Monday Night Power Walks

No Monday Power Walks! Power walks will resume in May!



Every Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner


       March - Friendly Shopping Center

      April - Piedmont Environmental Center


The Wednesday walkers will meet every Wednesday evening through March in the parking lot near Tex & Shirley’s at 6:30 pm for a brisk walk before dinner. Rain or shine, the group will go to dinner after the walk. Starting in April we will start meeting at the Piedmont Environmental Center.



March 3                    Wednesday Night Walk & Dinner - Friendly Center



March 6                   Heartbreak Ridge/Pinnacle Trails

Saturday                 Pisgah National Forest near Old Fort


This hike will take us up Heartbreak Ridge, with beautiful views of the valley beyond Montreat, and along a short portion of the old Toll Road toward the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Just before reaching the parkway, we will cut off the Toll Road trail and ascend Blue Ridge Pinnacle for 360-degree views including Mount Mitchell and other peaks of the Black Mountains, the Craggy Gardens area, and even Table Rock above Linville Gorge.  Although the climb to the base of Pinnacle is long, it is relatively gentle.  The ascent of Pinnacle itself is steep but short.  Come prepared for the possibility of chilly winds on Pinnacle.  Yianni’s in Morganton is usually the chosen supper stop.  Call or email for meeting time and place. [14 miles, 4000 feet, R54]



March 6                   Stone Mountain Hike

Saturday                 Stone Mountain 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 to leave at 7:30 am.  There is no need  to call Hubert to go on this hike. [10 miles, +-1440 feet,  R25]



March 7                   Lake Higgins Trail                            

Sunday                    Greensboro Watershed Trails                  


Let’s go for a 7-mile hike with lots of views of Lake Higgins today.  Please bring water and a snack.  Meet in the Lake Higgins trail parking Lot (approximately 150 feet from the marina entrance outside the marina fence) at 1:30 pm.  The marina address is 4235 Hamburg Mill Road,  marina phone # is 336-643-4295.   No need to call to go on hike.  [7 miles, +-200 feet, R9]



March 8                   March Meeting

Monday                    Piedmont Environmental Center


Alan Spiegel will do a slide and video presentation of a whitewater trip club members took last October at Gauley River.


Dropping more than 668 feet through 28 miles of rugged terrain, the Gauley  River's complex stretch of whitewater features more than 100 rapids with a  steep gradient, technical runs, an incredible volume of water and huge waves. Its vigorous rapids, scenic quality and inaccessibility combine to  make Gauley River one of the premier whitewater runs in the world. The upper Gauley offers tremendous class III to V+ drops in steep, turbulent  chutes such as  Pillow Rock, Iron Ring and Sweet's Falls, and rocky routes  that demand constant maneuvering such as Lost Paddle and Shipwreck. The  lower Gauley is a 12-mile stretch, rated class III to V that feels like a watery roller coaster. The weekend started on October 2nd and went through to the 4th. There  were  sixteen PHOC members on this whitewater adventure.  We did the lower Gauley on Saturday and the upper Gauley on Sunday.  


Meet for refreshments and fellowship at 7:00 pm at Piedmont Environmental Center on Penny Road in Jamestown.  The business and program will begin at 7:30.



March 10                 Wednesday Night Walk & Dinner - Friendly Center



March 12                 Mexico Restaurant Outing

Friday                      3606 M North Elm 


Mexican food has become a staple of American diet, so let’s indulge in some of the best food this culture offers.  We’ll meet at 7:00 at the 3606 M North Elm Street location of this popular restaurant chain in Greensboro.  Give me a call by March 11 to reserve your seat and get directions if needed.



March 13                 Table Rock

Saturday                 Linville Gorge


Today’s hike is to the top of Table Rock, which is along the eastern side of Linville Gorge. After hiking up Table Rock and enjoying lunch, we will descend and then hike along the Shortoff mountain trail to the Chimneys area. The hike to the top of Table Rock includes an alternative route up Devils Cellar which includes some bushwhacking and scrambling.  Scenery is guaranteed to be fantastic. Dinner will be at the now famous Yianni’s Greek restaurant in Morganton.   Call for meeting place and time or more info. [6 miles, +/-1500 ft, R20]



March 14                 Haw River State Park

Sunday                    Greensboro Area


Let’s explore Haw River State Park today, this is not a difficult hike and is only 5 miles.  We will hike old trails, some of which are not well marked plus we will walk a short distance in the woods where there are no trails.  We will have some hills to hike up but none are tall, and we will also spend time hiking in the wetlands.  Since this is a new  park, I hope to be able to have a ranger give us information about the park development.  Please meet me at the park’s visitor center  at 2 pm.   The address is: 339 Conference Ctr. Dr. Brown Summit, N. C. 27214  phone # 336-342-6163  [R6]



March 14                 Birkhead Wilderness

Sunday                    Uwharrie National Forest


Lets hike the Uwharries before tick and snake season. Join me on this 12 mile lollipop loop hike in the Birkhead Wilderness. We’ll be starting on the Birkhead Trail at the Tot Hill Road trailhead. Utilizing that trail along with Hannahs Creek Trail, Robbins Branch Trail and an un-named side trail, we’ll do a big loop of the Birkhead Wilderness with a 2 mile approach from Tot Hill Road to form a “lollipop” shaped route.  Hikers will see several old home sites, pit mines and a graveyard. We’ll start at 9:45 am. Please contact me if you plan to come so we can arrange car-pooling spots and times. We should be finished by 3:45 so bring lunch or snack.  [12.2 miles, R24].


I have this hike described on my blog



March 17                  Wednesday Night Walk & Dinner - Friendly Center



March 20                 MST Hike                                            

Saturday                 Mountains To Sea Trail                                                  


Today we will hike a section of the Mountains To the Sea Trail.  We will began the hike at Brinegar Cabin and hike North going up to the old tram site, from there we will hike back down to the Blue Ridge Parkway to our cars.  The pace on this hike will be leisurely with many views form overlooks, a great hike for hikers with limited hiking experience. Meet at Shoney’s and be ready to leave at 8:30 am. Please bring lunch and water. [6 miles, +-850 feet, R15]



March 20                 Grayson Highlands State Park

Saturday                 Mount Rogers Area, VA                                            


Today we push the Spring season and hike a different route through areas of Grayson Highlands. We will start at the Visitors Center and hike down Stampers Branch Trail to Wilson Creek and then up Seed Orchard Trail to the AT.   We will follow the AT for a possible scramble up Wilburn Ridge and then start our return on Rhododendron Trial crossing through Massie Gap. To finish up the day's excursion we have a nice ascent to the top of Big Pinnacle and then complete the loop on Twin Pinnacles Trail. Meet at Shoney's in Greensboro at 7:00 am then pick up the WS group on Jonestown Road around 7:30.  [12 miles, R30]



March  21                Hagan Stone Park                                    

Sunday                    Pleasant Garden


Let’s hike 5 miles at Hagan Stone Park today. The trail has very little elevation, maybe 100 feet during  the hike.  We will take our time and enjoy the beauty. Hagan Stone Park is east of Greensboro.  You can travel 421 east of Greensboro from business 40/85 for 6.5 to 7 miles and turn right on Hagan Stone Park Road.  After traveling 2.3 miles you will turn right at the park entrance; inside the park, please park in the first parking lot on the left.  If you take the Greensboro 40/85 by pass to 421 you will need to go east on 421; just look for the Hagan Stone Park sign.  Meet me at 2:00.   [5 miles, +/- 100 ft, R6]



March 21                 Uwharrie Trail

Sunday                    Uwharrie National Forest


We will do the 9 mile northern end of the Uwharrie Trail between Hwy 109 and SR 1306.  The drive is approximately 90 minutes.  While the difficulty numbers have not been established for this section, it is a well marked trail with only moderate elevation ups and downs that would probably be rated 28.  We will meet at the NASCAR Restaurant (closed) parking lot at Four Seasons Mall at 9:00 am.  Folks coming straight back should get back before 6:00.  Call for more details.



March 24                 Wednesday Night Walk & Dinner - Friendly Center



March 27                 Doughton Park loop                             

Saturday                 Blue Ridge Parkway


Join Hubert on this 17 mile loop hike in Doughton Park.  Please bring plenty of water with you on this hike and of course lunch and a snack.  We will depart Shoney’s at 7:30 am, stop at Jonestown Road at 8.   [17 mi, 2850 ft, R47]



March 27                 Sugarloaf & Morrow Mt and Hattaway Trails

Saturday                 Morrow Mt State Park


We'll start from the horse parking lot, but avoid the muddy horse trails common to the park.  We'll head out the Sugarloaf Mtn Trail; meet with Hattaway Mtn Trail, then retrace some of Sugarloaf Mtn trail to meet up with Morrow Mtn Trail, around the Mountain Loop Trail; and return. Please bring plenty of water. Greensboro folks meet at Four Seasons Mall parking lot beside the Old NASCAR Cafe, next to Outback Steak House; Winston meet location to be determined based on attendees. Both groups depart at 8 am and meet up at the trail head. Please call or e-mail Shari with questions and to let me know you are joining. [Approximately 10 miles +/- 1700 feet, R27]



March 28                 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 at the Lake Higgins Marina on Hamburg Mill Rd in Greensboro, in the small conference room.  We will 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 new member.  At about 2:15, we will take a hike in the marina area and may be joined by other club members.  Bring water, comfortable shoes, weather appropriate apparel and good humor.  Call or email for questions.



March 28                 Lake Townsend Trail            

Sunday                    Bryan Park Area


Meet at 1:30 pm at the trailhead located on South Shore Road.  From Battleground Ave or Lawndale Dr. go east on Pisgah Church Rd. and continue on Lees Chapel Rd then bear left at Brightwood School, then turn left at the T at Rudd Station Rd, cross over the railroad tracks and keep straight on South Shore Rd for about 1/3 mile.  Park in the gravel parking lot on the left at the trailhead. (7.5 miles, R8).



March 28                 Greensboro Bike Ride

Sunday at 2 pm      Guilford Battleground Park


Time to get the bikes out of storage before the New River Trail rides!  The ride will be almost entirely on paved greenway, with a short dirt/gravel connector though Guilford Battleground Park and a short stretch of road through an apartment complex.  Any type of bike will be suitable for this ride.  We’ll meet in the parking lot on Old Battleground Road and ride the greenway to Country Park, where we’ll ride one lap around, and return to Guilford Battleground Park.  We’ll then ride through Bur-Mil Park, past Strawberry Road to the end of the greenway, and back to the parking lot at Guilford Battleground Park.   The route is about 15 miles with moderate hills and some blind curves.  You can expect a pace of 10 – 12 miles/hour.  Please wear a helmet.



March 31                 Wednesday Night Walk & Dinner - Friendly Shopping Center



April 3                      Caudill Cabin

Saturday                 Doughton Park


While some hike up to the ridge line, I'll get my feet wet and hike up to Caudill Cabin.  Should be a great spring-time hike with lots of wildflowers in bloom.  Free dinner to anyone that can stump me on the name of a wildflower we see in bloom! Call or email for more information.  [10.5 miles, 1500 ft, R21]



April 3                      Primitive/Brinegar Hike

Saturday                 Doughton Park


This popular hike has it all...not too far a drive, an easy opening stretch, a TOUGH 2.8-mile uphill, a pleasant lunch spot, a 4-mile bluff walk with scenic vistas, and an easy final 4.3-mile downhill.  Meet at Shoney's (N.C. 68/I-40) at 7:30, or Jonestown Road McDonald's at 8:00.  Hope to see you. Contact Jon with any questions. [12.5 miles,  R42]



April 4                      Lake Higgins

Sunday                    Watershed Trails


We will take the Bald Eagle outer loop, and come back on the Beech Bluff trail for an approximately 9-mile hike.  Let's meet at the Bald Eagle trailhead at 1:30 pm.  Travel North on Battleground, past Bur-Mil and Owl's Roost; turn left on Hamburg Mill road.  Parking for the trailhead is on the gravel lot just after you pass the main Lake Higgins Marina parking lot.  Please call to let me know you're coming [7 miles, +/-300 feet, R10].



April 7                      Wednesday Night Walk & Dinner - Piedmont Environmental Center



April 10                    Stone Mountain              

Saturday                 Doughton Park


Today we will hike 14.3 miles with an elevation gain and loss of 3400 feet.  This is a good trail to hike. Please bring extra water and food.  There is no need to call Hubert if you plan to go on this hike. Meet at Shoney’s (I-40 & NC 68) at 7:30 A.M. [14. 3 miles, +-3400 feet, R45]



April 10                    Piedmont Trail / Big Loop Trail

Saturday                 Watershed Trails


This hike will be at a moderate pace with little elevation gain and nice views of the lake.  We will go out Piedmont Trail, down the Greenway, complete the Big Loop in Bur-Mil Park, and then retrace our route back.  Go out Lake Brandt Road, past the marina, across the bridge at dam, and park in gravel lot on left.  Those wanting a somewhat shorter hike can backtrack once we reach the Greenway for a total of 5.5 miles.  Meett at 9 am. Lunch afterward at New York Deli, a club favorite, is an option for those interested.  Please call or email if you have questions.  [8.4 miles, R9]



April 10-11                         24-hour Fishing Trip

Saturday and Sunday        Atlantic Beach       


This will be a 24-hour fishing trip aboard the Capt. Stacy, out of Atlantic Beach.  Leave the dock 7 pm on Saturday, return 7 pm Sunday evening.  Everything you need to fish with will be provided (rod, bait, cooler to keep fish, etc.).  Fish cleaning and filet for a small additional fee. We will leave Greensboro area about 10 am Saturday to relax at the beach for a few hours and have dinner before getting on the boat. I have done this trip a few times and April is one of the best months to catch large fish far offshore. Cost is $160/pp and we may get a group discount if there is enough interest. Contact Michael Metzbower to sign up.



April 11                    pre Spring Fling hike

Sunday                    Bur-Mil Park


Let’s meet at the Wildlife Center at 12:00 pm.  We’ll walk about 5 miles heading down the Greenway to the Palmetto Trail, across on Palmetto to Old Battleground, and return to the Greenway via the Nat Green trail. Call or email if you have questions.


Note: The Spring Fling will serve in lieu of the Monthly Meeting that would normally be held on Monday,  April 12.


April 11                    Spring Fling             

Sunday                    Bur-Mil Park Shelter #2


Join us at 2 pm for our annual celebration of spring!  Bring your favorite dish, appetizer or dessert to share. Bring a serving utensil for your dish. The club will provide pizza, plates, cups, silverware, tea and soda. Feel free to bring your camp chair and adult beverage.  Enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, volleyball or visiting with friends. Festivities and meal begin at 2:00 pm at Bur-Mil Park off of Owl's Roost Road in Greensboro. Meet at shelter #2 on the left just past the swimming pool. No need to RSVP for this event.



April 14                    Wednesday Night Walk & Dinner - Piedmont Environmental Center



April 16                    Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant

Friday, 7 pm            111 Northpoint Ave, High Point


Let's meet for a good Mexican dinner, shared with our PHOC members on Friday night at 7 in the evening.  This restaurant can be seen on the corner of Wendover and Eastchester.  If you can join us, please call me at the number above so I can make reservations. Looking forward to seeing you there!



April 17                    Roan Mountain

Saturday                 Roan Mountain State Park                      


Today's adventure offers a choice of routes for all levels of hikers...for the strong and adventurous we will drop you off at Hwy 19E to begin your Southbound trek to Carvers Gap totaling 14.2 miles with a staggering total climb of 5000'! For the strong and not so adventurous we will drive up to Carver's Gap to begin the 6.6 mile Northbound trek to meet up with our weary partners at the flat grassy summit of Little Hump Mountain for a bite of lunch. After a quick about face, we all head back to the creature comforts of/in our vehicles! The Southbound hike is 14.2 miles with a total climb of 5000' and the Northbound hike is 13.2 miles with a total climb of about 2500'.  Meet at Shoney's at 7 am and pick up the WS group at Jonestown Road around 7:30. Southbound Rating: R50, Northbound Rating R32.



April 17                    Umstead State Park Trails

Saturday                 Raleigh Area, NC


This loop hike takes us from the US Highway 70 side of this 5,500 acre park to the I-40 side and back.  The route offers creeks, wooded hillsides, an old mill site, and stone walls and foundations from earlier times.  This is an urban park with bridges over all stream crossings and moderate elevations.  It makes an easy, but long hike.  The primarily rolling terrain will be decorated with the blooms of dogwoods.  We will depart at 8:00 am from the parking lot at the former NASCAR restaurant on the north side of Four Seasons Mall.  [11 miles, R20]



April 18                    Owls Roost Loop

Sunday                    Bur-Mil Park


Lets meet at 1:30 pm at the Wildlife Center in Bur-Mil Park and hike the Owls Roost watershed trail to the Greenway, and then back again, using the Fire Lane trail for part of the return trip. Proceed North on 220, past Horse Pen Creek on the left, then right at the traffic light at Owls Roost, and then left into Bur-Mil Park. Bear right at the club house, park in the circular drive way at the bottom of the hill. No need to call.  [7 mi, R9].



April 18                    Salem Lake bike ride

Sunday                    Salem Lake Park, Winston-Salem


Second chance to get the bikes out of storage before the New River Trail rides!  The road around the lake is dirt/gravel, and the Salem Creek greenway is paved.  You should have a mountain or hybrid bike for this ride.  We’ll meet at the fishing hut inside the fence at Salem Lake and ride counterclockwise around the lake.  We’ll then ride the Salem Creek greenway to the end and back, cross the creek below the dam and return to the fishing hut.  We will have an optional second clockwise lap around the lake for those who want extra miles.  The route is about 16 miles with moderate hills, plus 6 miles for the extra lap. You can expect a pace of 10 – 12 miles/hour.  Meet at 2 pm, please wear a helmet.



April 21                    Wednesday Night Walk & Dinner - Piedmont Environmental Center



April 24                    Profile Trail to Swinging Bridge

Saturday                 Grandfather Mountain


Up the 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. Experienced hikers only. Call for meeting place and time. [9 miles,+/-3500 feet, R46].



Apr 24-25                          Backpacking Trip

Saturday and Sunday        Exploration of Gorges St Park near Brevard, NC


Saturday we'll drive to the the trailhead and hike about 6.5 miles to campsites along the lake.  Plenty of time to explore around the lake before dinner.  After an early breakfast Sunday, we'll hike back to the cars and drive to the rest of the park.  Many waterfalls and overlooks in this section and depending on timing and weather, we could hike a couple of short trails. Call or email for more information. [R-FUN]



April 25                              Nat Greene Watershed Trail

Sunday at 1:30 pm            Lake Brandt


Lets meet at the Nat Greene watershed trailhead for an out and back total of 6 easy miles. Proceed north on Lake Brandt Road, turn into the Lake Brandt Marina entrance on the left, and then left again at the bottom of the driveway.  [R7].



April 25                    Dan River Canoe/Kayak

Sunday                    Danbury, NC


This trip is good for beginners and above.  We will leave Shoney’s on Hwy 68 at 10:00 Sunday morning.  The drive is 45 minutes to Danbury and we will leave some cars there at the take-out and proceed to put–in at Moore’s Spring Campground.  We will stop for lunch snack on the river.  We should be out of the river by 4:00 and those that wish may stop with me at Hillbilly Hideaway Restaurant in Walnut Cove for dinner.  The all-you-can-eat family style meal runs about $15. Everyone is responsible for providing his or her own boat.  We can help with transporting from Shoney’s.  If you need to rent, Dan River is available locally. Call me to discuss rentals and also to advise if you plan to participate.



April 25                    Foster Falls to Fries Junction Bike Ride

Sunday                    New River Trail State Park


This will be a 32-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 Foster Falls, a village that dates from the mid-1800s.  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.  Shortly after passing two dams built in 1913 for the Appalachian Power Company, we will arrive at our turnaround point and shady lunch spot where the Chestnut Creek spur of the trail from Galax meets the main trail from Fries.  There is a nominal parking fee at Foster Falls.  The trail requires durable tires.  While on our bicycles, riders will maintain approximately a 10-mile-per-hour pace.  Call or email for meeting time and place.



April 28                    Wednesday Night Walk & Dinner - Piedmont Environmental Center