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CANCELLED due to cold, wet weather. Sorry!
• What we'll do We tried to do this one in the fall, but had to cancel when Mother Nature decided to wash out the parking lot and the park had to be closed for repairs. But it's now open for business, and we will not be deterred! We'll meet at the main parking lot in the park at ten o'clock and trek to the base of the iconic waterfall via the Four Seasons Trail and the Hickory Nut Falls Trail. After marvelling a while at that feature we'll backtrack a little and visit the cave and gift shop, then head up to the Chimney Rock itself. There is a large, winding staircase leading up to that level (the famous elevator-in-the-mountain, which has been out of order for over a year, is still busted as of this writing). After taking in the views from the chimney, and perhaps grabbing refreshments at the nearby cafe, those of us who are most adventurous may ascend to the top of the mountain and explore the newly-christened Exclamation Point and the Skyline Trails. All the trails in the park are generally wide and well-maintained, but steep in places. The hike back down to the main parking lot should be a lot easier. All totaled one may hike about five miles, though with the climbing it may seem longer. This is rated by the park as "moderate to strenuous". After the hike we can loitter about the quaint and scenic town of Chimney Rock for shopping and sight-seeing, or return to the Charlotte in time for dinner. • What to bring Dress for the weather and bring food/water/snacks as desired, as well as money for admittance. It's $13 a head to get in the park. • Important to know You can buy your ticket in advance here: or just pay at the ticket plaza when you enter.

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Welcome, outdoor adventure enthusiasts! This group is for all those who love and appreciate the beauty of our natural world, and enjoy exploring its wonders with others. We mostly hike well-marked trails in state and national parks, or urban greenways. But we also schedule more adventurous hikes in wilder areas, with more challenging tredways and changes in elevation from time to time. We also do kayaking excursions, both flat water and gentle white water (class I-II rapids, nothing too challenging!). We're open to all ages and in fact usually have a mix of generations on our hikes. We're also very welcoming of guests, friends, and family who want to tag along.

Our dues are zero dollars a year. That's right--we don't charge to belong. When we need money to maintain the site we'll think of something then. But for now, we charge no dues!

We do many of our activities in conjunction with another local group, the 0-100 Adventure-Hiking-Social-Etc. meetup group based in Charlotte. Over the years we've developed many close friendships with the people in the 0-100 group, and their presence and expertise has enabled us to take our adventures to a higher level. Plus, they're just a fun group of folks!

While I schedule most of the adventures, please feel free to suggest some yourselves. If there is a particular trail you think the group would enjoy hiking at a particular time, just drop me a quick message and I'll check it out. I personally only lead hikes that I have 'reconned' in advance, and I suggest that anyone who wishes to lead a hike adopt the same rule.

You will notice that for most of our adventures we meet at a convenient local spot to organize car pooling to the trailhead. If you have a vehicle and don't mind driving others, please consider offering rides to the other members (it's a great way to get to know your fellow adventurers). If you're riding with someone else, don't forget to give the driver a few dollars to cover your share of the cost of gas.

One last thing you need to know about our group--and this is VERY important: we are 100% non-smoking on our adventures. The reason for that is we have some members who are very allergic to tabacco smoke, so much so that exposure to it has resulted in hospitalization in the past. So it's very important to refrain from smoking when engaged in any of our group activities. I hope that everyone can live with and abide by that restriction.

That's about it. I hope you enjoy your experience with the Waxhaw Hiking Meetup Group, and I can't wait to see you on the trail! If you have any questions or concerns, call me, Jim Stegall, at 704-221-1958.

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