What we're about

This group is for people that like to have fun and adventure in the great outdoors; hiking in the foothills and mountains, camping, funyaking on the French Broad, whitewater rafting on the Nolichucky, biking the Virginia Creeper, outdoor live music, backpacking, spelunking and more. The hikes I lead will be rated either "Moderate", "Difficult" or "Strenuous" and most are what I would call aerobic hiking, but with lots of short stops to appreciate what Mother Nature has to show us! I'm open to others leading easier hikes and making suggestions. An example of "Moderate" would be the Lake Norman State Park "Lake Shore Trail" with one rest/food stop in the middle and some short water breaks etc. I've had several Red Cross first aid courses over the years, including the outdoor trauma course. JOIN US FOR SOME FUN!

If you have an idea then post it or send me a message!

1. No discussing or wearing of anything political or governmental will be tolerated
2. No physical of mental abuse will be tolerated
3. No showing multiple times - please cancel at least 1 hour before the meet time
4. No activity for 6 months

Upcoming events (4+)

Christmas Tree Drop 2022 #2 - Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationist

Queen's Landing Boat Ramp

Saturday January 29th, 10 AM - 4 PM is our next and potentially final Christmas Tree drop volunteer day.

Signup link is below:

If you have a utility or fishing boat we could use, it would be greatly appreciated. Let us know!

What to bring: Work gloves, boots, and warm clothes. LNWC will provide life jackets for everyone however feel free to bring your own if you prefer.


Blowing Rock Art & History Museum


I've checked multiple websites and the high in Blowing Rock Saturday is forecast to be high teens to low 20's. I'm still going as long as others are interested. I plan to park at the Methodist Church, 1314 Main St. From there I'll start at the Art & History not far away, 159 Ginny Stevens Ln.

Celebrate the fun side of winter in Blowing Rock! Enjoy signature events like the Polar Bear Plunge, Ice Sculpture Stroll, WinterFest Beer Garden, the Chili Challenge, and more! See details at the official website:


Saturday, Jan. 29th
‌Polar Plunge at Chetola Resort
@ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Shop Til You Drop
Thursday, January 27@ 10:00am - Sunday, January 30@ 5:00pm
WinterFest Ice Stroll
@ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Storyland at BRAHM
@ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
BRAHM Free Admission
@ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Silent Auction & Raffle
@ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
@ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ice Carving Demonstrations
@ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WinterFest Beer Garden
@ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Ice Carving Demonstrations
January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Memorial Park Blowing Rock, United States + Google Map
Artisan Ice Sculptures has again joined forces with Blowing Rock WinterFest to bring you the best ice carving event you've seen in quite a while - at least since last year! Come by Memorial Park from noon until 4pm to see what the Artisan Ice team is creating.

Charity Chili Challenge
January 29 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
This year the Charity Chili Challenge is taking place all over town! Participating restaurants will be serving their special chili on Saturday, January 29th and donating a portion of the proceeds to local nonprofits!“People’s Choice Award” will go to the restaurant who raised the most money on 1/29“Judges Pick” will be awarded to the restaurant by secret tasting panel of celebrity judges.Timberlake’s Restaurant – High Country CaregiversBlowing Rock Ale House – BRAHMGideon Ridge – Mountain AllianceBistro Roca – Watauga Humane SocietyHellbender Bed & Beverage – Blue Ridge ConservancyThe Speckled Trout Restaurant – Hunger & Health CoalitionCafe Violette – Blue Ridge Women in AgricultureFoggy Rock Restaurant – Hospitality HouseSponsored by The Spice & Tea Exchange

Blowing Rock Market Oyster Roast
January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Blowing Rock Market, 990 Main Street
Blowing Rock, NC 28605 United States
Stop by the Blowing Rock Market on Saturday, January 29th from 12:00pm - 3:00pm for their WinterFest Oyster Roast.

Knife Making Demo at McCoy Minerals
January 29 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
McCoy Minerals, 537 Main Street
Blowing Rock, NC 28605 United States
Come out and watch The Stonedsmiths make custom railroad spike knives on Saturday, January 29th from 11am - 4pm at McCoy Minerals.

Curling with Charlotte Curing Association
January 29 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blowing Rock School, 165 Morris Street
Blowing Rock, 28605 United States
Enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the most watched Winter Olympic sporting event....Curling! Members of the Charlotte Curling Association will set up a demonstration in the Blowing Rock School Gym. Patrons will be given the opportunity to learn more about curling and give it their best shot. Learn more about the Charlotte Curling

Carpool will leave from in front of Langtree Apts building 143 at 9:30 AM. 143 Village View Dr Mooresville. Le me know if you're coming to Langtree or meeting us there.

Walk MS: Kannapolis 2022 - Lake Norman Walks - Activity Afterwards TBD

David H. Murdock Research Institute


Register for Walk MS: Kannapolis by Monday, Jan. 31 to earn 50 points and to reunite with this passionate community under the orange arch for a celebration to remember!

Walk MS Rewards lets you earn points to redeem for exclusive Walk MS swag. What kind of swag? We’re talking CamelBak water bottles, yoga mats, Apple AirPods and more! You also have the flexibility to redeem your points whenever to mix and match your prizes.

1 to 3 miles

Walk MS: Kannapolis April 2
Together We Are Stronger.


Only service animals are welcome at this Walk MS event.

Loch Norman Highland Games at Historic Rural Hill

Historic Rural Hill Farm

More information and a ticket link when it becomes available.


The Loch Norman Highland Games at Rural Hill is a family friendly event presented by Historic Rural Hill. Come and experience all the fun with Highland Dancing, Bagpipe Bands, Highland Athletics, a Giant Kid's Zone, Scottish Merchants, Haggis, Celtic Rock and Traditional Performers, Historic Reenactments, Scottish Country Dancing, Sunday Church Service, Hearth Cooking, NC Beer and Wine, Whiskey Tastings, Kilted Running Events, Scottish Clan Societies, Shoot Long Bows and Blowguns, Throw a Battle Axe and so much more!


Time Event
7:30 Piping and Drumming registration begins
8:00 Field opens - Registration for Amateur Scottish Athletic events (at Heavy Athletics Tent)
Piping & Drumming competition begins
8:30 Highland Dancing competition begins
9:00 Registration for Battle Axe competition
9:30 Professional, “A” Amateur, and Women’s Heavy Athletic Competitions begin
Presentation of the Honored Guests with the Loch Norman Pipe Band, Scottish American Military Society Post #1775 and the 78th Fraser Highlanders (on the Main Field)
Celtic entertainment begins (Celtic Music Tent)
11:00 The Scottish Country Dancing Tent opens with dancing until 3:00 pm
Carolinas Open Premier Highland Dancing competition begins
Kilt Dedication (at Clan Henderson Tent)
12:00 Heavy Stone Lift & Carry (on the Main Field)
Massed Pipe Bands performance (on the Main Field)
12:30 Flag Retirement Ceremony (on the Main Field)
1:30 Pipe Band Competition
Shepherding demonstration (on Main Field)
Long Bow competition (Historic Encampment)
Scottish Whisky Seminar (in Cultural Center)*
1:45 Registration closes for Amateur Wrestling
2:00 Amateur Wrestling competition (on Main Field)
Women’s Battle Axe competition
3:00 Men’s Battle Axe competition
3:30 Tug-of-War begins on the Athletic Field
Whiskies of the World (in the Cultural Center)*


Time Event
8:00 Registration for Amateur Heavy Athletics at the Heavy Athletics Tent
9:00 Qualifying for Amateur Heavy Athletics begins
Registration for Kilted Mile at the Athletic Tent
Worship service at the Rural Hill Burying Ground (In Cultural Center in event of rain)
Highland Dancing competition begins
10:00 Practice throws at Battle Axe until 11:30
10:30 Celtic entertainment begins (Celtic Music Tent)
11:00 Best Clan Tent Award
12:00 The Parade of Tartans and Massed Band Performance
Scottish Country Dancing tent opens with demonstrations and instructions
12:30 Amateur Scottish Athletic Competition
1:00 Kilted Races (on the Main Field)
1:30 Shepherding demonstration (on Main Field)
Scotch Whisky Seminar (in Cultural Center)*
2:30 Challenge Match at Battle Axe (entry fee required)
3:00 Flag Retirement Ceremony (on the Main Field)
4:00 Presentation of Awards at Reviewing Stand
4:30 Closing Ceremonies at the Cairn
6:00 Volunteer Muster**

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Poston Park Mountain Bike Trails Hike In The Sunshine

George Poston Park

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