What we're about

The Carolina Berg Wanderers is a Charlotte-area club formed in the 70's by people wanting to make friends with others who enjoy outdoor activities. 'Berg Wanderer' means mountain wanderer in German, which is how the club was named by its founders. With some original members still active, and many new members, the Bergs are very active throughout the year. We invite anyone with an interest in the great outdoors to join the club. Our membership, which includes families, married couples and singles of all ages, is as varied as our choice of outings.

We camp, hike, backpack, mountain bike, road bike, sea kayak, whitewater canoe and kayak, and cross country and downhill ski. Some just enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

Our events are primarily initiated, planned, and led by our individual members, which gives us a wide variety of activities.

If you enjoy the outdoors, whether it's hiking to a waterfall, cross country skiing in sparkling winter wonderlands or riding your mountain bike on rail-trails, and you enjoy the company of others who have a passion for these wonderful activities, you will enjoy us.

We hope you'll come and play outdoors with us!

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Upcoming events (4+)

Greenway Walk and Coffee at Mugs

Mugs

Trip Organizer: Tom Arrigo_______ Activity Type: Walk__________ Difficulty Rating: Easy____
We will meet at Mugs Coffee on Park Road, go for a 4-mile greenway walk, and grab a coffee at Mugs. Our walk will be on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway from Mugs to Huntingtowne Farms and back. Come join us for some exercise and a chance to catch up with old and new friends.

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Berg Guidelines for Event Participants (https://sites.google.com/view/carolinabergs/guidelines-for-event-participants)

Berg Guidelines for Event Organizers (https://sites.google.com/view/carolinabergs/guidelines-for-event-organizers)

Jones Gap Day Hike

Roses parking lot

Trip Organizer: Tom Arrigo__ Activity Type: Day Hike___ Difficulty Rating: Strenuous

NOTE!!! New information. Tom Miller trail has been closed and rerouted to the Silver Steps Trail. This new trail segment adds two miles to the hike, so the total distance is 12 miles. Also, entry fees per person have been increased to $6.00 for adults and $3.75 for those 65 and older. Also, a parking reservation is required, and the fee is $5.00 per car. I have updated the information below. Since we need more daylight for this hike, it has been moved to March 18th.

This hike is rated as very strenuous due to distance, elevation gain and trail roughness. Our pace will average 2 miles per hour. There are rocks and roots on this trail, which adds to the level of endurance required. We will stop for lunch, but take short water breaks along the way.

Visitors can find the unforgettable peace and repose of a deep mountain cove at Jones Gap State Park. Trails and 11,000 acres of pristine mountain woodlands join the park with Caesars Head in what is known as the Mountain Bridge Wilderness area. The Middle Saluda River, South Carolina's first state-designated scenic river, runs through the park.

We'll do a loop hike that involves the Jones Gap Trail, Silver Steps Trail, new Tom Miller Trail, and Cold Springs Branch Trail. The hiking distance is 12.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2011 feet. Running water is our companion through much of the hike, making the walk entertaining to both eye and ear. The unique landscape of the cove is best enjoyed in Winter and Spring when the leaves are down and the view unobstructed. At some points, water features can be seen in every direction.

Although there are no grand views on this hike, the beauty of cove makes it one of my favorite hikes. We'll get off to an early start so that we can leave the trail by late-afternoon. Please note that this park charges an entry fee of $5.00 per adult, $3.25 per senior 65 or older. Also, a parking reservation is required, and the fee is $5.00 per car. Please have exact change ready.

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Berg Guidelines for Event Participants (http://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Participants.htm)

Berg Guidelines for Event Organizers (http://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Organizers.htm)

Annual Meeting/Picnic/Elections

Latta Park

Hello Bergs,
Our annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 6 at Latta Park in Charlotte. This is the same location as the past 4 years.

First, we'll eat barbecue with buns, coleslaw and potato salad provided by the club.

Please bring other potluck dishes or desserts; and your own drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.

Due to our limited budget this year, we are asking for a donation (suggested $5 to$10) to pay for the shelter and food.

Our annual meeting will follow dinner, including election of officers. Hope to see you there!

Please RSVP so we can have enough food for everyone.

Board of Directors Meeting

Tom's House

This is a meeting of the Board of Directors. Any voting member is invited, but officers are expected to attend. Past minutes are posted under Board Info on the Message Board https://www.meetup.com/CarolinaBergs/messages/boards/forum/975363

An agenda will be sent to attendees prior to the meeting.

New members are encouraged to skip this until you meet us at an outdoor or social event first.

Past events (1,608)

Greenway Walk and Coffee at Mugs

Mugs

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