The number of trails in Western NC seems unlimited. There are tons of trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway alone, let's explore them all. Let's get together for some fun hiking and trail workouts in various locations around the Asheville area. Most trail heads have small, limited parking space. I'd like to keep the groups small, around 5 to 8 people. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash and are well behaved hiking dogs. Also be sure the trail we are heading to allows your canine friend to come along.
I have been hiking, camping, cycling and almost anything outdoors since I was a kid. Just looking for some people with a common interest to get together and enjoy this incredibly wonderful area.
Trail running is another favorite that I started doing just 2 or 3 years ago. Some events will be for this favorite activity. Runs will be at a pace that we can all stick to and at least keep each other in sight. Sometimes it turns into run/hike/run, depending on the terrain and trail conditions.
This year I started riding a lot of gravel forest service roads and trails on my gravel bike. Super fun and away from traffic. I will also have gravel bike rides posted occasionally.
A little about me and my experience. I have been an endurance athlete since I was in my early 20s. Many years later I still carry a really strong fitness level and can hang with 99% of other people. Most hikes rated as 'hard' are easy to moderate for me. When I plan a hike I will look at the trail rating on the AllTrails website. I will note if hikes are planned as easy, moderate, hard, etc. Easy hikes will be planned as slow as/if needed to accommodate less fit hikers. Moderate, expect a bit quicker pace, but we will still all be within sight and regroup as needed. Anything listed as 'hard' you should expect a tough, sweaty hike/workout and be fit enough to stay with the group. If my intent is to get together a very fit group to make it a fitness building, truly very hard hike, I will be detailed in the hike description.
Be sure to bring food and water and any clothing necessary for the weather conditions for that day. Mountain weather can be unpredictable and change in a matter of minutes. Be smart, be safe.
Hope to meet you and have a great time!
Here are a few links to articles on getting fit for hiking.