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.