This is a beautiful hike along the Eno River that involves dirt trails, creek crossings, a couple of climbs and adds 4.5 miles of steps to your Fitbits and hiking shoes. Near the end of our hike, we'll take a short break on some large rock outcrops or on a deck of a cabin overlooking the river to admire the sights and sounds of our surroundings. The sun should be warming those rocks and deck, providing a relaxing experience.
The setting near the end of our hike is ideal for the following suggested activity in the spirit of Valentines Day. Small pieces of paper will be handed out and you are welcome to write a name of a loved one, a love yearned, unrequited, lost, etc., and a short one-line note to that person. The papers will be folded and either kept in your pocket or if you would like to have them read out loud by the river, you can place them in a hat where they will be shuffled and read by a volunteer (or you can read your own), thereby releasing your words so the river breeze can deliver them. The leader will bring the paper. Please bring a pen or pencil.
While hiking, we'll try to maintain an invigorating pace of 3.0 - 3.5 mph stopping only twice, briefly to regroup at a beautiful spot and then again at the cabin near the end of our hike. From the cabin, there is an additional 3-mile loop up and around Cox Mountain for anyone wanting additional mileage although that won't be part of today's group hike.
These dirt trails have rocks, roots, possibly mud, and a small stream crossing. Sturdy, close-toed shoes are highly recommended. No dogs for today's hike.
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.