We're looking for newcomers to Western North Carolina who are both awed by the Southern Appalachians' majestic beauty and perhaps a tad intimidated by trying to hike them. Group hikes can be a great way to meet other hikers and learn the region's trails, but it has to be the right group. GetHiking! takes a beginner-friendly approach by leading all hikes from the rear, guaranteeing that no hiker is left behind. We ago over the route of each hike at the trailhead (and give out maps for trails that may be especially tricky): faster, more experienced hikers can go ahead and hike their own pace, the rest of us — leader included — take a more leisurely approach to exploring the trail. Our hikes work for both new and experienced hikers alike.