Maybe our maps no longer include large tracts of land marked “terra incognita” or “dragons be here,” but does that mean there are no true adventures left to be had?
Last year, we launched our Winter Wild series of monthly Saturday adventures intended to take you on new adventures to the places you love to hike — and perhaps thought you knew well. This year, we're back, with brand new adventures. We take you down the trail, briefly, then off, to explore new terrain at the places you may have thought you knew well.
We realize that everyone can make the time for all five hikes. We recognize, too, that some people may only be interested in exploring a certain place or two. That being the case, every Friday before a Winter Wild adventure, we open up whatever slots remain open (the hike is limited to 12) for that hike. For our first adventure Saturday, Nov. 23, in the Eno Backcountry, we have four spots remaining. About Saturday's hike:
Much of this hike is in the Eno Wilderness, an 820-acre tract added to Eno River State Park in the mid-2000s. Alas, poor timing in the form of the 2008 Great Recession left N.C. State Parks cash-strapped: even today, the area is yet to be developed with official trails. But several old dirt roadbeds survive: we'll link together several of them, along with some off-trail hiking, for our 5.5-mile journey.
Upon signing up, you'll be sent an eguide for this trip, including background on the land, a custom map of the area and the general route we'll be taking. It's an especially good adventure for hikers interested in becoming more comfortable exploring off-trail in the woods. We'll top the highest peaks in the park on this trip and pass through a secluded beech floodplain.