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Please Read all Details: This hike is rated moderate. You should be comfortable walking six miles in hilly terrain. Wear hiking boots, and layers of cloths to adapt to climate changes. Bring plenty of water and food. You are responsible for your own safety. We will leave promptly at 1030 am. There are no RESTROOMS. Our plan is to be back to the parking lot at 130 pm, but this is not guarantee. If you have other plans after the hike that require you to be back in a guaranteed time I would not attend this hike :-) We will meet at the Fawn Lake Access Area ( 3051 Reasonover Rd, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718) and hike to Bridal Veil Falls It's a 2.3-mile hike (so 4.6 miles roundtrip) to one of the biggest waterfalls at DuPont. We will explore a lesser known area of DuPont State Recreational Forest with this four+ mile roundtrip hike with rolling hills. Hike wooded trails to beautiful secluded lakes and a surprise airstrip with a great mountain view. Parking is at the Fawn Lake parking area. This quieter side of the forest is primitive, so there are no restrooms or visitor center. Bring water and snacks. Our first stop is beautiful Fawn Lake, a small reservoir with a gazebo and boardwalk. The next stop is the paved airstrip hidden in the middle of the forest, "The Summit", elevation 2,800 feet. It was built by a previous owner in 1970s and later used by DuPont executives when they purchased the land for their plant. Today, it's only used for occasional training for the Forest Service pilots and military helicopters. From here to Bridal Falls. We will spend some time here rock hoping here Next stop Julia lake. then we head back the way we came to the parking area. If there is an interest, perhaps some us will do some additional hiking. PS I will also throw my mountain bike on the back of car. Just in case.
Friday promises to be sunny and mild, so this is for those who can get away during the lunch hour for a brisk walk. And anyone else who'd like to get out and enjoy the sunshine! I will keep it to one hour. This is a paved linear (out and back) trail. Although I'm calling it 'easy' there are a few up and down hills for you to consider. So if you're prone to get winded, this may not be for you. We will start at Tyvola Road, take in Little Hope Creek as it cascades down rocks towards Little Sugar Creek, then head south to Park Road Park. There we will walk around Duck Pond Lake, then return to the parking lot, for a total of 3 miles. We will practice social distancing during this hike. Masks optional. With attending this event you are agreeing that you attend at your own risk and Charlotte Piedmont Hiking Club will not be liable for any injuries or mishaps. No restrooms open so please take care of business before coming. Bring water and wear good walking shoes. Dogs on 6 foot leash welcome, but please bring scoop bag. Shoot for 12:50, we’ll start walking at 1pm. 2524 Tyvola Road Charlotte, NC 28210 We will meet at the trailhead.
Covid: - Masks optional (Exemptions via Gov. Cooper include strenuous exercise and medical conditions) - Social distancing encouraged We'll gather at the trailhead on Rea Road near Piper Glen, at the end of the greenway parking lot (where the colorful outdoor chairs are). From there it's a gentle walk on a combination of concrete and wooden boardwalks. Route: We'll go from the 1.75 mile marker, to the end of the trail near Pike's Nurseries, then stop for a short break, turn around and head back. Roundtrip distance will be approximately 5 miles. There is almost no elevation. Notable Wildlife: Barred Owls, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Pileated Woodpecker, Frogs, Red-tailed Hawk, Deer and on rare occasions Beaver. Park Rules: Walkers must stay to the right and center of the trail. Dogs are allowed if they are well behaved and stay to the far right. Beware of bikers and runners on the left side. Difficulty and Pace: Make sure you are able to walk a brisk 5 miles at a 3 mph pace without taking multiple breaks or shortness of breath. If you are unsure please check with a doctor. ------------ Meet at trailhead across from Starbucks (near Trader Joe's): We meet across from the Starbucks at 6432 Rea Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277, corner of Rea Road and Bevington Place. There is another Starbucks off Rea Road in Stonecrest which is not the one you want. Look for us gathered where the colorful chairs are at end of greenway parking lot. Parking: You may park on Bevington Pl. on the side across the greenway. There is also space at the Starbucks or adjacent greenway lot on the corner of Bevington Pl and Rea Road. ------------ Directions: From the center of uptown Charlotte take East 3rd Street til it turns into Providence Road. After 1 mile turn left to stay on Providence Road then continue for about 6 miles til you intersect Rea Road. Turn Right on Rea Road and then after 2 miles take a left to stay on it. You'll cross over Pineville Matthews Road and pass a big pink Calvary church on your right. Next traffic light you'll turn right and see the parking option ahead. Bathrooms/ Water: There are portable toilets at the greenway parking lot in addition to a water fountain. But you may prefer Starbucks or Trader Joe's.
Frank Liske Park now closes at 5:00 PM for the winter but we can still plan on walking each week. We will leave the meetup location PROMPTLY at 3:00 PM. This walk is more for cardio than leisure so we will walk at a pretty brisk pace. Participation will be limited so please only sign up if you are committed to attend. ============ Plan to arrive a few minutes early at the parking lot adjacent to the W.O. Barnhardt shelter. After entering the park and crossing the railroad tracks, take 2nd left then the 1st parking lot on the left. I will be in a vehicle displaying an American flag. We will begin walking promptly at 3:00. This event is a great way to meet other hikers as well as familiarize yourself with the Charlotte Piedmont Hiking Club. • Make sure you are able to walk at a steady pace without taking multiple breaks or experience shortness of breath. • Bring your own hydration requirements. Drinking water is not available at the park. • No pets. If you want to enhance your workout, feel free to carry a weighted backpack. Carrying extra weight can increase your cardio workout, burn extra calories (up to 3 times more than just walking), and provide strength training to your back, legs, and core. https://jockandjackal.com/9-healthy-benefits-of-rucking/ ============ If you've enjoyed these walks, and have not yet made your 2020 donation to the Charlotte Piedmont Hiking Club, please consider doing so as Meetup does charge for the use of their site. Reference the link below for more info. To make it easier for you, you many bring me your voluntary cash donation and I will forward to the club organizer. https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Charlotte/messages/boards/thread/51922255 ============ TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY I fully realize that this activity involves a risk of personal injury, property damage, or loss of my person or property. I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and same for persons with whom are in my party, waive and release any claims or rights against Hiking - Charlotte/ Piedmont Areas group, all of its owners and coordinators for any and all injury, damages or loss to my person or property incurred during this activity. I also understand that organizers are not required, nor should it be assumed that they are CPR/First Aid/Wilderness Survival Certified and I am responsible for my own personal safety. Your RSVP indicates release of liability as indicated in the TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY above. https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Charlotte/messages/boards/thread/51922255