Summer can be a great time to be on the trail — you just need to know when to hike and where to hike. Our 8-hike GetHiking! 50+ Summer Hike Series hits the trail early, seeks out cool waterways and sun-blocking canopies, takes a leisurely pace and gets you off the trail before the heat hits. Our hikes are on trails throughout the Triangle, a different trail each week! These hikes are targeted to hikers age 50 and up who are looking for a friendly, non-competitive hiking environment. Our hikes are no-drop; you will always be with the hike leader.
What: Eight Friday morning hikes on trails in the Triangle.
The hikes: Our hikes are typically 3-4 miles and generally last an hour and a half.
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate. If you can hike 3 miles around your neighborhood or on the local greenway, you should be fine on our hikes.
When: Friday mornings beginning June 3 and ending July 22. Our hikes start at 8 a.m. and end around 9:30 a.m..
Includes: Weekly eguide for each hike, including a map, route description, overview of the hike and key details (such as how to get to the trailhead!). All the information you’ll need to hike the trail on your own later.
Where we hike
June 3— Brumley South Nature Preserve, Chapel Hill, Durham. 3 miles. A new trail system from the Triangle Land Conservancy that starts beneath a cathedral canopy and winds up passing through a boulder field (we go between them, not over them!).
June 10 — Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Chapel Hill. 3 miles. This hike has a little of everything: passage along the mountain-like New Hope Creek, through high meadows, atop a beech bluff and through mature woods. .
June 17— Duke Forest: Korstian Division, Gate 25, Durham. 3.2 miles. Includes a stretch along New Hope Creek with a pair of overlooks above rare Piedmont cascades.
June 24 — Buckquarter/Ridge/Shakori trails, Eno River State Park, Durham. 3.5 miles. We spend time along a feisty stretch of the Eno River and inland on the least-visited trail in the park.
July 1 — Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Hickory Hill Boat Ramp, Durham. 3.6 miles. Morning sun on Falls Lake makes this an especially popular hike. Popular, too, because it’s the flatest hike we do.
July 8 — Confluence Natural Area, Hillsborough. 2.5 miles. A little shorter but well worth it as we hike the east and west branches of the Eno River where they unite to become one.
July 15— Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Bahama. 3.6 miles. We link together four trails to explore everything from a mature beech forest and a deep hardwood cove, to a Piedmont prairie at this 708-acre Triangle Land Conservancy preserve.
July 22— Bobbitt Hole/Cole Mill Loop, Eno River State Park, Durham. 3 miles. We head out through a maturing hardwood forest, visit Bobbitt Hole, a popular pool on the Eno, then hike along the mountain- like Eno on the hike back.