Winter Wild

GetHiking! Winter 2020-21

With cooler temperatures elevating the risk of contracting COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to spend time outdoors. This winter, we’re providing more options than ever to help you do just that. We have six programs designed to address every level of outdoor enthusiast, from the backcountry explorer who’s comfortable going off the grid, to the aspiring hiker yet to set foot on a natural surface trail. We’ll start with the latter:

Let’s GetHiking! Winter Series for the Aspiring Hiker

11 hikes

Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m., Dec. 13 through Feb. 28

$115 for one hiker, $195 for couples and families

10 spots 

Every Sunday afternoon we hike a local trail, starting with a 1.5-mile hike and building to 4 miles. Includes: Weekly enewsletter with tips, resources, gear recommendations and a guide for that week’s hike; Guide to 25 Triangle Trails; “Let’s GetHiking! A Quick and Comprehensive Guide for the Aspiring Hiker (Second Edition),” with everything an aspiring hiker needs to know.

Learn more and sign up here.

GetHiking! Sunday Winter Hike Series

12 hikes

Sundays, with sessions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Dec. 13 through Feb. 28 (with an additional Dec. 30 hike)

$115 for one hiker, $195 for couples and families

12 spots per session

This is series is for more experienced hikers accustomed to going longer distances on more challenging terrain. Hikes are from 4 to 8 miles long, with most around 6. Includes a guide for every hike that includes a map, route description, overview and video tour.

Learn more and sign up for: Sunday morning, single here, family/couple here; Sunday afternoon, single here, family here.

GetHiking! with Friends and Co-Workers

8 hikes

At your choosing


Limit of 12 hikers

Got a group of friends or co-workers you’d like to hike with but aren’t sure where to start? Start with us. Based on your group’s location, size and interest level, we’ll craft an 8-hike series that meets your needs. To make sure you get off to a good start, we’ll even assign a guide to help with your first hike. Every week, you’ll receive a guide — including map, route description and overview — for a hike tailored to your group.

Learn more and sign up here.

Tuesday Night Hikes

8 hikes

Every other Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m., from Dec. 1 through Feb. 23

$105 single hiker, $195 for couples/families

Limit of 10 hikers

Don’t let the fact the sun sets before you get off work keep you from taking a midweek hike. We don headlamps and hike for an hour and a half through the dark of night.

Learn more and sign up here for a single hiker, here for a family.

Winter Wild

6 events

  • Eno Wilderness, Durham. Nov. 21
  • Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury. Dec. 22
  • Butner Game Lands, Bahama. Jan. 3
  • Caswell Game Lands, Yanceyville. Jan.17
  • Birkhead Mountain Wilderness, Asheboro. Feb. 6
  • Umstead State Park, Raleigh. March 6

$225 for the series, $45 per hike

Limit of 10 hikers per event

Winter brings with it the chance to go off-trail and explore deeper into the woods. With this 6-hike series, we take advantage of the season’s stark landscape to explore some places you thought you knew as well places you had no idea existed. The hikes are from 5 to 8 miles long and take 3 to 6 hours. Great incentive to keep hiking through the winter

Learn more and sign up for the series here. Openings for individual hikes, if any remain, go on sale two weeks before the event.

Winter Coastal Escapes

5 events

  • Jones Lake State Park, Elizabethtown. Camping, hiking, stargazing. Nov. 27-29
  • Weetock Trail, Croatan National Forest, Maysville. 11-mile day-hike. Jan. 2
  • Neusiok Trail, Croatan National Forest, Havelock. 3-day, 21-mile backpack trip. Jan. 8-10
  • Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach. Camping, hiking. Jan. 29-31
  • Goose Creek State Park, Washington. Camping, hiking, paddling. Feb. 26-28

$475 for the series (a savings of more than 20 percent over trips booked separately). Openings for individual hikes, if any remain, go on sale three weeks before the event.

Limit of 12 per event

North Carolina has three distinct geographic zones: the Piedmont, where we spend most of our time, exploring the rolling hills and rocky creeks; the mountains, where we aspire to go for the challenge and beauty; and the coast/coastal plain. Most of us view the coastal plain as something to endure on the way to the beach: A big, open expanse of … well, we’re not really sure since we only pass through. This winter, that changes. Instead of the coastal plain being a blur in the rearview mirror, we’re making it the destination. From November into March, we’re doing monthly adventures focused on the coastal plain, exploring bay forests and cypress groves, maritime woods and pine savannah, Carolina bays and coastal swamps

Learn more and sign up here.

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