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Welcome to GNHA-The Greenville Natural History Association!

Please visit our website www.greenvillehiking.com (http://www.greenvillehiking.com/) and review our club history and policies.

We welcome you to join GNHA Hiking Club with a temporary "Guest Hiker" membership. To complete that process:

*Please note that failing to follow these steps will delay your request for membership.

1. Post your "Meetup Name" using your real first and last name.

2. If you have a privacy concern, use your first name and the first letter of your last name. Please note that we have over 700 members so you may not get your first choice!

3. We do require a "face-forward", individual picture. (Log in to meetup. Go to the small picture on the upper right hand side of screen. Scroll down and click on 'Settings'. You should be in your personal information under “General”. Click on Change your photo. Changing/downloading your photo works better on a computer desktop, not cloud, etc.

4. Your request may take up to a week to be accepted so please do not request membership with the expectation that you will be able to attend a hike within the first week.

In order to have the best hiking experience possible, and to ensure the safety of others, please read the “Let’s Hike” tab on our website that explains our hiking policies and expectations. Pay particular attention to the rating schedule so you do not attempt to do a hike beyond your abilities.

We know many of our hikes are not suitable for the fitness ability level of most new hikers. So before you RSVP for your first hike, you must call the hike leader to gain a better understanding of the hike and the leader's walking pace. The two of you need to agree on whether or not the hike is suitable for your current fitness level. We are a "group" hiking club; and as such, you are expected to hike at the pace of the group. Sorry, pets and children under 14 are not allowed on club hikes.

We look forward to seeing you on the trails! Please add the Meetup.com (https://www.meetup.com/) mobile app to your smart phone. This will allow you to immediately receive hiking notification changes.

Upcoming events (4+)

(VVSS) Cold Mountain, Shining Rock via Art Lobe and Little East Fork Loop

Must contact leader for clearance to hike.
Wilderness, limited to 10 hikers.

This is a loop hike from Camp Daniel Boone up the Art Loeb Trail to Deep Gap, then up to Cold Mountain. We return through Deep Gap and pick up the Art Lobe trail through the Narrows and Stairs Mountain to Shining Rock Gap then to Little East For, before returning to Camp Daniel Boone.
M: 15, EG: 3700, R: VVSS
Drive RT: 160 miles, $13.00, L: 10
Leader: Sarah Maldonado, [masked]
Co-Leader: Paul MacGregor,[masked]

Meet-up at University Square at 7:15 AM
or the Art Loeb/Cold Mountain Trailhead, 3647 Little East Fork Rd, Canton, NC 28716 trailhead by 9:15AM

(MS) Silver Steps to Dargan's Cascade via cold spring trail

Needs a location

DARGANS CASCADE Dargan’s Cascade is also known as “Silver Steps”.
We will start at the silver steps parking lot and pick up the tom Miller trail which connects to the parking lot For Raven cliff falls.Here we will pick up the cold spring trail And hike to Jones Gap trail. This is 2.3 Miles. We will hike back to silver springs parking lot which is an estimated 3.5 miles passing dargans cascade. If you are meeting at trail head,the parking lot is about a mile from Raven cliff falls parking lot on right side of road
Miles: 7 - 8
Leader: Susan Starkey

The Despeauxrados, (VS) Wednesday Very Strenuous Hikes -`

Needs a location


This group meets Wed at University Square Shopping Center. The hikes are scheduled 1 to 4 weeks in advance and target hikes which are 10 miles long and climb 2000 ft. We hike at approx. 2.5 MPH, faster or slower depending on terrain. Hike coordinators are Dale Hamann[masked] and Mark Parsons[masked] ( voice or text).
Carpooling will be available for those who have been vaccinated. All hikers should come prepared to drive to or meet at the trailhead.

Dean’s List Hike — Gorges State Park Waterfalls

Needs a location

We will hike the Rainbow Falls trail at gorgeous Gorges State Park. First we’ll meet at the University Ridge Shopping Center beside the McDonalds at 8:00 AM, and will carpool to the parking lot of the Visitors Center of Gorges State Park to make a comfort stop at the nearby restrooms. The Visitors Center, by the way, is very educational and would be worth a few minutes of our time to explore, should any wish to do so. We will then drive about a mile down the road to second parking lot, from which we will disembark. This is a 3.9 mile out and back trail with 770 feet of elevation gain. Along the way we will view three beautiful falls: Rainbow Falls, Turtle Back Falls and Stair Step Falls. We will luncheon at the foot of Stair Step Falls. In addition to the 3.9 mile trail we will also take a one mile out and back civilian trail (that is what the park ranger calls it) to another beautiful series of waterfalls. For those hikers, such as myself, who wish to swim at the foot of a beautiful water falls there will be more than one opportunity to do so. For those wishing to drive directly we will meet you at the Gorges State Park Visitors Center at 9:15.
M: 5, EG: 850, R: MS
Drive RT: 120 miles
Leader: Anthony Cicone,[masked]
Asst. Leader: Steve Root,[masked]

ATTENTION: All club hikes must observe specified guidelines, including a
maximum of 15 hikers (allowed number is the hike leader's discretion), no shuttle hikes, six feet separation among attendees and between other hikers, carpools discouraged, masks suggested but not mandated (not during the hike as much as gathering times and if needed in public restrooms), etc.
COVID-19 Notice (beginning 10/01/21):
To promote the safety of GNHA members and guests, we will follow this Public Health Guidance:

  1. Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms are excluded from hikes while sick.
  2. Individuals with a positive COVID-19 test, or have experienced COVID-19 symptoms, cannot return to Club hikes until it has been 14 days since they first had symptoms AND they have not had a fever for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) AND their other symptoms have improved.
  3. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 (but, did not have symptoms) cannot return to hikes until it has been 14 days since their first positive test, AND they continue to have no symptoms since that test.
  4. Individuals who have been in “close contact” (within 6 ft. for more than 15 minutes) with a sick person, should isolate and not return to Club hikes for at least 14 days after the last contact.


Hike Coordinators:
Jeff Zimmer, [masked],[masked]
Ron Blake, [masked],[masked]
Jim Snitker, [masked],[masked]
Steve Root, [masked],[masked]

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