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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The Best of NC State Parks: THE LAND OF GORGEOUS WATERFALLS (Gorges SP)

Hello THOGers! Spend this Memorial Day weekend in the midst of plunging waterfalls and rugged river gorges. The average yearly rainfall at Gorges State Park is over 80 inches (compare to 46" in Raleigh). This unique climate has created a temperate rain forest with amazing waterfalls. It also means high chance of rain throughout the year. On Saturday morning we'll meet in Chapel Hill and drive to Brevard. Our campsite is located in Pisgah Forest. After we setup camp and eat lunch, we'll drive a few miles to the Looking Glass Waterfall and then to the Moore's Cove Falls. After a short hike we'll return to our camp and relax. Brevard is an awesome place to go out for dinner, for example, B&B Feed and Music that features local food and live music. On Sunday morning we'll drive to Gorges State Park for our tour of five amazing waterfalls along the Horsepasture River. Our hike will take us to Stairway Falls, Hidden Falls, Rainbow Falls, Turtleback Falls, and Drift Falls. If weather permits and in case you feel extra adventurous, you can slide down the Turtleback waterfall for a thrilling 20-foot drop off the curved rock face. The overall loop hike will be about 8 miles. After the hike we'll drive a little farther in the park to see the Whitewater falls, the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. On Monday morning we'll eat breakfast, pack and drive a few miles to Dupont Forest to see 2 iconic waterfalls: Triple Falls where one of the Hunger Games movies was filmed, and the massive High Falls. After lunch, we'll head back home to Chapel Hill. Overall on this trip we'll see 10 amazing waterfalls, spend two nights in the beautiful Pisgah Forest, and enjoy nature at the peak of the spring bloom. All hikes will be easy to moderate. To participate in the event, you'll need to bring your camping gear, the list will be provided ahead of time. The cost of the campsite reservation will be ~$10/person. The parking space around the campsite is limited, we'll need to carpool. I can take up to 20 people on this trip, please sign up only if you are committed to participate. 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: This hike is a part of THE BEST OF NC STATE PARKS event series. We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the state parks by hiking beautiful parks all over the state. Pick up your passport at a State park or order one on-line for free and share the fun! It's not required to participate in the event, but might be a good way to learn more about the parks. Join me on this adventure, collect stamps and explore our beautiful state.

5 MILES + A SWIM-COX'S MT+ FANNY'S FORD, FEWS FORD,ENO RIVER ST. PARK

FEW'S FROD, ENO RIVER ST. PARK

5 MILES ON THE COX'S MT. LOOP(elevation gain 275'-NO LONGER THE TOUGHEST HILL IN Triangle -they rerouted the trail with switchbacks )+ FANNY'S FORD TRAILS WITH A STOP FOR A SWIM PLUS MAYBE SIT UNDER LOW WATERFALLS FOR A FREE MASSAGE near the end of the hike. FAIRLY FIT HIKERS ONLY for distance, uphills, and rough trails. Pace will be somewhat fast, but there will be stops for lunch, to regroup, wildlife, plant id,and more BRING: water-2 liters at least, lunch+snacks-(we will have lunch about 12 on rocks near the end of the hike where those who wish can swim-play in the river) , hat, maybe trek pole, camera-binocs, sturdy footware with socks-boots best for mud-rocks, dry clothes for return home, maybe extra socks-old shoes to protect tender feet in the water. Those who swim should wear clothes for the swim-no place to change. DURATION: about 3 hours with swim-2 hours without, lunch,stops for wildlife, nature, etc.. Looks like it will be over 90 for the hike.. QUESTIONS: send me an email with a phone # AFTERWARDS those who wish can regroup at Weaver Street Mkt. in HILLSBOROUGH for food-beverages. 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

5 MILES + A SWIM-COX'S MT+ FANNY'S FORD, FEWS FORD,ENO RIVER ST. PARK

FEW'S FROD, ENO RIVER ST. PARK

5 MILES ON THE COX'S MT. LOOP(elevation gain 275'-NO LONGER THE TOUGHEST HILL IN Triangle -they rerouted the trail with switchbacks )+ FANNY'S FORD TRAILS WITH A STOP FOR A SWIM PLUS MAYBE SIT UNDER LOW WATERFALLS FOR A FREE MASSAGE near the end of the hike. FAIRLY FIT HIKERS ONLY for distance, uphills, and rough trails. Pace will be somewhat fast, but there will be stops for lunch, to regroup, wildlife, plant id,and more BRING: water-2 liters at least, lunch+snacks-(we will have lunch about 12 on rocks near the end of the hike where those who wish can swim-play in the river) , hat, maybe trek pole, camera-binocs, sturdy footware with socks-boots best for mud-rocks, dry clothes for return home, maybe extra socks-old shoes to protect tender feet in the water. Those who swim should wear clothes for the swim-no place to change. DURATION: about 3 hours with swim-2 hours without, lunch,stops for wildlife, nature, etc.. Looks like it will be over 90 for the hike.. QUESTIONS: send me an email with a phone # AFTERWARDS those who wish can regroup at Weaver Street Mkt. in HILLSBOROUGH for food-beverages. 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

Escape the Holiday Heat & Traffic Hike

Weaver Street Market

With 90+ temps forecast for all 3-days of this holiday weekend, what is a nature walker to do? Get up early and enjoy the birds I suppose. If we do a 4-mile hike starting at 8:30, there's a good chance we will be finished before the serious heat shows up. We'll plan on hiking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail along the Eno which is mostly shaded. We could do a relatively flat option or take the serious hill option. We can decide as a group when we get to the fork in the trail. Bring plenty of water. There could be a brunch-ice cream-lemonade party at Weaver Street Market after the hike if anyone is interested.

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