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For the past several months, GNHA Hiking Club has suspended all group hiking activities due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. That said, the club will re-start group hiking activities in June with restrictions on carpooling and reduced limits on the number of hikers allowed on club hikes. Please read on ...

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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Hey Wednesday hikers, What a treat this week to restart our Dean's List hikes! A choice of 4 different hikes for y'all to choose from. Please contact the leader of the hike you would like to join in with for availability and any other specifics. 1 -Ron and Sharon Blake, (MS) Ashmore Heritage Preserve, 7 miles, 1150 EG, 6 hikers total Ashmore Heritage Preserve starting at the Persimmon Ridge Road Trailhead. Mountain Bridge Passage to Upper Gap; return on MBP, hike around Lake Wattacoo. Pretty hike all the way. Moderate pace at 2 MPH. Meet at trailhead at 9:00 AM. Text or email for specifics and to register: [masked] or[masked]. 2 - Jeff and Martine (S) Dargans Cascade, 8.5 miles, 1500 EG, 6 hikers total At Jones Gap State Park, we will hike along the Middle Saluda River to this beautiful cascade Meet at Jones Gap at 9:00am . Text or email for specifics and to register: [masked] or[masked] - Dale Wiggins (VS) East Fork Trail, Pisgah, 7.8 miles, 1700 EG, 10 hikers total Hike along the Pigeon River in the Shining Rock Wilderness. Meet at Pisgah Ranger Station at 9:30am. Text or email for specifics and to register: [masked] or[masked]. 4 - Elizabeth Brown (S) Blue Wall Passage, 8 miles, 1600 EG, 5 hikers total We will hike past the twin ponds where we'll see a great view of Vaughn's Gap, our destination. There are several water crossings and a waterfall along the way. Meet at trailhead at 9am. Text or email for specifics and to register: [masked] or[masked] *********************** Hello Friends, What a long, strange trip it's been! We have been in touch and are planning to resume our Wednesday Hikes on May 27. These will not be like our regular Wednesday hikes. We are limiting numbers per how many people the leader feels comfortable leading (between 5 and 8 people is suggested) and not offering carpooling (though a few hikers might choose to do that on their own). As possible, we hope to offer 2 or 3 hikes a week. RSVP's will not open up until the weekend before. Also, the meet up site will temporarily not be at University Square. When the hike location is determined, the leader will give participants the trailhead address and time to meet. We encourage all participants to have a face mask, buff, bandana, etc. to use during group time and when passing others on the trail. We also welcome anyone else to offer to take their own small group on an adventure. Anyone comfortable with doing this is much welcome. Please reply back or contact one of us and we can help set this up for you. Also, because of limited availability, we are asking only GNHA members register for hikes until at least the end of June. Please reach out to us, also, with concerns or questions. We will figure this out as we go. We look forward to seeing everyone soon. Jeff, Ron and Elizabeth 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] Elizabeth Brown, [masked],[masked] Ron Blake, [masked],[masked]

(VVS) Big East Fork to Grassy Cove - Cliff Williams

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VVS hike, Saturday, May 30 Big East Fork to Greasy Cove to Art Loeb to Grassy Cove Top with a return via Shining Creek Path. 11.5 miles, 2887’ elevation gain Meet at the Big East Fork Trailhead @ 9:00 AM Leader: Cliff Williams,[masked] https://www.google.com/maps/place/Big+East+Fork+Pisgah/@35.3645824,-82.8193771,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x885998b25b1b8f99:0x482e64bd29db3512!8m2!3d35.364578!4d-82.8171884


Fatz Cafe (closed) - Marion, NC

**Note, this hike will observe the GNHA Guidelines for social distancing: a max of 10 hikers, no shuttle hikes, six feet of separation, and carpools discouraged. ** Winter Star (6212') is an exciting, high-elevation hike with a climb over 3000 ft. up the Colbert Ridge Trail to Deep Gap, and then the Black Mountain Crest Trail to the summit. From there we will continue along the rugged crest to an open, rocky area with outstanding views. We will enjoy gorgeous views of the Blacks, South Toe River valley, the Roans, Linville Gorge, and Grandfather Mtn. This hike is rugged, and more difficult than the stats imply. If you have not hiked with me before this, you must contact me to discuss before you hike. We will meet near the closed Fatz Cafe in Marion, NC and then caravan the rest of the way to the trailhead. There is not a large parking area, which is the primary reason to limit this to 5 hikers. M: 12, EG: 4,000 ft, Rating: VVS, Drive RT: 200 Hike Leader: Jerry Ellsworth[masked] [masked]


Table Rock State Park

Starting at Nature Center, the hike follows the Pinnacle Mountain/Foothills Trail to the Bald Knob Overlook for breathtaking views for our lunch break. After lunch we will backtrack to our cars. M: 7, EG: 1800, R: S Parking Pass or Fee Required Elizabeth Brown[masked]

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