Monday Night Power Walks


Sorry, no Power Walks for November or December



Every Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner New Location! Friendly Shopping Center


The Wednesday walkers will meet every Wednesday evening 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.



Annual Christmas Party Saturday, December 11 at  6:00pm.


See full write-up in the December portion of this newsletter. Limited space.125 people to submit non-refundable fee. Cost is $5 per PHOC member and $15 per non member.


Send your check or money order of $5 per member and $15 non member:

Piedmont Hiking & Outing Club

P.O. Box 10613

Greensboro, NC 27404-0613



November 3                       Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



November 5                       20th Annual North Carolina Dance Festival
Friday  at  8:00 pm            Aycock Auditorium on Tate Street on UNCG Campus
This event is now closed for group discount tickets. For those that have already signed up, meet at  5:45 pm in front of Aycock Auditorium on Friday the 5th. Dinner will be at one of the many eateries on Tate Street before the performance. Or, meet us in the lobby at 7:45 pm if you don't want to join us for a meal.



November 6                       Doughton Park to Stone Mountain

Saturday                            Doughton and Stnone Mountain Parks


Today we will hike 14.3 miles with an elevation gain and loss of 3400 ft.  There are no steep climbs on this hike but please note the amount of gain.  This hike requires a car shuttle; that will add about 10 minutes to the morning drive and 30 in the afternoon so plan accordingly.  Please let me know if you plan to go on this hike.  Meet at Shoney’s in Greensboro (I40 & NC 68 and behind McDonalds in Winston at 8 at the Jonestown Exit.



November 7                       Bicycling the American Tobacco Trail

Sunday                               New Hill, NC


The “missing link” of this trail was completed during the summer and the trail is now open for 13.5 miles from our starting point. Riders can ride this entire section, out and back (27 miles), in about 3 hours. Slower riders can ride a portion and turn around wherever you’d prefer. There are nice restrooms at the start point (milepost 0) and at another access point at milepost 5. No water is available though. Surface is partially paved but mostly packed cinder. However, there a section of packed gravel about milepost 11 which road bikes will find really annoying and may have to turn back at that point. Comfort, hybrid and mountain bikes will do fine. There are a few picnic tables at the trailhead if you’d like to arrive early and enjoy some lunch. We’ll meet at the trailhead at 12:45pm. Contact Jim if you are coming and interested in a possible carpool or caravan. Directions to the trailhead: From Pittsboro, Jordan Lake and points west, go east on U.S. 64 to the N.C. 751 light. Turn right, or south, go two miles to the gravel drive on the left, shortly after the Beaver Creek bridge. See the blue Wake County Parks sign.



November 7                       Lake Higgins Trail

Sunday                               Greensboro Watershed Trails


Let’s go for a 7 mile hike at Lake Higgins.  There are lots of lake views on this hike  Please meet in the Lake Higgins trail parking lot (approximately 150 feet from the marina entrance outside the marina fence) at 1:30 P. M. The marina address is 4235 Hamburg Mill Road; marina phone # is 336-643-4295.  Please let me know if you plan to go on this hike [7miles +-200 ft R-9].



November 8                       Piedmont Environmental Center

Monday                              Penny Road


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 meeting will be a treat for everyone! This past summer Don Ip and a group of PHOC members went to Alaska for 3 weeks. The trip included both overland experiences and a cruise along the Inside Passage Waterway of Alaska. Don has a wonderful camera “eye” and will be sharing the most memorable shots of this fabulous trip.This will be a treat to all who would like to live “vicariously” through Don’s trip pictures and shared experiences.  Please join in at the PEC at 7:00 pm on Monday November 8 for the last regular meeting of 2010.



November 10                     Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



November 11                     OPA Greek Cuisine Dinner

Thursday                            200 S. Elm Street, Greensboro


I have been hearing good things about OPA in downtown Greensboro. Let's meet at the restaurant at 7:00 p.m. This is half-price per bottle of Greek wine night. Contact Jon by November 10 so he can give a final head count and line up group tables. Hope to see you there.



November 13                     Daniel Boone Scout Trail

Saturday                            Grandfather Mountain State Park         


The first half of this hike will be a 3.7 mile, 2100-foot ascent of the northeastern end of the Grandfather Mountain ridge from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Calloway Peak by way of the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, which has two magnificent overlooks—one to the north and one to the south.  Lunch will be on 5964-foot Calloway Peak, with superb views in many directions.  The return route will also include overlooks along the Cragway Trail and the Nuwati Trail.  Several ladders on the route must be negotiated, but they are not in locations which create a vertigo problem.  We will hope that cool, dry November conditions will allow for crisp, clear distance views.  The difficulty of the trail surface in sections makes comfortable hiking boots advisable.  Bring water, lunch, and rain gear.  Contact David if interested in this outing.  [7.5 miles, 2200 feet, R33]



November 13                     Daniel Boone and Grandfather Trails

Saturday                            Grandfather Mt SP


I haven’t done this trail yet this year, so join me for this very difficult hike and enjoy the best views in the state!  While not a lot of miles, there are rocks to scramble over and around; ladders to scramble up & down; cables to hold on to for dear life; and one little rocky chute to navigate - twice.  If the weather cooperates we’ll start on the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike to the mile high swinging bridge, and get back to the cars before dark.  Makes me tired just thinking about it.  Email for meeting time & place. [10.8 mi +/- 3000 feet R50+]



November 13                     Fall Bike Ride on the Virginia Creeper

Saturday                            Damascus, VA
Join us and ride through the leaves on the VA Creeper Trail.With many of the leaves on the ground, the views should be great. Joel will lead (or follow) a hardy group up White Top Mountain to join Andy who is leading the more casual group that shuttles to the top for the 17 mile coast back to Damascus. Bring your own bike or if in the casual group, rentals are available. Leave Shoney's at 7:00 for the 2.5 hour drive. Call or email to register and for  details.



November 14                     Moore’s Knob

Sunday                               Hanging Rock State Part


Let's meet at Shoney's (NC-68 & I-40) at 12 noon or at the Hanging Rock Visitor Center at 1:15 PM. We will hike up to Moore's Knob which is about a total of 5 miles round trip.Please call or e-mail if you plan on going. [R-12].



November 17                     Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



November 19                     Fire & Sticks Japanese Steakhouse

Friday                                 Hwy 68 High Point,NC


3rd Annual Pre-Thanksgiving PHOC Non Turkey Dinner at Fire and Sticks Japanese Steakhouse. No Turkey and dressing, but a good time will be had by all.  Here, we find great food (check the menu at, 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 5 consecutive years by the Pritchett household.  Reservations a must, please let me know by November 18th.



November 20-21               Thomas Knob Backpacking

Saturday-Sunday               Mt. Rogers NRA


The moon will be full, the weather will be clear, so I’m headed up to Mt Rogers for my final backpacking trip of the year.  It can get just a little chilly up there in late November, so the exact route will depend on snow – if any – and temperatures.  No more than 10 miles each day, and probably less.  I’ve hiked almost every trail up there, but plan to hit some I’ve rarely done.  You should plan on having at least a 20 degree sleeping bag.  Email for more details as the date gets closer. [15-20 miles +/- 1500 miles R-Cold]



November 20                     Grayson Highlands

Saturday                            Mount Rogers NRA


Join me for my favorite loop encompassing incredible vistas, rocky peaks, towering rhododendrons , and if we're lucky, wild ponies. We'll start at Massie Gap in Grayson Highlands State Park and hike the AT to Scales, where we will have lunch.  We'll continue on the AT, then cut across on the Pine Mountain Trail to Rhododendron Gap, and back to Massie Gap on the AT again.  About 8 of the 10.4-mile hike will be on the AT.  Bring water, raingear, and warm layers. Meet at Shoney's (I-40 & NC68) at 7 a.m. or McD's Jonestown at 7:30.  Please call or email leader to sign up in advance of the hike.  [10.4 miles, +-1700 feet, R-28].



November 20                     Bluff Mountain Trail

Saturday                            Doughton Park


This 8 mile hike if for everyone.  The hike has great views and no hard climbs.  This hike parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway and the hike pace will be moderate.  Please meet in Greensboro at Shoney’s [I-40 &68] and be ready to leave at 7:30 or in Winston at the Jonestown exit behind McDonalds at 8.  Please let me know if you plan to go on this hike.  [8 miles +-725 ft. R-15]



November 21                     Birkhead Wilderness

Sunday                               Asheboro


Join Jim Plant in the Uwharries for a joint club hike with the Triad Hiking and Outdoors Group. We’ll be utilizing the 6 mile “Birkhead loop” comprising of Robbins Branch Trail, Hannah Creek Trail and part of the Birkhead Mountain Trail. There will be a 7 mile hike (R-15) and a 9 mile (R-20) option adding Fern Valley Trail. We’ll see old home sites, Bingham Graveyard, several creeks but creek crossings should not be an issue. The Fern Valley option will go by several old pit mines. After the hike, we’ll have a short tailgate social allowing club members to swap lies and tell tall tales. Carpool at the old Nascar Café building at Four Seasons Town Center 10:45am. Please contact Jim if you are participating.



November 24                     Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



November 27                     Tanawha Trail

Saturday                            Grandfather Mountain


Too much turkey, dressing and punkin' pie? Let's burn those calories off on the Tanawha Trail! We will start at Beacon Heights and hike along the BRP, under the Viaduct (Vynotachicken), over Rough Ridge all the way to Price Lake Campground. This is a shuttle hike. Dogs are prohibited on the environmentally sensitive areas on this hike. After hike dinner in either Holiday Decorated Blowing Rock or Boone. This hike is weather dependent, so you must reply if planning to hike. Email for the best Tee Times! {13 miles,2000 feet,  R33}.



November 28                     PEC Trails

Sunday, 9am                      Piedmont Environmental Center


Join me for a Sunday morning hike along the lake shore trails at the Piedmont Environmental Center (PEC) on Penny Road in High Point. We will hike 3 of my favorite trails: The Bill Faver Lakeshore Trail and Raccoon Trail, both in the South Preserve, and the Deep River Trail in the North Preserve. We will return via the Greenway. Just a word of caution: Lake trails can be a tad muddy in wet conditions. Be sure to bring water. No need to contact me unless you have questions. Please meet at 9am in the PEC parking lot. [7.5 miles]   



December 1                       Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



December 2                       Taste of Thai

Thursday                            1500 Mill Street, Greensboro


Let’s visit a different Thai place than where we usually eat.Taste of Thai offers a good variety of authentic dishes with a long list of menu items, it will be difficult to chose from.They have proven to be a well established Greensboro eating establishment throughout the years. Join me in their warm atmosphere at 7:00 Thursday to get a head start on the weekend. They are located off Battleground, by Wendover Ave. Please call or E-mail me by Monday, November 29, to reserve a spot. 



December 4                       Heartbreak Ridge to Blue Ridge Pinnacle

Saturday                            Old Fort


This hike starts near Old Fort, parallels a creek for  a warm up stretch, and then starts climbing up Heartbreak Ridge.The climb is not steep but it is unrelenting.To compensate, there are lots of good views to be had along the way. It then goes up steeply for a relatively short distance to the top of Blue Ridge Pinnacle, with 360 degree views of Mt. Mitchell, Graybeard, Table Rock, etc…  After lunch on Pinnacle, we’ll head back down. Those interested will stop at Yianni’s for dinner on the way back. Call or email for meeting times and places. [14 miles; +/- 4000’; R54]



December 4                       Cone Park Carriage Roads

Saturday                            BRP, Blowing Rock 


Let’s head up to Moses Cone Manor near Blowing Rock today for a moderate hike on the wide carriage trails there.  Utilizing some that are less traveled, we begin at Bass Lake, wind through the Maze, up Black Bottom Road and Watkins Road to the Manor House, cross under the Blue Ridge Parkway for a loop around Trout Lake, back by the Manor House, down Deer Park Road, and then the Loop of Bass Lake.  The views at the Manor House are not to be missed.  An early dinner in Blowing Rock before returning is an option for those interested.  Call or email for meeting time and location.  [11 miles; +/- 600 feet; R17]



December 4                                       Doughton Park Loop

Saturday                             Doughton Park


Join Hubert on this 17 mile loop hike that has some great views.  Most of the elevation gain is in the first 4.2 miles of this wonderful hike.  Please keep in mind that the weather can change from the forecast so be prepared.  Please meet  in Greensboro at Shoney’s [I-40 &68] and be ready to leave at 7:30 or Jonestown Road in WS at 8 AM. Please let me know if you plan to go on this hike. [17 mi, +/- 2850 ft, R-47].



December 5                       State Parks Trail Maintenance

Sunday 1-5 PM                  Hanging Rock & Pilot Mountain


The rangers at our state parks are woefully understaffed and could use our help.  Trail maintenance is only one of the activities that compete for staff and funds already stretched to the limit.  Come out this afternoon for a few hours and give back a little to help maintain the trails in these two nearby parks that so many of us dearly love.  We will be assisting park staff in a variety of tasks on the trails in each park.  Normal hiking attire should be sufficient with the addition of work gloves.  Bring snacks and water.  Contact Matt or Jay if you have questions and if you will be joining us. Matt will be coordinating activities at Pilot Mountain and Jay will do the same at Hanging Rock.  Please let them know which park you will be assisting with so that they may coordinate with the rangers for tools and materials. The club will sponsor a chili dinner afterward for our hard work.  We hope to see many of you there.



December 5                       Greenway and Palmetto Trail
Sunday                               Bur-Mil Park
Let's meet at 1:00 in front of the Wildlife Center at Bur-Mil Park. We'll walk approximately 5 miles,down the greenway to the Palmetto trail and walking a short distance on Nat Green before we connect back to the greenway. Call or email if you have questions.



December 8                       Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



December 11                     Indian Creek Trail

Saturday                            Hanging Rock State Park


Let’s go on a hike close to home today on one of the less crowded trails at Hanging Rock and make it home in plenty of time for the Christmas party.  Beginning at the Dan River trailhead, we will walk alongside beautiful Indian Creek with a few easy stream crossings.    The stream is usually low, but it has been known to swell after a big rain, so bring your poles if you use them. The trail carries us through mature rhododendron groves and by both Window Falls and Hidden Falls.  We will take time to explore them if you like.  We will continue on to the end of the trail near the Visitor’s Center where we will have lunch before beginning our return.  This is an easy-moderate hike, good for the beginner or seasoned veterans, and will be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.  Please call or email to let me know you are coming, or if you have questions.  Meet at Shoney’s at 8:00 am or 9:00 am in the parking area by the river at the end of Flinchum Road.  [7.6 miles; +/- 1000 feet; R18]



December 11                     Annual Christmas Party

Saturday 6:00pm              RH Barringer Distributing Co.

1620 Fairfax Road             Greensboro, NC 27407


Come on out and join the fun at RH Barringer Distributing Company at 1620 Fairfax Road in Greensboro. This location is courtesy of Fred Craig. The party starts at 6:00pm. The catered dinner will be at 6:30pm. Dinner will be grilled chicken, pasta bar, salad, steamed vegetables and sourdough rolls. Tea, punch and soda will be provided .Bring your own adult beverage if you like. Bring a dessert to share if you like. This year there will be no gift exchange. We have replaced it with another fun activity. There will be dancing after the dinner and activity.


Non-refundable cost of $5 per PHOC member and $15 per non PHOC member. Guests and PHOC members both pay the Christmas Party fee. This event will be limited to the first 125 members and guests who submit their payment. Last year, all 125 spaces were filled in 2 weeks and we had a waiting list.


Send your payment (check or money order) of $5 per member and $15 non member:

Piedmont Hiking & Outing Club

P.O. Box 10613

Greensboro, NC 27404-0613



December 12                     Lake Townsend in Greensboro

Sunday                              Greensboro Watershed Trails


Join Nicole for a gentle hike along Lake Townsend and toward Lake Jeanette on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  We will walk the Peninsula, West House, and Osprey trails, for a tad over 8 miles.  We will meet on the small dirt parking lot across the Peninsula trailhead.   To get there, travel north on Church street (from downtown), cross Lake Townsend one time and travel another mile or so; just before you are ready to cross Lake Townsend again, you will see a small parking area on the left-hand side of the road.  That’s the meeting point.  Bring water, a snack, and comfortable walking shoes (the Osprey trail can get quite muddy). We will meet a few minutes before 1:30 pm.  And as you all know, I am the club’s weather optimist, so I promise you the gentle rays of a late fall afternoon sun.  Please call Nicole to let her know you're coming (contact info above). [R10].



December 12                     New Member Orientation

Sunday                               Lake Higgins Marina

Prospective, recent or new members meet at 1:30 pm at the small conference room at Lake Higgins Marina on Hamburg Mill Road in Greensboro. Gale and Ken will welcome members, discuss PHOC and its opportunities, gear, conditioning, and the hike rating system, and answer any questions you may have. At about 2:15 pm we will do about a four-mile easy walk, joined by any other interested members. Bring water and a snack. We should be done around 4:00 pm. Hope to see you. Contact Gale or Ken with any questions.



December 18                     Flat Rock and Grassy Gap Trails

Saturday                            Doughton Park


Let's head for Doughton Park and hike up the Flat Rock Trail and down Grassy Gap.  We will be hiking this beautifully wooded trail at a time of year when the rigors of deep winter are not yet upon us and the warmth of the gentle sun lingers on.  This hike is a loop of 12 miles with approximately 2000 feet elevation gain.  For those who want to eat a bite before heading back to Greensboro, Elkin offers several exciting opportunities.  We will meet at Shoney's at 7:30 am. Please call Nicole and let her know you're coming.  Approximately 11 miles. +/-1800 ft.  [R-32]



December 18                     Babel Tower  

Saturday                            Linville Gorge


This Saturday’s hike into the Gorge will be down the Babel Tower Trail, including a trip to the top of Babel Tower. We will continue along the Linville River Trail taking time for a leisurely lunch by the river, before climbing out on the Conley Cove Trail. The total distance is about seven miles and is very strenuous.  On the way home we will have dinner in Morganton at our favorite Greek Restaurant Yianni’s. Call Ben for meeting place and time. [ 7mi, R36]



December 19                     Haw River State Park

Sunday                               Brown Summit, NC


Lets hike at Haw River State Park today. Lets meet in the Summit visitors center at 1:30.  The address is 339 Conference Ctr. Dr. Brown Summit, N. C. 27214.  For directions: from hwy 150 and Church St. north of Greensboro go east on 150 approximately 2 miles and turn left onto Spearman Rd.  Travel 1.5 miles and turn left into Conference Ctr. Dr. and follow the signs to the conference center. [5 mi R-10]



December 22                     Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner

December 29                     Wednesday Night Walk and Dinner



January 1                           New Year’s Day Hike

Saturday                            Hanging Rock State Park


Meet at Shoney’s I-40 & 68 at 11 AM or noon at the Visitors Center.  This traditional New Years Day hike is always a well attended, grand affair. Come and join the fun. Volunteers to lead the hike(s) are always welcome, and can be announced up to the last minute!