Welcome to the PHOC


The Piedmont Hiking and Outing Club is a volunteer group founded in 1982. We have approximately 400 members, including individuals and families. Members come from the Piedmont area of North Carolina, including Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, Thomasville, Burlington and surrounding communities. Our members represent a wide range of age and professional and family characteristics. Most members are in their 40's, 50's, and 60's, but we have an increasing number of younger members and couples in their 20's and 30's and some active members who are older. Families participate as well. Our club offers opportunities and challenges for everyone.

We publish a newsletter called 'Trailmarker' every two months. The newsletter is mailed and emailed to members and extra copies are placed at several outdoor stores around the Piedmont Triad. The 'Trailmarker' usually lists at least four member-led hikes or walks each week (Wednesday, two on Saturday, and Sunday) year round. These hikes range in difficulty and distance from easy to very challenging, usually three to twenty miles. Regular hiking areas include:

Each newsletter may also announce: In addition to hikes and activities listed in the Trailmarker, other pick-up hikes and activities are broadcast via email to members on a regular basis; these are often mid-week outings.

You name it, the group has been there and done that. All this for the low, low annual membership cost of $20 per individual or family.