Every Wednesday Night Walk
Wednesday Friendly Shopping Center
New Location---November 5th---
The Wednesday walkers will meet at Friendly Shopping Center in the parking lot near Tex & Shirley's at 6:30 p.m. We'll be walking through the Bog Garden and Bicentennial Garden. Rain or shine. The group will go to dinner after the walk.
November 1 Woody Ridge
The Woody Ridge trail runs up the East side of Black Mountain where it intersects with the Black Mountain Crest trail at the top. We will hike up Woody Ridge, then proceed south on the Crest trail to Winter Star where we will have lunch, after which we will descend on the Colbert Ridge trail, parallel to and just south of Woody Ridge. Woody Ridge is approximately 3 miles and it is a steep pull. Fit hikers only, please. Drive time one-way to the trail head is approximately 3 hours. There will be a short shuttle. There will be a Winston stop at El Jinette’s Mexican Restaurant off I-40, a breakfast stop on the way out, and dinner on the way back. Please call for meeting time and place.
[9 Miles R40]
November 1 Dancing
Friday Club Fifth Season
Join us for an fun evening of dancing to a live band and DJ Top 40 music. Club Fifth Season is located at 3121 High Point Road in Greensboro. We will meet indoors at the entrance to Club Fifth Season. Meeting time is 9 p.m. and cover charge is $5. Please email by Thursday October 30th if you will be attending.
November 2 Curtis Creek
Sunday Pisgah National Forest
If you're a regular Sunday hiker and want to try something a little (just a little) more challenging come on this hike to the Curtis Creek area. Just a few minutes from downtown Old Fort, NC is the Curtis Creek Campground with some wonderful trails and streams. We'll start from the picnic area and hike up a forest service road for about 3 miles. As roads go, it's a nice hike. The next 4.5 miles more than make up for the road with beautiful views in all directions while we hike along a ridge line. There are a few up & downs along the way before finally descending along a stream back to the picnic area. Call or email for more details.
[7.5 miles, +/-1600 feet, R26]
November 8 Stone Mountain Hike
Saturday Stone Mountain State Park
Today we will do a strenuous hike with many Stream crossings and a lot elevation gain and loss. Let’s hope the leaves will still have some color. I do not know the length of this hike; expect to be on the trail 6-7 hours. Plan on leaving Shoney’s at 7:30 (I40& NC-68).No need to call or e-mail unless you have questions for Hubert.
Nov 9 Foster Falls to Draper Bike Ride
Sunday New River Trail State Park
This will be a 36-mile, out-and-back ride at Virginia’s New River Trail State Park—one of the southeast’s best rails-to-trails conversions. The relatively flat and car-traffic-free ride begins at the historical village of Foster Falls, just over an hour north of Winston-Salem by way of US 52 and I 77. In addition to the cliffs on the south side of the river, known as the Palisades of the New River, a highlight of the ride is the 951-foot Hiwassee Trestle. After viewing several miles of Claytor Lake, the group will reach the turnaround point and lunch spot at the small town of Draper. There is a nominal parking fee at Foster Falls. The trail requires a mountain or hybrid bike.
November 9 Laurel Bluff & Reedy Fork
Sunday 1 p.m. Greensboro Watershed Trails
Meet at the trailhead located on Lake Brandt Rd. (Lawndale Dr. turns into Lake Brandt Rd). Go past the Marina entrance and cross over the dam bridge. Parking is available on either side of the road. Call with questions.
[7.5 miles R8]
November 10 November 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.
Don Ip will entertain us with his narrative and photo presentation of the club October 2008 trip to Utah. Part of the trip was exploring Lake Powell onboard a houseboat and part was hiking in the Escalante Staircase Slot Canyon.
Nov 15 Bluff Ridge/Flat Rock Ridge Trails
Saturday Doughton Park
This hike includes the demands of the steep Bluff Ridge primitive trail but also the viewing rewards of a portion of the Bluff Mountain trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway and of the Flat Rock Ridge trail. The possibility of cold winds on Bluff Mountain necessitates layered warm clothing and gloves. A dinner stop at one of Elkin’s renowned eating establishments will be a reward for the day’s physical exertion.
[13 miles +/-2400 feet R39]
November 15 Salsa Dancing
Saturday Artistika Concert Cafe
Let's get together for an exciting evening with a Salsa Dance Lesson. Artistika Concert Cafe is located at 523 South Elm Street in Greensboro. This is appropriate for beginners and more advanced Salsa dancers. We will meet inside Artistika at 9:15 p.m. Please email by Thursday November 13th if you will be attending.
November 16 North Carolina Zoo
Sunday Asheboro, NC
Hopefully we will have a great autumn day for our traditional hike across North America and through Africa. Come and see some of the many new or revised areas of the zoo. Since we are a hiking club and have two continents to cover, bring comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothes. We will stop at the Junction Plaza for lunch…you may bring your own or buy from one of the concessions. We will leave at 9:30 from the Four Seasons mall parking lot just opposite the Bonefish Grill to carpool to Asheboro. Those wishing to meet at the zoo in Asheboro, meet at the North American entrance at 10 a.m.
[?? miles, R – Fun]
November 21 Fire & Sticks Japanese Steakhouse
Friday 7 p.m. Hwy 68 High Point, NC
No turkey and dressing, but a good time will be had by all. Here, we find great food (check the menu http://www.fireandsticks.com/sushi.shtm), great entertainment by the Chefs, and table settings designed for social gatherings. Each dinner is prepared at your Tappanyaki table for 10 in the finest Japanese tradition. Fire and Sticks has been voted the Top Japanese Steakhouse in the Carolinas 3 consecutive years by the Pritchett household. Reservations a must, please let me know no later than 11/20.
Help us save the Earth.........it's the only Planet with Chocolate........and......Beer...............
November 22 12 Mile Lake Brandt Hike
Saturday Greensboro Watershed Trails
Let's meet at 8 a.m. at Burmil Park in Greensboro, at the parking lot nearest the lake/fishing pier and Wildlife Center, at the bottom of the hill. We will hike around Lake Brandt via the Owl's Roost Trail. This is one of the prettiest trails in the Guilford County watershed system. We will get a bathroom/water fountain break at the 7 mile mark. We will be done around l p.m., which will free up your afternoon, although a post-hike burger and beverage at a nearby watering hole are not out of the question. No need to call, but feel free if you have questions.
[12 Miles R20]
November 23 27th Annual Seagrove Pottery Festival
Sunday Seagrove, NC
It’s time for us to visit Seagrove during their annual pottery festival. Several of us have made this a pre-holiday trip to browse and buy the work of the talented artisans in this area. As those of you who have driven from pottery to pottery know, it’s much more efficient when all the potters’ work is in one location. We usually meet at the defunct NASCAR restaurant at the Four Season’s Mall at 10:00 and carpool to Seagrove. If you would like to come with us, please give me a call or e-mail Joyce.
November 23 Gibson Park Hike
Sunday Wendover Ave, Greensboro
For those not going with Joyce to Seagrove, let's do a 6 mile walk on the Greenway and through the woods, starting at Gibson Park (off West Wendover, in Greensboro, about 3.4 miles west after crossing over I-40). Meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Gibson Park picnic shelters/bathrooms, at the end of the road after turning in to the Park off of Wendover Avenue. This is a pleasant, invigorating and interesting (but not tiring) walk with several changes of terrain, but not much elevation gains. No need to call but feel free if you have questions or need additional directions.
[6 miles R7]
November 29 Pilot Mountain
Ten Miles at Pilot Mountain. A great after Thanksgiving workout. We will start at the Ranger Station at the entrance and follow the Grassy Ridge Trail to Pinnacle Hotel Road. Here we pick up Mountain Trail, which leads us the base of the Mountain to Ledge Spring Trail. Ledge Spring is somewhat strenuous, but is doable even for some Wednesday night and Sunday walkers. From Ledge Springs we will continue on to the Jomeokee Trail around the knob. We finish the hike, after a brief stop at the stop of the mountain, down the Grindstone Trail, back to the Ranger Station where we started. We will meet at Shoney's at Hwy 68 and I40 at 9 a.m. or at the Ranger Station/Parking Lot at 9:45. No need to call but do if you have questions.
[Approx 10 miles R25]
November 30 Salem Lake
Join us for a leisurely hike around Salem Lake in Winston-Salem. The trail is about 7 miles and wide and relative flat with nice views of the lake . For the ones that wish, we will stop for dinner in Kernersville. Meet at Shoney's at 1:30 p.m. or at the Salem Lake marina parking lot at 2 p.m. No need to call unless you have questions.
December 6 Stone Mountain Hike
Saturday Stone Mountain State Park
Join Hubert on this Stone Mountain hike. We will hike a section that is not hiked very often. We will have three stream crossings and hike by three waterfalls. You may want to bring a change of clothing. Please bring plenty of water food and rain gear. Meet at Shoney’s and be ready and be ready to leave at 7:30 a.m. There is no need to call Hubert to go on this hike.
[10 miles +- 1440 feet R25]
Last day to RSVP for the Christmas Party!!!
December 7 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 p.m. 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 e-mail if you have questions.
December 7 Cook’s Wall & Moore’s Wall
Sunday Hanging Rock State Park
Join me for a 7.7 mile hike at Hanging Rock, a moderate to strenuous trip. We will start at the ranger station and walk to the upper parking lot to pick up the southern leg of the Chestnut Oak Trail. That will take us to Cook's Wall Trail and lunch at the Wall. We will back track to the crossover to the Moore's Wall Loop Trail and follow it to the old fire tower base at the top of the knob. Then it's back down to the camp grounds where we follow the camp ground roads back to the ranger station. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet at Shoney's (I-40/NC 68) at 9 a.m. or at the ranger station at 9:45 a.m. Call if you have questions.
[7.7 miles +/- 1500 feet R25]
December 8 December Meeting
There will be no meeting at Piedmont Environmental Center in December due to the Christmas party on December 13th. The nominating committee will present the recommended slate of 2009 officers at the Christmas party meeting in preparation for the January election.
December 13 Dutchman's Creek Trail
Saturday Uwharrie National Forest
How's this for a Saturday. A wonderful “new” hike, AND we will be back in plenty of time to attend the Christmas Party. Make reservations for both. Is this a great country or what?
Dutchman's Creek trail offers a variety of scenery, streams, and rocky climbs. Along the trail there are old home sites, cemeteries, and gold mines. Weather will be unpredictable this time of year so pack and dress wisely. E-mail Robby at for meeting time and place.
[9.5 miles R35]
December 13 Annual Christmas Party
Saturday 7 p.m. 1620 Fairfax Rd, Greensboro
Come join the fun at this year’s Christmas party. We will again be partying at R.H. Barringer, 1620 Fairfax Rd, Greensboro, accessible from Hilltop Rd or Merritt Dr. Thanks goes to Fred Craig for this location. This year, we will be able to enjoy a slide show of everyone’s adventures throughout the year. Although the menu is yet to be determined, most likely, this event will be catered. Details about food will be forthcoming. Bring your own adult beverage if you wish.
After the meal, more fun begins with our notorious gift exchange. Participation is optional. If you wish to join in, bring a wrapped gift, serious or silly. Suggested value- $10-15. After that, let’s hit the dance floor and burn off some calories.
Cost of event is free to members, $15 for guests, and prepayment for guests MUST be received by December 6th. Unfortunately due to seating and room size limitations, this event is limited to the first 125 reservations. Since an exact head count is required, RSVP by Dec 6th is mandatory. Please be considerate- “no shows”, including “no show guests” take a spot from members.
December 14 Lake Higgins
Sunday Greensboro Watershed Trails
I had hoped for snow when I led this hike this past January; unfortunately the gods did not oblige. They may be better disposed this time and greet us with soft, squishy, and fluffy snowballs while we make our way on the lovely Bald Eagle trail, a mere two weeks before Santa's visit. We'll meet at 1:00 p.m. at the trail head parking lot on Hamburg Mill road (off Battleground, past Owl's Roost). If you have any questions, are new to the club or to hiking, call me; if not, see you at the trail head.
[7 miles +/-300 feet R10]
December 20 Lake Townsend
Saturday Greensboro Watershed Trails
If you're one of those who wait until the last minute to do Christmas shopping, this hike is for you. You can get in a nice long hike and shop ‘til you drop on the same day. We will be doing 11.5 miles, covering four trails around Lake Townsend in Greensboro: Reedy Fork, Laurel Bluff, Peninsula, and West House. If you are new to the club or have never done these four trails before, please call Nicole (see contact info above). Otherwise meet at 8 a.m. at the small parking area of the Reedy Fork trailhead; it is located on the right-hand side of Lake Brandt Road, past the Marina and across the dam.
[11.5 miles R11]
December 21 Moore's Knob
Sunday Hanging Rock State Park
Meet at 12:30 p.m. at Shoney's at I-40 and NC-68 or at Hanging Rock Visitor's Center at 1:30 p.m. Call with questions.
[4.5 miles R12]
December 27 Moses Cone Manor
Saturday Julian Price Park
Blowing Rock at Christmas, how's this for Americana? We will start at Bass Lake and hike up to the Cone Manor House, then continue on to the graveyard. Some may stop here while others go on to the fire tower at the top. Then we retrace our steps back down. It is all easy hiking, just choose your distance. To the house and back is 4 miles. To the graveyard and back is 7 miles, and all the way to the tower and back is 11 miles. Call or email for time and location.
[11 miles R20]
December 28 Dog Day in the Birkhead Wilderness
Sunday Uwharrie National Forest
Bring your congenial Dog to Asheboro for a hike and a Hot Dog. We’ll hike an eight-mile loop in the Birkhead Wilderness of the Uwharrie National Forest through lovely wooded areas with several views of the surrounding mountains. The terrain is rolling with some elevation gain. The hike is rated moderate and the Dog is optional. Join Alma for a post-hike Hot Dog Supper at her home in Asheboro. Email for meeting place and time.
[8 Miles R12]
January 1 Hanging Rock Trail
Thursday Hanging Rock State Park
Join us for our annual PHOC New Year’s Day outing to Hanging Rock State Park. There’ll be plenty of time to sleep in before this hike, so no excuses! After hike dinner outing TBD. Meet at Shoney’s at NC-68 & I-40 at 11 a.m. or noon at the Visitor Center