What we're about

This group is for Charlotte area outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, walking, exploring NC nature, and making new friends. We are a network of people who are interested in meeting up for hikes in or around the Charlotte/Piedmont area.
Beginners to experienced trailblazers are very welcome.
Meetups are mostly held on weekends, but can be scheduled for anytime others want to participate.
This is a friendly, sociable, and diverse group of people who know how to enjoy the outdoors throughout the Carolinas.
Join us and lets get hiking!

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Dues for the group are $5 a year.  Dues may be paid to any hiking leader at an event or through our paypal link:  paypal.me/cphiking.  More info on what dues cover here: https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Charlotte/messages/boards/thread/51922255

  • The events and information posted on Hiking-Charlotte/Piedmont Areas are the exclusive property of this group and are NOT to be copied, posted, or otherwise used on any other Meetup or social media site.

  • All members take on the risks of hiking and will not hold Hiking-Charlotte/Piedmont Areas Meetup or the Organizers responsible for injury or other mishap.

Upcoming events (4+)

Four Mile Creek Walk - Brisk 5 Miles

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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.

We'll go from the meeting spot, 2.5 miles in (somewhat past Pike's Nurseries, to the 3.25 mile marker), then stop for a short break, turn around and head back. Roundtrip distance will be approximately 5 miles. There is almost no elevation. Optional gathering afterwards at Starbucks.

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 4 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.

Plan to arrive early since parking is limited. You may park on Bevington Pl. on the side across the greenway. There is also space at the adjacent greenway lot on the corner of Bevington Pl and Rea Road. And there may be some parking behind Trader Joe's.


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 toilets at the greenway parking lot in addition to a water fountain.

Dupont Forest Grassy Creek Falls, Wintergreen Falls - Moderate 6 miles 750ft

This hike is contingent on favorable weather.
The trailhead is about 2 hours from the Northlake area of Charlotte.

Let’s explore the less-traveled area of Dupont State Forest.
Our hike will visit Grassy Creek Falls and the Wintergreen Falls as well as the Thomas Cemetery. https://thelaurelofasheville.com/communities/history-feature-telling-the-tales-of-duponts-deceased/

This 6 mile loop is rated Moderate by the NPS and will include about 750 of elevation gain. This hike will be challenging for an unconditioned person. The terrain will involve steady and often steep inclines. https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/how-to-determine-hiking-difficulty.htm

The plan is to meet and leave from the “Guion Farm Parking Area” on Sky Valley Rd in Hendersonville NC at 10:00 AM. This location is in Google Maps & Waze. Be sure you enter this specific GPS location. My silver vehicle will display an American flag.

We will begin the hike promptly at 10:00 AM.

By signing up for my hiking events, you are acknowledging that you are fully capable of handling the physical requirements of the hike.

We will hike at a pace of around 2.5 miles per hour. Although we will try to hike as a group at this moderate pace, excessively fast or slow hikers will take sole responsibility for themselves in the event they become separated from the group. Each hiker should ALWAYS have a trail map available in the event they separate from the group or need to exit the hike early.

  • Participation will be limited so only sign up if you are committed to attend.
  • Cost: There is no entrance fee.
  • Gear: Bring your personal snacks and enough water as you require.
  • Pets: No pets. https://sbhikingnc.wixsite.com/home/pet-policies
  • Footwear: Hiking footwear is always recommended. Other options may not be suitable or safe. Always be prepared for stream crossings.
  • Clothing: Be aware of local weather conditions prior to your departure as it can be unpredictable. Light colored clothing is recommended and backup rain gear is always encouraged.
  • Restrooms: Always be prepared in the event they are not available.
  • Carpooling: Use the comment section below.
  • Guests are welcomed and by attending, they accept the Waiver of Liability.
  • Cancellations: If you need to cancel, be courteous to others and update your RSVP status as soon as possible. Don't be inconsiderate to those on the waitlist.


The organizer of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional hiking guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person and guest who attends a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own health and safety.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

This group, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in this event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

Your RSVP indicates release of liability as indicated in the TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY above.

Training Hike at Crowders - 5 Miles Moderately Strenuous

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Train For Elevation:
Looking to keep you trail legs in shape or improve your elevation speed on strenuous hikes? Join us at Crowders Mountain State Park for a 5.25 mile hike with ~1,500 of total elevation gain.

You can find me at the picnic table near the restroom around 7:50am.

If you can, please join us afterward for coffee & breakfast at Grits N Greens Southern Cuisine in Lowell.

We'll hike from the Linwood Road parking lot up the Backside Trail with it's 330+ steps at the top which gains ~650 feet in 0.8 miles and then back down the steps on the same trail. At the bottom, we'll turn right at the trail head fork and hike back up using the 1.8 mile Tower Trail, then down the same trail. This is slightly different from what we used to do - same trails, just different sequence.

Be prepared for lots of gravel, wood steps and occasional jagged rocks.

This is intended to be a training hike so moving rather quickly (2+ MPH), but will stop at the top both times to catch our breath & enjoy the view.

Bring water and a snack (if desired)

Water Fountain/Bathrooms:
Located at the trailhead in the parking lot.

Optional to Bring:
A weighted backpack (to train for backpacking), trekking poles.


Your host's function is only to organize this event. Check with your doctor if you are unsure about doing this exercise. It should not be assumed that leaders are certified in CPR or personal training. Any advice is from the host's experience as a fellow hiker/backpacker.

The Ruck - Backpacker Training 5 Miles

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Featured in Ballantyne Magazine: https://tinyurl.com/yy6bxx4v

Quick Overview:

• Difficulty - Moderately Strenuous
• Bring a pack made for 30+ lbs
• Women Carry 10 lbs to try
• Men Carry 15 lbs to try
• In a month carry 20/30+ lbs
• Stay to the right


What is a Ruck?
It is moving while carrying resistance in a weighted pack. Our version is modified for backpackers.

What is Backpacking?
It is a longer hike where you carry your gear and spend the night on the trail. Backpackers carry 25+ lbs in their pack for an overnight trip.

Why Train for Backpacking?
We aim to strengthen our muscles involved in carrying our backpacks. It makes overnight trips are safer and easier.

Can I just try it out? Only go half way?
Do I have to increase pack weight?
Please join us only if you plan on doing the exercise as described.

What else compliments this training?
Consider slowly increasing the elevation, speed and difficulty of hikes. Weight training and cardio can also help.


Difficulty - Moderately Strenuous:
Our pace is around 17 min. per mile. Make sure you can do this pace with weight. This is not a casual or easy level event.

Use Proper Backpacks:
It's recommended that you get a USED large multi-day backpack (3-5 days) for this event. Men may find the Gregory Baltoro 65* and Osprey Aether AG 70* models readily available used. Budget $100-$150 for these packs. Women might prefer the Granite Gear x60 used for around $100. The X60 has both a unisex and women's fit version.


*This is not the same pack you might want for 1-3 day trips with our group. Please see me for suggestions.

**Book bags or daypacks can cause lots of discomfort if they loaded with over 20+ lbs. If you are feeling discomfort let us know. Issues can usually be resolved.

Load it With at Least 10-15 lbs to Start:
Women should shoot for 10 and men 15 lbs to start. Try sandbags for weight with a filler at the bottom like towels.

Build up to 20+/30+ lbs Within a Month:
Men should be able to carry 30+ lbs and women at least 20 lbs. We weigh your pack weekly.


Boardwalks, asphalt and concrete. On occasion there will be loose planks, mud and puddles. The trail is also not lighted in the evening. Plan accordingly.

Stay to the Right on the Greenway:
Watch out for runners and bikers on the left. Try to stay within the host's sight during the Ruck. If not, it's your responsibility to make it back to our exit at mile marker 3.5.

Well Behaved Dogs:
Allowed for regulars. Park Rules: they must stay to the far right.

No guests, they have to sign up like everyone else.

Other Recommended Gear:
Blue/Green Superfeet insoles, flashlight, rain jacket, and your phone. Fish or luggage scales work great to weigh your pack at home.

Recommended Backpacker Links:
https://sectionhiker.com, https://www.outdoorgearlab.com, https://caltopo.com, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC27nqmEhKzD9YHK1IFwG7qA


Other Questions?
Any other issues please send me a DM - Alex.

Your host's function is only to organize this event. Check with your doctor if you are unsure about doing this exercise. It should not be assumed that organizers are certified in CPR or personal training. Any advice is from the host's experience as a fellow hiker/backpacker.

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