The Chapel Hill - Durham Hiking Meetup is designed to provide local hiking and outdoor opportunities for the western triangle.
We are an active (3+ events per week on average) and social group (with some fantastic nature photographers) and plan hikes in the Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough and Chatham county areas. The hikes with our experienced organizers vary in intensity from relaxed pace to brisk and are generally anywhere from 3 to 7 miles in length (see hike posting for specific details of skill level and intensity). We offer evening and weekend hiking opportunities. If you already walk regularly at a good pace, we have events for you! Some of the main spots we like to hike are the Eno State Park, Battle Park, Occoneechee Speedway and Mountain, Duke Forest, The American Tobacco Trail, Little River, Jordan Lake and West Point on the Eno.
NOTE: We are NOT a beginning walkers group. You need to already be able to maintain at least a 3 mile an hour pace walking on a flat surface to do our beginner hikes.
All members are also required to post a close-up, recognizable picture of their face as their profile picture (no group shots) at all times and before applying. No exceptions.
To shake things up, we regularly include other outdoor activities including tubing trips, animal preserve tours, moonlight paddling, trips to the zoo, beach and aquarium, introduction to kayaking lessons, canoeing, swimming, night skywatching sessions, walking tours of Sarah Duke Gardens and other historical sites and more!
Please note all events are considered adult only. We occasionally have events we mark as "family friendly" where kids are allowed, but they are few and they are not hikes.
By signing up for the group you understand that you are responsible for your own health and safety on any events, as we are just volunteers who organize events for the meetup community.
~~~~~~ Attendance Policy ~~~~~~
Our organizers are volunteers and need an accurate count of people attending so that they can plan logistics for the events. Additionally, many of our events have people on the waiting list to attend. Therefore we enforce a “Two Strike” attendance policy. If you are a “No Show” or a “Late Drop” (dropping less than 3 hours before an event) it will count as a strike. After two strikes you are subject to removal from the group. So please only sign up for events that you know you can attend and update your RSVPs in a timely fashion if your plans change. You would be pretty upset if your event organizer just decided not to show up, so please show your organizer the same courtesy. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Welcome aboard and I look forward to seeing you all soon on the trails!