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 6.5 miles (7.5 miles if you're hiking to the brunch location). 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.
There will be an optional post-event gathering at one of the restaurants in historic downtown. Location is TBD. As always, you are welcome to bring a mystery token that fits in your pocket (object, poem, story, etc.) to share in show-and-tell format. The token would be something from an outdoor adventure, local or beyond. To add fun and suspense, we won't reveal our tokens until we are all seated.
We're staying on trails but sturdy, close-toed shoes are highly recommended. No dogs or pets for today's hike. Rain cancels but we'll go if there is only a chance of rain.
FYI: this hike is offered the first Saturday of every month.
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.