Nothing says summer in the South like an evening walk as the heat of day begins to wane. That ritual of summer is made even better by toasting the evening with a cold treat. That’s the theory behind our Summer 2022 Wednesday Evening Hike series. In this 10-hike series we explore 10 different trails in the Triangle, each especially well-suited for an evening ramble! The hikes are 3- to 4-miles long, undertaken at a mellow pace, and geared toward hikers age 50 and up. After each hike, we celebrate with a frosty treat.
What: 10 Wednesday evening hikes on trails in the Triangle.
The hikes: Our hikes are typically 3-4 miles and generally last an hour and a half.
Difficulty: We take a mellow pace on these hikes and avoid, for the most part, challenging terrain, making these hikes suitable for beginners and for more experienced hikers looking to discover new places.
When: Wednesday evenings beginning May 25 and ending July 27. Our hikes start at 6:30 p.m. and end around 8 p.m..
Includes: In addition to 10 weekly hikes, you get:
- 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!).
- GetHiking! Guide to Summer Hiking, to help you deal with the heat
- A post-hike frozen concoction.
Cost: $155 for individuals, $245 for couples and families.
Where we hike
May 25 — 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 1 — Pennys Bend Nature Preserve, Durham. 3.2 miles. A lollipop loop that goes out along the shaded Eno River, returns, in part, through a Piedmont prairie ideal for catching the evening light.
June 8 — Loblolly/Reedy Creek loop, Umstead State Park, Raleigh. 4.2 miles. The first half of this hike is on single track trail running through intimate Piedmont woods; the second half is on bike & bridle trail including passage along Reedy Creek Lake.
June 15 — Brumley Forest North Nature Preserve, Hillsborough. 3 miles. We use all five trails to create a diverse loop that passes three farm ponds, two meadows and has numerous encounters with Stony Creek.
June 22 — 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 29— Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Falls Lake, Day-hike Section L, Durham. 4.2 miles. NEW. From the Rollingview trailhead we hike east on a section of the MST that offers the occasional peek at Falls Lake, but mostly rambles through maturing woods. Great late-day light!
July 6— Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Hickory Hill Boat Ramp, Durham. 3.6 miles. Late day sunlight across Falls Lake makes this an especially popular evening hike.
July 13 — 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 20 — 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.
July 27 — Bobbitt Hole/Cole Mill Loop, Eno River State Park, Durham. 2.7 miles. NEW. Two trails take us through upland Piedmont forest and along an especially rocky section of the Eno, including the mysterious Bobbitt Hole.