What we're about

Welcome to the Johnston County Hiking and Outing Group (or JoCoHOG). Not too fast, not too slow and not too far is the motto for most of our activities. Like many of you, travelling a far distance for a hike or activity can be difficult so the goal will be to keep things centrally located within 30 minutes of Johnston County. However, that doesn't mean we may not venture out further every once in a while! Most of the hikes will be 4-6 miles at a comfortable pace so that we can socialize and enjoy our surroundings and nature. Sometimes special outings will be combined with a hike and then perhaps lunch/dinner, chocolate shop, coffee shops etc.

General Rules & Policies of the Johnston County Hiking and Outing Group:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older to join the group.
  • Tolerance and inclusiveness – if you can have the conversation then do – if you cannot then don’t. All members are welcome and wanted.
  • Be respectful of member’s personal boundaries and privacy.
  • Conduct Policy: All members will be treated with respect without fear of threatening or harassing behavior of any kind, sexual or otherwise. Such behavior should be immediately reported to the group leader. This type of behavior will result in immediate expulsion from the group.
  • Attendance Policy - If you RSVP that you are attending, please be polite and show up. If you find out that you cannot attend, please change your RSVP at least 24 hour in advance to give someone else an opportunity to attend and/or notify the leader. Activities listed as "Special Events" may require a minimum 48 hours notice. If a member chooses to ignore this policy a message will be sent to them as a polite reminder. If it continues to happen, the member will be removed from the group.
  • Illness Policy – Please refrain from attending hikes if you are sick or recovering or have symptoms from anything that has the potential to be contagious to other members – EX., COVID, Flu, Cold etc.
  • COVID-19 Policy - If you have Covid-19 symptoms or have tested positive please refrain from attending any hikes for at least 2 weeks and your symptoms have resolved. If you have been in close contact with someone who is infected or exposed, please do not attend any activities until you have been cleared.
  • Your profile MUST include a photo that clearly shows your face and your profile name needs to be YOUR name. This is for the safety of our members. Failure to do this will result in removal from the group.
  • Some events may have costs associated with them. These will be clearly indicated on the event description.
  • Not all events will be open to dogs or children. Those that are kid- and/or dog-friendly will be clearly identified.
  • There will be times when for the safety or overall well-being of the group that the decision is made to ban a member. This is not something that is taken lightly. However, it will be done if behavior is witnessed or confirmed that is deemed detrimental to our members’ safety. Banned members are not permitted to be a guest on any group activities.
  • Member Roster - The member roster will be updated each quarter to keep active members status up to date. If a member has not visited the group page in 6 months they will receive a message that their name is being removed. However, a member is always welcome to rejoin at any time.

Liability Waiver
Participation in any activity with Johnston County Hiking and Outing Group is at your own risk. To the fullest extent allowed by law, you waive any claims against, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless Johnston County Hiking and Outing Group, it's organizers, affiliates, employees, officers, directors, and contractors, from all claims of liability of every type (including court costs and legal fees) for injury or death to any person or for damage to property arising out of or relating to your participation as a member. This agreement applies to you and any other party who may accompany you in these endeavors.

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NEW PLACE - Let's Hike at Forest Ridge Park

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Let's Hike Yates Mill Park & Howling Cow Ice Cream

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Let's Hike the N. C. Museum of Art

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LADIES ONLY - Hike Parrish Womble Park - Bass Lake Loop

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Bootlegger Trail & Capital Area Greenway

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