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).

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.

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

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BEST HIKE TRIANGLE: COX'S MT+HOLDEN MILL LOOPS, FEWS FORD,ENO RIVER ST. PARK

ENJOY THE SPRING WEATHER AND WILDFLOWERS EMERGING!

BE SAFE-BRING A MASK-we will try to maintain a safe distance BUT....please wear your mask when we stop to chat or maintain your distance when eating or drinking. VIRUS is still here and....

CHOICE 5 OR 10 MILES. 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, wildflowers, 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: 2+ hours-pace will be somewhat fast with few short stops-COX'S MT. LOOP(elevation gain 275' +FANNY'S FORD, LAST 5 miles: 3 HOURS +/-, pace will be slower with stops for nature lessons, wildlife, lunch: BUCKQUARTER CREEK AND HOLDEN MILL TRAILS (elevation gain of 250') finishing at the parking lot.. 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 1pm on a rock outcrop jutting into the river,, hat, maybe trek pole, camera-binocs, sturdy footware-boots best for mud-rocks- DURATION: 4.5-5 hours with lunch, stops for wildlife, nature, etc... Looks like it will be in the 60'S but chilly at start. You can just do just first 5 miles of 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 AND THE VERY END OF COLE MILL RD.

AFTER THE HIKE, those who wish can regather at Weaver Street Mkt. in Hillsborough for a beverage, snack, conversation.
QUESTIONS: send me a message with a phone #

DO NOT DEPEND ON 100% 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

Four Mile Hike and Yoga in the Woods!!!

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Let’s hike the Sal’s Branch and Potts Branch Trails followed by an hour of relaxing yoga led by Karin. We will maintain a pace of about 3 miles per hour on the hike, which is rocky and rooty. Make sure to bring plenty of water and a maybe a snack.

Note: we will have time to access our cars for our yoga mats, towels, etc. and use the bathroom before the yoga session, which will take place in an open field surrounded by trees. You might want to bring a towel or something to put under the yoga mat to keep it clean.

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.

After work bike ride on the ATT

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We'll be starting near Southpoint and final starting point will be sent out Monday evening. Make sure that your bike is in good working order - tires hold air and are up to pressure, brakes and shifters work and your chain has been oiled. We'll be riding for just under1 3/4 hours and about 18-20 miles. The ride is fairly flat and shaded and our pace will be moderate (about 12.5 mph average). I recommend a hard tail or hybrid bike, but if you really want to bring a road bike it's ok, though you'll likely be a bit bored. Unicycles....? I'll be eating after the ride at a Covid prepped restaurant. You're welcome to join me if you like. Helmets are required and by signing up you agree to THOG liability waiver statement. Please Note!! Any cancellation less than 30 hours before the beginning of the event will be considered a "no show"

After work bike ride on the ATT

Needs a location

We'll be starting near Southpoint and final starting point will be sent out Monday evening. Make sure that your bike is in good working order - tires hold air and are up to pressure, brakes and shifters work and your chain has been oiled. We'll be riding for just under1 3/4 hours and about 18-20 miles. The ride is fairly flat and shaded and our pace will be moderate (about 12.5 mph average). I recommend a hard tail or hybrid bike, but if you really want to bring a road bike it's ok, though you'll likely be a bit bored. Unicycles....? I'll be eating after the ride at a Covid prepped restaurant. You're welcome to join me if you like. Helmets are required and by signing up you agree to THOG liability waiver statement. Please Note!! Any cancellation less than 30 hours before the beginning of the event will be considered a "no show"

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After work bike ride on the ATT

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