Every Monday Night Power Walk
It is time to bring back the Monday night power walks!  Our objective is a good cardiovascular workout.  We will walk 7 miles on the city greenway maintaining at least a 4.5 mph pace.  If you are working up to this pace, we will catch you on the way back since it is an out and back.  We meet in the parking lot behind Belk's at Friendly (corner of Friendly and Green Valley) at 6:00 pm.  Please call if you plan to attend as we sometimes vary our route. Hope to see you there!



Every Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner


The Wednesday walkers will meet every Wednesday evening in the parking lot of The Piedmont Environmental Center at 6:30 pm for  brisk walk before dinner.  Rain or shine.  The group will go to dinner after the walk.



May 1-3              Merchants Millpond State Park
Friday–Sunday   Canoe/Kayak/Camping
Join us for a canoe camping trip to Merchants Millpond, NC's most unique state park. The 760-acre lake has ancient moss draped cypress trees and areas covered in sunburst water lilies. Yes, we hope to see some water snakes and alligators in very comfortable non-intimidating encounters. At this date, the  serious bugs have not emerged but to see a tick would not be unexpected. We will leave Friday morning for the 4.5 hour drive to the NE corner of NC and then boat a mile to a beautiful hardwood island campground. Saturday we will explore the lake and creeks by boat.  Joel will fill the boat needs for the first 16 who pay the $2 campsite fee.  Additional participants will need to provide their own or rent boats. Call or email for more details.



May 2                 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.   A dinner stop at one of Elkin’s renowned eating establishments (Le Chef Rapide?)  can be a reward for the day’s physical exertion.

[13 miles, +/-2800 feet, R41]



May 3                 Owls Roost

Sunday               Geensboro Watershed Trails


Meet at the Wildlife Center in Bur-Mil Park at 1:30 pm.  Go North on 220 then turn right at the traffic light at Owls Roost, and then left into Bur-Mil Park.  Go right at the club house, park in the circular driveway at the bottom of the hill. Call if you have any questions.

[6 Miles, R9]



May 4                 Monday night power walk.



May 6                 Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



May 8                 Rearn Thai Restaurant      

Friday                 West Market Street, Greensboro


Almost everyone agrees that Rearn Thai has the best Thai food in town.  Please join us for this reasonably priced cuisine.  We usually have a large group for this outing and get the room upstairs.  Call by Wednesday May 6 if you plan to attend.  Location:  5120 W Market St., Greensboro.  Hope to see you there at 7:00 pm!



May 9                 Colbert Ridge to Winterstar

Saturday             Black Mountains


Colbert Ridge is one of the ascents to the Black Mountain Crest Trail.  We’ll climb it, take a right turn on the crest trail to Winterstar (and maybe a bit beyond), and then come back out.  (An alternate route with a descent on the Buncombe Horse Trail is possible if it can be scouted prior to the hike.)  This is a rugged trail, but the Black Mountain Crest trail is one of those special places.  Afterwards, we’ll stop for dinner in a fine little café in Marion.  Call or email for details.

[9 miles, +/- 3200 ft, R44]



May 9                 Breakfast, Triad Park Walk, and Farmers Market                       

Saturday             Colfax / Kernersville


Begin a Spring weekend exploring territory in your back yard.  Triad Park...about 400 acres jointly owned by Forsyth and Guilford counties... is a gem.  Meet at 8:00 am for a hearty breakfast at the Olympic Family Restaurant at 8900 West Market Street (old U.S. 421) in Colfax (between Greensboro and Kernersville...1/2 mile east of the Sandy Ridge Road intersection)  (Note: don't go to the original Olympic in Kernersville).  After breakfast, we will drive about two miles to Triad Park and take an easy 3-4 mile walk  there.Then we will go to the nearby (2 miles) Triad Farmers Market and check out fresh vegetables and other healthy goodies.  We'll be done by noon.  Call or email Jon by Friday, May 8 so he can get a good head count estimate.



May 9                 Stone Mountain Hike                                  

Saturday             Stone Mountain State Park


Today we will take a leisurely 7.5-mile hike in Stone Mountain State Park.  Please bring a picnic lunch and water.  No need to call to go on this hike. We will have several creek crossings, a hiking pole and a change of socks could be useful.  This is a good hike for members with limited hiking experience.  Meet at Shoney’s (I-40 and NC-68) at 8:00 am.

[7.5 miles,  +/- 1400 feet,  R22]



May 10               West End of Lake Townsend

Sunday               Greensboro Watershed Trails


Join Nicole for a gentle 8 to 9-mile hike along Lake Townsend on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  We will meet at 1:00 pm at the Church Street trailhead (on the left-hand side of the road after you cross Air Harbor Road and before you cross the lake a second time).  We will hike the Peninsula, West House, and Osprey Trails.  I promise good weather, but bring rain gear just in case, as well as a snack and plenty of water.  Please call Nicole to let her know you're coming.



May 11               May  Meeting
Monday              Piedmont Environmental Center 
Meet for refreshments and fellowship at 7:00 pm at the Piedmont Environmental Center on Penny Road in Jamestown. The business portion and program will begin at 7:30.  Club member Sue Kanoy, will give a  presentation on the recent trip she and Bucky made to South Africa. This will include pictures of their safari in Kruger National  Park, visit and hike in Capetown area, and travel along The Garden Route.



May 11               Monday night power walk



May 13               Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



May 16               South Mountains State Park 

Saturday             Morganton


We haven't been to the South Mountains for awhile, so we shall return to this rugged and lovely state park.  Meet at Shoney's (N.C. 68 and I-40) at 7:30 am, or El Jinette (Lewisville Clemmons exit off I-40) at 8:00 am. We'll carpool a little over 2 hours to the trailhead, with a quick breakfast at McDonald's near Morganton.This 10-11 mile hike has some elevation changes, but is not one of the hardest we do.  We will have dinner after the hike at a good nearby restaurant.  Call Jon if you have questions.

[10 mi, +-2200 feet, R34]



May 17               PiedmontWatershed Trail

Sunday               Lake Brandt Road


Lets meet at 1 pm and hike the Piedmont watershed trail out and back for a total of 6 easy miles. Proceed north on Lake Brandt Road past the Marina on the left, cross over the bridge at the dam, and park in the gravel parking lot on the left.

[6 mi, R6]



May 17                Indian Creek Trail

Sunday               Hanging Rock State Park


This hike will start at the Dan River trail head and hike beside Indian Creek up to Hanging Rock, and then back out.  It’s a scenic trail with easy stream crossings and waterfalls. The hike will start at the trailhead at 10:00 am.  Greensboro hikers who want to meet at Shoney’s should be there by 9:15, but will have to move themselves out to the trailhead. Please call if you need directions to the trailhead.



May 17               Galax to Fries Bike Ride

Sunday               New River Trail State Park


This will be a 35-mile, out-and-back ride from Galax to the small settlement of Fries on one of the southeast’s best rails-to-trails conversions.  Our journey will take us across 12 railroad trestles, including the 1089-foot Fries Junction Trestle.  We will also pedal through the 193-foot Chestnut Creek Tunnel, the longest tunnel on the trail.  Options for the noon meal will include a small café in Fries or a packed lunch along the river.  There is a nominal parking fee at Galax.  The trail will require a mountain or hybrid bike.  While on our bicycles, riders will maintain a 10- or 11-mile-per-hour pace.



May 18               Monday night power walk



May 20               Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



May 23               Profile Trail to Swinging Bridge

Saturday             Grandfather Mountain


Up the strenuous Profile Trail to the top of Grandfather Mountain. Then the fun begins!!!  Across the Grandfather Trail up and down chutes, ladders and cables to the Swinging Bridge, enjoying the best 360 degree view of the mountains available in North Carolina. This group will be limited to twelve hikers. Anyone on this hike has to be experienced.

[9 miles, +/-3500 feet, R46]



May 23               Gulley Creek

Saturday             Blue Ridge Music Center


Today we will do two short hikes and visit the Blue Ridge Music Center museum.  Maybe there will be some local folks that are playing and singing while we are there. The Blue Ridge Park Ranger has assured me that we should see many wild flowers and the mountain laurel should be in bloom at this time.  The drive time from Shoney’s  is around 1.5 hours each way.  The hike pace will be moderate and we will take time to enjoy the beauty.  This is a good hike for people with limited hiking experience in the mountains.  Feel free to call or e-mail if you have questions.  We will leave Shoney’s at 8:00 am and drive to a meeting place on HWY 52 in Winston Salem (would like a suggestion for a place to meet) by 8:30. 

[6.3 miles, +-870 feet,  R15}



May 24               Northeast Park

Sunday               Guilford County


In late May the weather should be warm, so let’s take a moderate paced hike at Northeast Park.  This is not a hard trail and the hike should be a pleasant walk of less than 2 hours.  We should be able to see wildflowers in bloom this time of year.  Please meet in the Hicone Shopping Center parking lot in front of Food Lion near the bank at 2 pm. From HWY 29 take Hicone Road east and the shopping center will be on your right approximately 1 mile from HWY 29.  We will then drive to Northeast Park and park our cars.   Call or e-mail me if you have questions.

[4.9 miles,  R7]



May 24                Salem Lake Bike Ride
Sunday                Winston-Salem Area 
Lets try a bike ride in Winston on this hopefully beautiful May day.  We'll meet at the Old Salem Tavern in Winston-Salem for brunch at 12:45.  From there, we will ride our bikes over to the Greenway and around Salem Lake to return. Total distance is about 15 miles.  Helmets are required. Bring your own water for the ride. Deadline for signing up for this trip is Friday May 22, so that Salem Tavern can have an accurate count for brunch. The Tavern is located near downtown Winston in Old Salem.  All participants must bring enough cash to pay their portion of the check. 



May 25               Monday night power walk



May 27               Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



May 30               Scott Ridge / Mountains-to-Sea Trail 

Saturday             Stone Mountain State Park


This primarily ridge-based hike requires no rock hopping across creeks but does include some relatively steep climbs.  The route is through the backpack campsites on the Widow’s Creek Trail, up Scott Ridge to the abandoned aerial tramway site, and back down the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.  Views of the ridges of Stone Mountain State Park, of Stone Mountain itself from above, and of the valley beyond the Blue Ridge Parkway are excellent.  Hikers can be home for supper at a normal time.

[11 miles, 2800 feet, R39]



May 30               Staunton River Paddle Trip

Saturday             Southside, Virginia


Join me and my friend Terry Painter for a 12-mile float down the Staunton River.  Painter, a history buff, can tell stories of the area’s early settlement and river traffic.  In the nineteenth century, flat-bottomed batteaux navigated the river through wing dams and sluices built to deepen and channel the water.  Some of these navigational structures as well as tow paths for mules and human beings can still be seen on the Staunton.  This section is described in guide books as Class 1-2 in difficulty, suitable for novice paddlers accompanied by experienced river leaders.  It provides steady rapids, flat crystal clear water, beautiful scenery and is Southside Virginia’s most celebrated river trip. Recreational kayaks and canoes will do nicely.  Bring life jacket, canoe or kayak, paddles, sunscreen,  water, lunch, snacks, and be ready for a great day. The put-in will be in Long Island, Va. and the take-out will be in Brookneal, Va. This will be an all day adventure. Please call, but preferably email for details.


May 31               Salem Lake

Sunday               Winston-Salem Area


Join me for a relatively flat, 7-mile hike around Salem Lake.  Meet at Shoney's at 1:00 pm or at the Salem Lake Marina parking lot at 1:30.  No need to call unless you have questions.

[7 miles, R8]



June 1               Monday night power walk



June 3               Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



June 6               Mt Mitchell to Celo Knob

Saturday             Black Mountain Crest Trail


This is an out-and-back hike on the Black Mountain Crest Trail from Mt Mitchell to Celo Knob.  This trail has the reputation of being the most rugged in the southeast with ups and downs all day across multiple 6000-foot peaks.


In addition to Mt Mitchell, we will cross Mt Craig, Big Tom, Balsam Cone, Cattail Peak,  Potato Hill, Winterstar, Gibbs, and Celo Knob.  The trail from Winterstar to Celo Knob may not be well maintained and the hiker should expect shoulder-high growth and a hard-to-follow trail in some sections.


This is an extremely difficult hike with a lot of elevation gain, rocky terrain, some potential bushwhacking, and is for strong experienced hikers only.  Weather is extremely variable at this altitude, so bring rain gear and plenty of water. Please email or call for meeting time and place.  Expect to leave early, hike a minimum of ten hours, and return late.

[14 miles, +/- 4400 feet, R58]


June 6               National Trails Day

Saturday             Greensboro


In conjunction with the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department,  PHOC club members will lead a long hike and a short hike on National Trails Day.  The plans are not complete at this time, there will be a broadcast message sent to all members as Trails Day approaches.  The PHOC will also have a picture display and members will be available to answer questions.



June 6                 Indian Creek/Hanging Rock Trails
Saturday              Hanging Rock State Park 
We will start at the Dan River and hike beside Indian Creek up to the visitor center at Hanging Rock State Park. This is a scenic trek with many easy stream crossings and two lovely waterfalls. Once at the parking lot, those who still have "gas in their tank" will continue on up to the Hanging Rock. We will then retrace our steps downhill and reunite with any who chose to wait at the visitor center.  Estimated total time on trail including lunch is 5 1/2  hours. Estimated time back at Shoney's is  4:00 pm. Bring adequate water and a lunch. Please call or email for meeting time and place if planning to hike.

[10 miles, R26]



June 7               Reedy Creek / Laurel Bluff

Sunday               Greensboro Watershed


Go past the entrance to the Lake Brandt Marina and go across the dam.  Meet at the parking area on the right at the Reedy Creek trailhead off Lake Brandt Road at 1:30 pm.  Call if you have any questions.

[ 7.5 miles, R9]



June 7               Kayak Training and Safety Course
Sunday               Belews Lake
This course is for everyone; beginners and experienced who may want to paddle kayaks on waters excluding higher-level whitewater. The course will be conducted by the staff of GET:OUTDOORS and will cover kayak knowledge, basic strokes, safety, rescue and recovery. This class has space for 20 who want to cover the basics and 10 who want to progress further and build on last September's beginner class.It will be conducted on the water at Belews Lake. There is a $10 fee if you provide your own boat and $20 if a kayak is provided for you on site. The total class is limited to 30 participants and 16 kayaks are available for rent. The course begins at 3:00 pm, and afterwards we will share a potluck picnic on the lake.  Due to the full moon on that date, a night paddle will be held after dinner for those who want to participate.  Folks renting boats for the full moon paddle will have an additional charge.  Contact Joel for more specifics and to get your fee in to reserve your spot for the course.  Last year's clinic was sold out!



June 7               Foster Falls to Draper Bike Ride

Sunday               New River Trail State Park


This will be a 36-mile, out-and-back ride at 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.  While on our bicycles, riders will maintain a 10- or 11-mile-per-hour pace.



June  8              June  Meeting
Monday              Piedmont Environmental Center

Meet for refreshments and fellowship at 7:00 pm at the Piedmont Environmental Center on Penny Road in Jamestown. The business portion and program will begin at 7:30.  This is the opportunity for members to learn about the PHOC's Canoe/Kayak/Camping adventures.  We have wonderful outings that do not require a long hike.  Club member Joel Deaton will make a presentation (pictures, comments and discussion) on PHOC's May weekend trip to Merchant's Mill Pond. He will be assisted by Ken Yates, who will present on Club canoe/kayak "daytrip" outings.  



June 8               Monday night power walk



June 10             Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



June 13             Grayson Highlands / Wilson Creek

Saturday             Virginia


This strenuous 10.4 mile loop hike includes four different wilderness environments; meadows, rocky peaks, wooded mountain sides, and the Wilson Creek area that’s full of rhododendrons plus we will hike through Rhododendron Gap. The rhododendrons should be in full bloom if the season is normal.  Eight miles of this hike will be on the AT.  Meet at Shoney’s I-40 & NC-68 and be ready to leave at 7:00 am.

[10.4 miles, +- 1700 feet, R28]



June 14             Pilot Mountain Hike and Cookout

Sunday               Highway 52


Let’s switch things up a bit.  Our hike will start at the top of Pilot Mountain.  We will meet at the overlook on the end of the top parking lot.  We will start by going down Grindstone.  After a brief stop at the bottom, we will hike up Grassy Ridge Trail and continue on to the Mountain Trail, Ledge Spring Trail, and Jameokee Trail around the knob.  We will end in the upper parking lot near the picnic tables.  This hike is a good one for Sunday hikers who want a bit more challenge. THIS IS NOT A HIKE FOR BEGINNERS since Ledge Spring and Mountain trails are considered strenuous by some.  Beginning hikers could choose to hike back up Grindstone for an easier version.  I will bring hot dogs, buns, charcoal, and paper supplies.  Hikers can chip in for costs and bring a side dish as well as your own drinks.  Meet at Shoney's on 68 at 10:00 am or at the overlook at the end of the top parking lot at 11:00.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 3 so that I can purchase supplies.

[8.5 miles, +/-1570 feet, R25]



June 15             Monday night power walk



June 17             Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



June 20             Roan Mountain              
Saturday             Tennessee


Enjoy the rhododendrons and flame azaleas in their full glory on this strenuous hike on renowned Roan Mountain.  At Carver Gap we will follow the AT trekking through high meadows with incredible views.  After passing over three balds, we will descend through a beautiful mountain valley to the trailhead at Rt. 19E.  There is lots of exposure and the weather can be unpredictable, so bring warm clothes and rain gear even if you think you won’t need it! Call for details and meeting time.  Group size will be limited to 20.

[13.5 miles, +2150 feet, -4650 feet, R40]



June 20             Hanging Rock
Saturday            Hanging Rock State Park 
We will start at the Visitor Center and hike to Hanging Rock, then take the Wolf Rock trail to Cooke's Wall. We then will hike down and join the Moore's Wall Loop trail up to the Firetower and back down to the Visitor Center. This is a good, moderate difficulty hike with great views. Estimated  time on trail is 6 Hrs.  Estimated arrival back at Shoney's is 4:30. Bring adequate water and lunch. Please call or email for meeting time and place. 

[11 miles,  R30]   


June 21             Salem Lake

Sunday               Winston-Salem Area


This is a 7-mile hike around Salem Lake.  Meet at the Salem Lake Marina parking lot at 1:00 pm.  Call or email if you have questions.  I’ll try to link GSBO people up so that you can share a ride over.  Call or email if you have questions.

[7 miles, R8]



June 22             Monday night power walk



June 24             Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



June 27             Caudill Cabin

Saturday             Doughton Park


Caudill Cabin should be a good hike as the summer starts to heat up since most of it is in shade.   The hike goes along side of and back and forth across Basin Creek for a little under 5 miles to a one room cabin in a valley at the end.  There is a waterfall and lots of other nice scenery on this moderate hike.  Please call or email for meeting time and place, and remember to bring raingear, water, and lunch.  A walking stick or pole may help with the stream crossings.

[10 miles, +/- 1425 feet, R24]



June 27              Canoe the New River
Saturday              North Carolina 
Time for the annual canoe trip on the south fork of the New River (North Carolina).  We will leave Shoneys ( I 40 & NC 68) at 7:30 am. As in the past  our 10 mile paddle starts at Zaloo's Canoes.  Midways 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 carswhere we can change clothes before heading to Mountain Air Steak and Seafood for dinner. Please e-mail 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 w/ paddles and life jackets, or $43 for a one man kayak).  If you have your own boat, we

will work out a shuttle or pay Zaloo's for theservice.  We will not be stopping along the way to Zaloo's to insure we are there at 10:00 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.  



June 28             Eat, Shop, Walk

Sunday               Chapel Hill, NC


Meet at Harper's Restaurant in Friendly Shopping Center in Greensboro at 11:00 am.  We will carpool from there via the famous and scenic-designated Football Highway to Chapel Hill.  We will (1) stop en route at Ye Olde Country Kitchen in Snow Camp for a country buffet (come hungry) at noon, (2) visit Chapel Hill's world famous Southern Seasons gourmet emporium, (3) visit Trader Joe's in Chapel Hill  for a unique and cost-friendly food (and wine) shopping opportunity, and (4) stroll for about an hour through the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, home of the first state university (paying respects along the way Silent Sam, arboretum, the Old Well, Belltower, Morehead Planetarium, Franklin Street, other hallowed ground).  We should get back to Greensboro by 6:00 pm.  Call or email Jon by Thursday, June 4 if you are coming so he can get a good head count estimate.



June 28             Bluff and Reedy Fork

Sunday               Lake Brandt Road


Lets meet at 1:00 pm and hike the Laurel Bluff and Reedy Fork watershed trails for an easy 7 miles.  Proceed north on Lake Brandt Road, past Marina on the left, cross over the bridge at the dam, and park in the gravel parking lot on the right.

[7 miles, R7]



June 28             Foster Falls to Fries

Sunday               New River Trail State Park


This will be a 43-mile, out-and-back ride from Foster Falls, a village that dates from the mid-1800s, to the small settlement of Fries.  Our trip will take us through the 135-foot New River train tunnel and over the 670-foot Ivanhoe Trestle, which is a great place to stop for water and enjoy the panorama of the river valley.  Options for the noon meal will include a small café in Fries or a packed lunch along the river.  There is a nominal parking fee at Foster Falls.  The trail will require a mountain or hybrid bike.  While on our bicycles, riders will maintain a 10- or 11-mile-per-hour pace.



June 29             Monday night power walk



July 1                 Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner