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Folk Art Center to Craven Gap (10.5 miles) weather dependent***
HIKE DESCRIPTION: Out and back fitness hike* following the Mountain to Sea trail north from the Folk Art Center to Craven Gap (10.5 miles). THIS IS AN EXCELLENT HIKE FOR CARDIO AND ENDURANCE CONDITIONING. The 1st 3 miles consists of progressive ups and downs (warmups), leading to "the grind," a steady uphill climb to the top of the mountain beyond the Haw Creek overlook. The remaining 7 miles have lesser ups and downs with one short strenuous section on the return for about 10 minutes. *PACE: We keep a brisk pace (average 3.0 MPH) but regroup as needed. Please be capable of hiking this distance and elevation to not significantly delay the group. If your hiking interests include Outdoor Fitness, Conditioning and Endurance this may be the hike for you. Hike is close to Asheville; Hike time about 3.5 hours. LEVEL: This is a LEVEL 6 FITNESS HIKE** (approximately 1700 feet elevation gain). Dogs: This is a dogs friendly hike as long as your dog is friendly and compatible with other dogs. There is spring fed water in two locations on this trail. * HIKE LEVELS: Level 1 Minimal to 300 feet elevation gain. Levels 2-5 hikes are from 300 to 1500 feet gain. **Level 6 is between 1500 to 1800 feet gain. Level 7-9 From 1800 to 3,000 feet gain. Level 10 hikes are from 3000 to 4000 feet gain. ***WEATHER: Check this site between 7-7:30 AM on hike day for hike status.

Folk Art Center

Blue Ridge Pkwy · Asheville, NC

Respond by: 4/25/2018

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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!

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