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Interested in taking a short, long, or somewhere in the middle length hike/stroll in western North Carolina? Look no further!!! Everything from a quick (3-4 hour) hike to a full day of hiking to overnight backpacking trips, we'll try it all! Check us out and experience the pristine and amazing wilderness of western North Carolina!!!

Everyone is welcome to the group, beginner or expert, 2 legs or 4, young and old. Please note that, while the group is open to everyone, not all hikes are appropriate for everyone. Hike organizers reserve the right to limit the hike size and screen potential participants to ensure their own safety and that of others in the group. Hike organizers will also try to post as much information as possible about the hike, however since there are so many trails in the area, we have not always hiked them before and are sometimes relying on published or posted information.

We will meet occasionally to plan the excursions and talk about how to use the meetup tools (ie. change your email settings to not get all the notifications and reminders, how to post photos, etc.)

The fee for this meetup group is paid for by the Organizer. There is a place on the website to chip in! Please remember that our hike leaders are volunteers. We are doing this because we enjoy hiking, and want everyone else to enjoy it too.

Suggestions are GREATLY appreciated! So, come on in, interact, enjoy yourself, and we'll see you on the trail!

Upcoming events (3)

dUMBASS bALD 11 mile on AT cardio hike

Earth Fare


5.5 miles out on the AT from sams gap south to the clearing which has some views, and return. bring food and water. dogs are welcome. we hike at a fast pace without breaks so be ready for a workout. it's around 2,700 elevation gain. we will meet at earth fare at 9:00 for carpool and leave promptly. it's about a 25 min drive. please notate on discussion if you intend to meet at the parking area and do not want to carpool. just google sams gap on the AT for directions to the trailhead if you don't know it. we should be there round 930

Bracken Preserve – 8.1 miles, 1325’ ascent

Bracken Preserve

Good footing, shaded, lots of switchbacks with nearly all of the ascent in the first 4 miles. Snack at the half-way mark (Burl Mountain) or post-hike at the trailhead picnic tables. Take Bracken Mountain trail (blue blaze) for 3.9 miles (passing Brushy Creek and Mackey Ridge trails). Right on Pinnacle trail (pink blaze) for 1.3 miles. Left on Brushy Creek trail (red blaze) for 2.2 miles. Left to return 0.7 miles on Bracken Mountain trail. Type: lollypop loop. Max elev: 3500’. Avg moving pace: 2.3 mph. Difficulty (1=effortless, 10=hard): 6. Sorry, no dogs.

Biltmore Lake to Bent Creek – 8.6 miles, 1600’ ascent

Triple-loop hike through the Biltmore Lake trails to the North Boundary road of Bent Creek. Good footing; mostly wide trails; but no panoramic views or waterfalls. Two short bushwhacks; some overgrowth and thorns; poison ivy possible; long pants strongly recommended. From Biltmore Lake, hike part-way up Scott Mountain via Appalachian Morning trail and Red Spinner. Go across and around Scott Mountain to a series of Forest Service roads and unmarked trails, followed by a steep climb to the North Boundary road, which traverses the ridge of Stradley Mountain. Return from Mease Gap via Forest Service roads and unmarked trails to the back of Scott Mountain. Then take two unmarked trails connecting to Rhododendron trail back to the lake. Type: 3 loops. Max elev: 2850’. Avg moving pace: 2.3 mph. Difficulty (1=effortless, 10=hard): 6.5. Sorry, no dogs.

Past events (2,649)

Black Balsam to Graveyard Field loop

Black Balsam Knob

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