What we're about

Founded in 1968, Greenville Natural History Association (GNHA) is a non-profit volunteer-run hiking club which welcomes newcomers to join us on the trails. You will enjoy the best that nature can "serve up" as the trails will take you through land protected by our state and federal parks and nature preserves. We offer lots of hikes on the Foothills and Palmetto trails. Most of our events are "day hikes" with several weekend trips each year. We specialize in hikes that challenge all skill levels and fullfills the various interests of our hikers. Our membership includes families, married couples and singles of all ages. We are a "leave no trace" group that teaches conservation and respect for our forests, mountains, and wet lands. Our club has lots of active hikers of all ability levels.

We have decided to use this on-line platform as a way to bring our hiking activities to the attention of the "Meetup World." We welcome you to join GNHA Hiking Club with a temporary "Guest Hiker" membership. We encourage you to post your "Meetup Name" using your real first and last name ; however, for those of you with privacy concerns, you may use your first name and the first letter of your last name. As a dues-paying club, we must reconcile membership records each year.

If you are a new to our group, please click on www.greenvillehiking.com and review our main club website. Here you will find an expanded explanation of our club's dues and membership policy, hiking procedures, hike rating system and other "must read" information. Our dues are $5.00 per year. You can pay dues online via Paypal or debit/credit card at http://www.greenvillehiking.com . Those folks joining after Oct 1st are paid through the following year.

We know many of our hikes are not suitable for the fitness ability level of most new hikers. Before you RSVP for your first hike, you are encouraged to call the hike leader to gain a better understanding of the hike and the leader's walking pace. The two of you must 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.

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Upcoming events (5)

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

University Square Shopping Center

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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.

(M-MS) and (E-M) Wednesday Moderate Pace Shorter Hikes

University Square Shopping Center

Do not RSVP from this Meetup site!!! You will not be on the hiking list if you do.
Please contact GNHA at greenvillehiking.com to become a member of this group. After joining GNHA then email the coordinator to be added to the email list. (this is a bit confusing since we have remained an email list because of our older non-tech savy group, but the membership is also required to join the email)

PLEASE READ ALL THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY BEFORE CONTACTING LYNN!

Again, do not RSVP for the weekly hike from Meetup, it is not monitored for hikers. Only RSVP is from the weekly email you will be sent.

This is a regular Meetup for GNHA Wednesday Slower Paced Hikes. This group of hikers are typically the more senior members of our club.

The description of hikes is posted BY EMAIL ONLY, at 12PM on the Saturday prior to the Wednesday hike.

The M-MS hike group will consist of hikes ranging from 5-8 miles,[masked] feet elevation gain, and a pace of 2 miles per hour. We will stop for clothing adjustments (stripping off layers) and water breaks, but not as frequent as the E-M group (described below). Typically, the group will stop for a lunch break on the trail or sometimes on the way back to Greenville. If we plan to stop on the way back it will be a hike close to home and will be announced in the write up.

The E-M level hiking group will consist of a 3-5 mile hike with a 1-1 1/2 mile an hour pace and usually no more than 500' EG. With more frequent stops to catch your breath. We are offering this as an alternative to those who are starting to think M-MS is becoming too difficult, are new to hiking and want to try it out or maybe coming back from an injury and need a soft place to start to 'come back into the fold'.

When you contact me I WILL AUTOMATICALLY ADD YOU TO THE M-MS LIST. This list is the main list with announcements for the group as well. If you would like to be added to the E-M list as well please let me know that. I do not make that an automatic add.

PLEASE!!!! IF YOU DO NOT KNOW YOUR HIKING ABILITY FOR THESE HIKES, CONTACT THE COORDINATOR. WE WANT YOU TO GET IN THE GROUP FOR YOUR CORRECT LEVEL OF FITNESS.

Bring water, lunch and wear suitable clothing, meds if needed and especially sturdy footwear. See "Lets Hike" at http://www.greenvillehiking.com for details on what to bring. You will also be asked to sign a liability for which also requires an emergency contact so have that handy.

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE INFORMATION REQUIRED BELOW!

Once you have become a member you will contact me at the below email with the following:
YOUR FULL CONTACT INFORMATION:
1. ADDRESS
2. PHONE
3. EMERGENCY CONTACT

Additional information will then be sent to you with more details about the group.

AGAIN....DO NOT RESPOND ON THIS MEETUP SITE AS IT IS NOT MONITORED. Please email me at the email below.

BELOW IS THE CONTACT INFORMATION for the hike coordinator.

Hike Coordinator: Lynn Coleman... [masked]

(MS) WED. "DEAN'S LIST" - PINK BEDS - PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST.

Pink Beds Trail Loop

ATTENTION: HIKERS ART REQUIRED TO ADHERE TO ALL ESTABLISHED COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS.
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HIKE DESCRIPTION: D R A F T

(MS) PINK BEDS WITH A TWIST, PISGAH NF

This hike will start at the Pink Beds parking area on Hwy 276 - about 9 miles past the Visitors Center and 1 mile past the Cradle Of Forestry.

Please arrive at the trailhead in time for a 10:00 AM hike departure.

We will hike the Pink Beds Loop in a figure-8 pattern, but the pattern will be interrupted by an in-and-out spur along the South Fork Of The Mills River to the Wolf Ford Gauging Station and a campsite where we will have lunch.

This is a beautiful natural area featuring, rare mountain bogs, very large pines, many wildflowers & mushrooms (in season), blankets of fern, log footbridges, boardwalks and a few rock-hopping creek crossings. There will plenty of muddy spots, especially if there is recent rain, but that same rain will charge up the river and the feeder streams so we can enjoy them even more. Guaranteed good time.

Pace will be moderate and we will all have time to enjoy the hike and take pictures.

Leaders: Ron and Sharon Blake
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Cell:[masked]
Miles: 8; EG: 300 ft R: MS
RT miles: 120/$10
Limit: 12
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Details
Each hiker should arrive at the trailhead at specified time, with water, lunch, snacks, hat, hiking boots, sunscreen, camera, etc. See "Lets Hike" at https://www.greenvillehiking.com for more details on what to expect.

Please contact one of the hike coordinators if you have not hiked before with this Wednesday group, at least one day prior to the hike for final verification.

Hike Coordinators:
Jeff Zimmer, [masked],[masked]
Ron Blake, [masked],[masked]

(S) BAD CREEK TO THOMPSON RIVER

Bad Creek Hydro

From the parking lot at the Bad Creek access parking lot, we will cross the Whitewater River and hike a well-defined trail to the Thompson River where we will lunch. Frequent ups & downs contribute to the strenuous rating. A beautiful hike in any season. Swimming possibilities available at Thompson River!

M: 8, EG: 1400, R: S

Leader: Elizabeth Brown,[masked]

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