July 2                     Wednesday Night Walk

Wednesday        PEC, High Point


For some mid-week exercise, meet at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the Piedmont Environmental Center.  After a brisk walk, the group will go to dinner.


July 5                     Commissary Ridge/Crest Trail

Saturday              Mt. Mitchell State Park


Come and admire the views from the highest point east of the Mississippi!  This ten-mile loop begins at the ranger station just inside the entrance to Mt. Mitchell State Park, follows the Commissary Trail (mostly level) for several miles, and continues up Big Tom, a very steep half-mile trail to the Crest Trail.  The Crest, which takes us over several peaks, is up and down with a few scrambles over rocks, but is not overly strenuous.  We make our way to the NEW (hopefully open) observation tower on top of Mt. Mitchell (elev. 6684’) and then take the Little Mt. Mitchell Trail down to the cars.  Call for meeting time and place.

[10 miles R34 approximate]


July 6                     Moore’s Knob

Sunday                 Hanging Rock State Park


Let's burn off those hot dogs, ice cream and apple pie calories from the 4th of July with a wonderful hike up to the fire tower. (Request for A/C at top of mountain has been submitted to proper authorities) This will be a nice "move up" for beginners and good cardio workout for the experienced with a conditional guarantee you will have FUN. In case of snow, bring sleds or skis (makes the hike down a lot easier). Special invited guest hiker is Jimmy Buffet.  Mental Telepathy accepted, but please email or call if you are planning to hike. Meet at Shoney’s (NC-68 & I-40) at 1 p.m. or Bathhouse Parking Lot at 1:45.

[5.2 miles +/-800 feet R12]


July 9                     Wednesday Night Walk

See July 2 for details


July 12                  Lake MackintoshPaddle

Saturday              Guilford County


Let's explore the Guilford end of Lake Mackintosh.  We'll start by paddling to a cliff-circled cove on Little Alamance Creek, then paddle up Big Alamance Creek, exploring several coves along the way.  We can paddle back to the marina and stop for lunch at the picnic area and anyone wishing to continue can paddle toward the Alamance end of the lake.  The Guilford Marina is off Highway 61 and has rental canoes and kayaks for a reasonable fee, and there is a small fee for launching your own boat.  Lake Mackintosh covers about 1100 acres, compared to 800 acres for Lake Brandt.  Plan on a departure time around 9 a.m. to be on the water by 10 a.m.  Please call or email to confirm meeting place and time.


July 12                  Shining Rock

Saturday              Pisgah National Forest


Let's hike to the white quartz outcropping known as Shining Rock.  We begin at the Black Balsam Knob parking area off the Blue Ridge Parkway; take Forest Service Trail 108 up 400 feet in just over 1/2 mile to the Art Loeb Trail; (now for dessert) the 4 mile stretch from here atop the 6,214-foot Black Balsam Knob to Shining Rock is spectacular.  All around this stretch is a Who's Who of North Carolina mountains; Cold Mountain ahead, Mt. Pisgah to the east, Looking Glass Rock to the southeast, the Great Smokies to the west and Roan Mountain to the northwest.  We continue across balds and heath thickets to Shining Rock where scrambling options abound.  We will return on the Art Loeb trail to the Investor Gap Trail to the parking lot.  Call or email for meeting time and place.

[8 miles; +/- 2302 feet; R31]


July 13                  NC Museum of Art Tour

Sunday                 Raleigh


Join us for a trip to the NC Museum of Art.  Admission and tour are free.  A docent will give us a tour of the permanent collection starting at 1:30 p.m.  The collection includes artworks from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, the Renaissance through Impressionism, American art of the 18th and 19th centuries, and modern art.  Galleries are also devoted to African, ancient American and Oceanic art, as well as Jewish ceremonial art.  There is also a wonderful outdoor sculpture garden on the Museum grounds.  Meet at the BP station at Exit 141 (Huffman Mill Rd.) on I-40 at 11:45 a.m. (or) Greensboro folks can meet at 11:20 at Four Seasons Mall, Belks/East Side, near the former NASCAR Restaurant and the Outback.


July 14                  NO July Meeting

We do not have a monthly meeting during the month of our Pig-Pickin’.  Since that has been moved to July this year, there will be no July meeting.


July 14                  Monday Night Power Walk

Monday               Friendly Center, Greensboro


Join us for a fast paced walk on Monday nights!  Our objective is a good cardiovascular workout.  We will walk 7 miles on the city greenway maintaining at least a 4 mph pace.  We will meet in the parking lot behind Belk's at Friendly (park at the corner of Friendly and Green Valley) at 6 p.m.  Please call if you plan to attend as we may vary our route.  Hope to see you there!


July 16                  Wednesday Night Walk

See July 2 for details


July 17                  LaFiesta Restaurant Outing

Thursday             Bridford Parkway, Greensboro


A club favorite, this is the best Mexican food (with the best margaritas) in town.  Call Joyce by Tuesday the 15th for meeting time and to make your reservation.


July 19                  Indian Creek and Wolf Rock

Saturday              Hanging Rock State Park


Let’s head to nearby Hanging Rock for a longish but moderate hike (10-12 miles) for a refreshingly cool summer-day outing.  We will start from the canoe launch area near the Dan River, hike up the lovely and shaded Indian Creek Trail, past Window Falls, and on to the Visitors Center; we will continue on to Wolf Rock, and back to the Indian Creek Trail head.  This hike involves a few easy stream crossings, but is very doable for anyone who walks or does aerobics exercise regularly a few times a week, and who has done even a moderate amount of trail hiking before.  We should be done early to mid-afternoon and the enticement is a stop at the Danbury diner, world-famous for grandma’s homemade coconut pie. If you are new to the club and/or have never done this hike before, please call Nicole to let her know you are coming.  Greensboro folks:  meet at 8 a.m. at Shoney’s (NC-68 & I-40).  Winston Salem folks: meet us at the trailhead at 9:15 a.m. or so.  Call for directions to the trailhead.


July 19                  Fun Day

Saturday              Grandfather Mountain


Let's take a leisurely trip to Grandfather Mountain, visit the Museum of Indian Artifacts, see the eagles and the bears at the zoo, take a walk across the Swinging Bridge, and just breathe some clean mountain air.  We can have lunch in the museum or on the picnic tables outside.  This is for members who want a leisurely day--not for strenuous hiking.  Don't forget your camera.  This trip is limited to 12 members.  Call or e-mail for meeting place and time.



July 19th—Last Date to RSVP for the  July 27th Pig Pickin’


July 20                  Salem Lake

Sunday                 Winston Salem


Join us for a leisurely hike around Salem Lake in Winston-Salem.  Bring a snack and water to enjoy while walking this 7-mile scenic trail.  Meet at Shoney’s (NC-68 & I-40) at 10 a.m. for carpooling.  If joining us at the lake marina, be there at 10:30 a.m.

[7 miles R8]


July 21                  Monday Night Power Walk

See July 14 for details


July 23                  Wednesday Night Walk

See July 2 for details


July 26                  Caudill Cabin

Saturday              Doughton Park


This is a good mid-summer hike as there are plenty of stream crossings and places to dip your feet, along with lots of shade.  9.4 miles with a sustained elevation gain up to the cabin.  Call Don for meeting place and time.

[9.4 miles +/-1500 feet R28]


July 26                  New River Canoe

Saturday              South Fork of the New River


It’s time for the annual canoe trip on the south fork of the New River (North Carolina).  We will leave Shoney’s (NC-68 & I-40) at 7:30 a.m.  As in the past, our 10 mile paddle starts at Zaloo’s Canoes.  Midway we will stop for lunch at New River State Park.  There you will find restrooms and drink machines.  Zaloo’s will bus us back to our cars where we can change clothes before heading to Shatley Springs for dinner. Please email me if you are going to paddle and or eat with us.  For those who wish to rent a canoe call Zaloo’s at 1-800-535-4027 ($46.00 per boat with paddles and life jackets).  If you have your own boat, we will work out a shuttle or pay Zaloo’s for the service.  We will not be stopping along the way to Zaloo’s to insure we are there at 10 a.m. and on the water at 10:30.  Bring water, drinks, food, and sunscreen and or rain gear to carry on the river.  Remember to have dry clothes to leave in the car.


July 27                  Northeast Park

Sunday                 Guilford County


Hike approximately five miles on trails in Guilford County’s newest, beautiful 374-acre park located off Route 29 in Gibsonville.  Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking area in front of Belk’s (facing Friendly Avenue) at Friendly Shopping Center.  Please call between 1-9 p.m. to let me know you plan to come.


July 27                  Annual Pig Pickin’

Sunday                 Bur-Mil Park, Greensboro


RSVP's are due July 19th


This year the club's annual pig pickin’ is at Bur-Mil Park, Shelter No. 2, next to the swimming pool on the left as you enter the park. Famous Prissy Polly's BBQ and all fixings, trimmings, iced tea, and dessert are provided by the club. Adult and other beverages in cans are fine to bring. Come around 3:15, for hiking, swimming in the adjacent new Bur-Mil pool, golf at the nearby driving range or par 3 course, volleyball, fishing, or any other activity (e.g., Frisbee, softball, bocce, jarts) you want to bring equipment for.  Dinner around 5 p.m. Please RSVP by July 19 to Janice so we can get an accurate count; this is very important for the club's budget. Please call if you find you can't make it after you have signed up. Club members free; guests $10.00 each. We had a great group and a fun time at the Spring Fling......let's do it again!


July 28                  Monday Night Power Walk

See July 14 for details


July 30                  Wednesday Night Walk

See July 2 for details


August 2              Dragon’s Tooth

Saturday              Salem, Virginia


This is a fairly strenuous hike that takes us along the AT up to Dragon's Tooth.  There are great views of the Roanoke Valley and surrounding mountains.  Bring rain gear and PLENTY OF WATER.  10-11 miles.  Call or email for meeting time and place.

[10.4 miles +2200 feet, - 2400 feet R32]


August 3              Lake Brandt Loop

Sunday                 Greensboro Watershed Trails


Meet at Bur-Mil Park in the parking lot nearest Lake Brandt at 1 p.m. for this 3-4 hour walk around Lake Brandt on the Piedmont and Nat Greene trails.  Hike is 8.5 miles, with 2 on the greenway and 6.5 through the woods.  Very pleasant with only a few modest climbs.  Bring water and snack.  No need to call to go on this hike.

[8.5 miles +/-150 feet R11]


August 4              Monday Night Power Walk

See July 14 for details


August 6              Wednesday Night Walk

See July 2 for details


August 8              P.F. Chang’s

Friday                    Friendly Center, Greensboro


Come out for a night of groovy food and yummy ice cream.  Join me at P.F. Chang's on Friendly Ave. at 7 p.m. for a great Asian inspired dinner.  Afterwards, we can walk down to Ben & Jerry's for a little ice cream delight and people watch out on their patio.  Reservations are a must at P.F. Chang's so please notify me by August 6th if you plan to attend.  Hope to see you there!


August 9              Lost Cove Trail

Saturday              Pisgah National Forest


Today we will do a hike that was a big hit last summer.  It is a beautiful summer hike with a lot of stream crossings on Gragg Prong Creek.  This area is the headwaters of Wilson Creek; however we enter the area off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  After six or seven miles we will stop to enjoy one of the best natural swimming holes I have seen in the mountains of North Carolina.  We will enjoy at least one and a half hours at this wonderful summer spot.  Please bring clothes for swimming!!!

We will depart Shoney’s (NC-68 & I-40). at 7:30 and pick up the Winston Group at 8 a.m. at McDonalds Jonestown Road.  Dinner afterwards in Boone.  Please call Ben if you are going on this hike.

[8 miles +/- 1800 feet R26]


August 10            UNC-G Historical Tour

Sunday                 Greensboro


Join Kitty and Herman for a 90-minute walking tour of the UNCG campus.  Learn about the history of the university and the three campus ghosts.  Meet at 2 p.m. at Yum Yum Ice Cream on Spring Garden Street.  Call if you have any questions.


August 11            August Meeting

Monday               Piedmont Environmental Center


Meet for refreshments and fellowship at 7 p.m. at the Piedmont Environmental Center.  The business portion and program will start at 7:30 p.m.  A map to the PEC is shown on page 8.


“Camping Basics” with Justin Perkins, a camping expert from REI in Greensboro.  Whether you are a beginner or experienced camper, learn more about all of the aspects; "leave no trace", equipment, food and safety.  Gain knowledge so that you can enjoy more of the outdoors.


August 13            Wednesday Night Walk

See July 2 for details


August 16            Graybeard

Saturday              Winston Salem


This is a club favorite that has not been done for a couple years.  We'll go about 12 miles up and around Graybeard, one of the seven sisters mountains above Black Mountain, N.C.  This hike is challenging but doable if you are in better than average shape.  Great views. Bring plenty of water.  Meet at Shoney’s (NC-68 & I-40) at 7 a.m. or El Jinete Restaurant (exit 184 off I-40; Lewisville Clemmons Rd. ) at 7:30 a.m.  We'll have dinner at a good place in Black Mountain after the hike.  Please feel free to call if questions.

[~12 miles +/-2200 feet R-37]


August 16            Moore’s Knob & Swim

Saturday              Hanging Rock State Park


Let's try something different.  We will hike the trail to Moore's Knob and on the way back if it is hot we will don our swimsuits and picnic by and swim in the lake.  How about a race to the raft for a different kind of exercise!  If the weather is not suitable we will continue hiking.  Call Gale for more info or just meet at Shoney’s (NC-68 & I-40) at 8:30 a.m. Bring water, lunch, swimsuit and raingear.

[5.2 miles +/-800 feet R12]


August 17            Grindstone Trail+

Sunday                 Pilot Mountain State Park


On a warm Sunday in mid-August, let's go somewhere with a View.  Legend has it, that Chief Falling Rock was able to climb Mt Pilot on a late-summers day and there he was able to see Columbus and his entourage coming across the Atlantic.  He then ordered his tribe to move farther West and open Casinos. (I'm bringing my binoculars, just in case)  Let's start from the campground and hike up the Grindstone trail to the Ledges Spring Trail, around Jomeokee Trail and back down the Grindstone trail to the campground.  Special invited guest hiker is Bob Dylan.  Mental Telepathy accepted, but please email or call if you are planning to hike.  Meet at Shoney’s (NC-68 & I-40) at 1 p.m. or the Visitor Center Parking Lot at 1:45.

[8.0 miles R20]


August 17            New Member Orientation/Hike

Sunday                 Lake Higgins Marina


New members – Come for an informal and informational session to learn a little about the Piedmont Hiking & Outing Club. We will meet at 1:30 PM at the Lake Higgins Marina on Hamburg Mill Rd in the small conference room to discuss anything you may want to know to make your experience with the club more enjoyable. We will also talk about what might be expected of you as a member. At about 2:30 we will take a short hike in the marina area and

may be joined by other club members. Bring water, snacks, comfortable shoes, weather appropriate apparel and good humor.  Call or email if you have questions.


August 18            Monday Night Power Walk

See July 14 for details


August 20            Wednesday Night Walk

See July 2 for details


August 23            Harper Creek Waterfalls

Saturday              Pisgah National Forest


This 9-mile loop follows Harper Creek upstream past two magnificent waterfalls.  Harper Creek Falls has a 62-foot drop in three tiers and a beauty rating of 9.  South Harper Creek Falls has a 200-foot drop and a beauty rating of 10.  We return along Raiders Camp Creek until it merges with Harper Creek.  There are plenty of stream crossings so bring dry socks.  On the way back we’ll stop in Morganton and have dinner at a great Greek pizza restaurant.  We’ll leave Shoney’s (NC-68 & I-40) at 8.30 a.m.

[9 miles +/- 1000 feet  R25]


August 24            Reedy Creek/Laurel Bluff

Sunday                 Greensboro Watershed


This seven-mile loop takes us along Lake Townsend and under shade trees for a pleasant, moderate Sunday afternoon hike.  Meet at the parking lot (on the right) at the Reedy Creek trailhead off Lake Brandt Road (heading east pass the entrance to the Lake Brandt Marina and cross over the dam) at 1:30 p.m.

[7.5 miles +/- 100 feet  R9]


August 24            Canoe or Kayak

Sunday                 Dan River


Join us on the Dan River near Hanging Rock State Park.  This easy 3 hour float is pleasant for beginners and experts.  You will need to provide your own boat; however, rentals are available near the river if reserved in advance.  Bring lunch and dry clothes.  Call me for details.  We will leave Shoney’s (NC-68 & I-40) at 10 a.m. and you can be back around 5 p.m., however, I plan to stop at Hillbilly Hideaway in Walnut Cove for their country buffet dinner.


August 25            Monday Night Power Walk

See July 14 for details


August 27            Wednesday Night Walk

See July 2 for details


August 30            Grayson Highlands

Saturday              Mount Rogers NRA


For this late-summer hike we'll start out at Massie Gap, take the AT and have lunch at the Scales, then return via the Pine Mountain trail to Rhododendron Gap and across Wilburn Ridge.  If we're lucky we'll be able to pick the last of the wild blueberries, so bring a small container for those pancakes Sunday morning!  Be prepared with raingear, water and snacks, and it is always a good idea to have a headlamp on one of my hikes (!).  Meet at Shoney’s (NC-68 & I-40) at 7 a.m.

[11.4 miles +/- 1700 feet R29]


August 31            Pre-Ice Cream Hike

Sunday                 Gibson Park, Greensboro


Meeting time for the Gibson Park hike: 2 p.m. followed by Mickey and  Vinny's great ice cream social.  We will park at the entrance to the park off Wendoover Rd.  No need to call in advance but give me a call at if you have any questions.

[7.5 miles +/- 100 feet  R9]


August 31            Ice Cream Social

Sunday                 Gibson Park, Greensboro


Mickey and Vinny will be cranking out a tasty homemade treat for our 11th Annual Ice Cream Social.  Come early and you can provide some manual labor needed to make ice cream the old fashion way.  If you are coming, let us know, so we can make enough ice cream for everyone.  Ice cream will be served from 4:00 to 6:00 at the shelter in Gibson Park.