD, ENO RIVER ST. PARK
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 sock.DURATION: 4.5 hours with lunch,stops for wildlife, nature, etc.add additional time for swim. Looks like it will be near 88 with very snall chance of rain. 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. We will meet in the last parking lot in the park where the road makes a return loop. 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 Afterwards those who wish can regroup for food-beverages at Weaver Street Mkt. in Hillsborough.. QUESTIONS: send me an email with a phone # DO NOT DEPEND ON GPS, use directions below -GPS COULD SEND YOU TO WRONG PARKING LOT 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
Every first Saturday, we hike 4-5 miles on serene trails through hardwood forest and meadows at a relatively fast pace, joining all the new life bursting with energy during the spring. Today we will again visit the Brumley Forest Nature Preserve. Three-quarters of the way through our hike, we'll stop at some tables 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 (past or future), 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. Although the trails are well maintained, there will be dirt, roots, and rocks so sturdy closed-toed shoes are highly recommended. We'll meet at the large parking lot near the information kiosk, 3055 New Hope Church Road. No Dogs. The preserve closes if the trails are wet. In that case, we will change the location to Occoneechee Mountain. Those who have RSVPs will be notified the night before if this occurs. We'll go if drizzling or chance of rain, but heavy rain at the start time/location cancels. We're starting early to beat the summer heat. Sorry!
We will meet at the Walmart in Garner at Exit 309 at 7AM SHARP. We will carpool and drive to Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area. We will do a short hike then enjoy a day of fun in the sun. Pack games for the beach. Beach ball, Frisbee, bochee Ball, volleyball, etc. Towel, sunscreen, chair, change of clothes, hat, sun shelter, lunch, snacks, lots of drinks, boogie board, and whatever else makes you happy. We will go down the coast to get away from the crowds. ADULTS ONLY AND NO PETS. We will leave around 4pm and go have ice cream before heading back to Garner. By participating in this event, you agree to the terms below: TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY 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.
With a summit at 867 ft above sea level making Occoneechee Mountain the highest point between Hillsborough and the coast, this little-known state park presents several trails that might possibly provide the closest simulation to mountain climbing you can get without leaving the Triangle. We'll do a combination of trails to get an altitude gain of 1,000 feet in 5 miles (no climbing involved). Total distance for the event will be about 6 miles. In the spirit of Mountains-to-Sea Trail birthday events going on this weekend, you can consider continuing to Weaver Street Market for a birthday brunch (outdoor tables with a sheltered roof providing shade). This would add another mile for participants choosing this option. For brunch, you are encouraged to bring a token that fits in your pocket (object, poem, story, etc.) to share in show-and-tell format. The token would be something from your travels. To add fun and suspense, we won't reveal our tokens until we are gathered for brunch. We'll try to maintain an average pace of 3.0 mph with one brief stop at the overlook so we can enjoy a view of treetops as far as the eye can see. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a water bottle are recommended. No dogs. We'll hike in drizzle, mist or chance of rain. Bring a dry set of clothes to leave in your vehicle, just in case. Actual rain at the start or slippery conditions cancel.