Haiku Hike, Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Eno River State Park, Durham. Literary hike / along the gorgeous Eno / read some, compose some. Learn more here.
Occoneechee Geology Hike, Saturday, 2 p.m. Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, Hillsborough. The massive slash on the north face of mighty Occoneechee, at 867 feet the high point of the Triangle, means the pyrophyllite peak has few secrets to keep. But despite begin an open book, what does it all mean? Geologist Jean-Michel Margot has studied the mountain for decades, and shares his findings in this monthly gathering. Learn more here.
Introduction to Hiking, Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Eno River State Park, Durham. Hiking curious but not sure how to take those first steps down the trail? Join a naturalist for this most mellow of hikes on the 1.01-mile Fanny’s Ford Loop. Learn more here.
Friday Night Paddles at Lake Townsend, Friday, 8-10 p.m., Lake Townsend, Greensboro. Enjoy being on the water at night on this guided trip on Lake Townsend. BYOB, $8; or, rent a single-person boat for $15, tandem for $22. Learn more here.
Run, run, run. Do you know how many runs are scheduled for Saturday in North Carolina? 19, according to RunningInTheUSA.com, from the White Squirrel 5K in Brevard to the Aurora Fossil 5K in Aurora. If you can’t find a run near you, you don’t wanna find a run near you. To find a run near you this weekend, go here.
GetHiking! this weekend
What are our GetHiking chapters in North Carolina up to this weekend? Quite a lot, thanks for asking:
- GetHiking! Charlottesville: Fry Springs Historic Neighborhood, Friday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. Fry Springs Beach Club, Charlottesville. Easy. 4-mile hike exploring the 1806 plantation of the Maury family. Learn more here.
- GetHiking! Charlottesville: Bearfence Mountain, Saturday, May 25, 8:30 a.m. 4105 Lewis and Clark Dr, Charlottesville. 7-miles. Moderately strenuous. Hike highlights: Booten’s Gap, Appalachian Trail, Bearfence Mountain Trail. Learn more here.
- GetHiking! Triad: Lake Brandt Piedmont Trail, Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m. Reedy Fork Trail Head, Greensboro. Easy. 5.4-mile hike through rocky terrain along the Piedmont Trail. Learn more here.
- GetHiking! Charlottesville: Hike the Monticello Trail, Sunday, May 26, 12 p.m. Dairy Barn Road, Charlottesville. Moderate. 5 miles. Mellow walk on a trail of gravel and boardwalk. Learn more here.
- GetHiking! Triangle: Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Sunday, May 26, 1 p.m. Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Durham. Moderately easy. 4.5-mile hike through rolling terrain. Learn more here.
- GetHiking! Charlottesville: Franklin Cliffs and Hawksbill, Monday, May 27, 8 a.m. Albemarle Square, Charlottesville. Strenuous. 9.2-miles. Hike highlights: Big Meadows Horse Trail, Lower Hawksbill Gap, Fishers Gap. Learn more here.
- GetHiking! Charlottesville: Virginia Capital Trail, Monday, May 27, 9 a.m. Sticks Kebob Trail, Charlottesville. Easy to moderate. 10-mile bike ride along the Virginia Capital Trail. Learn more here.
Live the video
This week’s video comes from last week’s hike on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail around Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area on the Riverwalk through Hillsborough. We recommend starting downtown at Weaver Street Market (park in the adjoining municipal deck, it’s free) and taking the Riverwalk upstream to Gold Park and on across Eno Mountain Road in Occoneechee. This lollipop loop is about 5 miles. Learn more here.