You want to keep moving through the holidays and we’re here to help you do just that. Our GetHiking! Holiday Hiker program bridges the gap between fall hiking and the winter season beginning in January with a session that reflects your busy holiday schedule. This session offers 16 total hikes spread on four days of the week through the end of the year.
The session includes 7 hikes on Friday mornings, 4 hikes on Tuesday nights, 3 hikes on Sunday afternoons and 2 on Wednesday mornings (the Wednesdays before Christmas and New Years). That’s 16 hikes, at four different times throughout the week, one or more of which should work for you.
- Friday mornings: Our 7 Friday morning hikes start at 7:30 a.m. and end around 9 a.m. Each hike is about 3 miles and most are considered “Easy,” on trail with little elevation change.
- Tuesday nights: Our 4 Tuesday Night hikes start at 6:30 p.m. and end around 8 p.m. Each hike is about 3 miles. We provide headlamps if you need one. If it’s cold enough, we have hot chocolate at the end of the hike. These hikes are rated Easy/Moderate.
- Sunday afternoons: Our 3 Sunday afternoon hikes in December start at 1 p.m., are 5 miles, and end around 3 p.m. These hikes are rated Moderate.
- Wednesday mornings: Out 2 Wednesday hikes are before Christmas and New Years, and are rated Moderate.
Total number of hikes: 16
Cost: $125 for individuals, $225 for couples/families (this option covers family and friends visiting for the holidays).
All hikes are from 7:30 – 9 a.m.
November 12 — Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, Hillsborough. 3 miles. We take the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to Occoneechee for a loop hike including a stop at the overlook.
November 19 — Brumley Family Nature Preserve (North), Chapel Hill. 3.1 miles. We pass through open meadows, by farm ponds, and atop a bluff overlooking Stony Creek.
December 3 — Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Chapel Hill. 3 miles. A little of a lot here, including mountain-like New Hope Creek, meadows, a beech bluff and mature woods.
December 10 — Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Falls Lake, Hickory Hill Boat Ramp, Durham. 3.6 miles. Morning sun on Falls Lake makes this an especially popular morning hike.
December 17 — Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Falls Lake, Barton Creek Boat Ramp, Raleigh. 4 miles. Lots of ducking in and out of coves, plus a secluded Falls Lake beach.
December 24 — 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.
December 31 — Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Red Mill Road, Durham. 3.8 miles. We pass through a floodplain forest on our way to a bluff overlooking the Eno River, and views to the north.
All hikes are at 6:30 p.m.
December 7 Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Falls Lake: Dayhike Section G, Raleigh. 3 miles. We start from the Barton Creek Boat Ramp and hike the lake to the old NC 98.
December 14 Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Falls Lake, Dayhike Section P, Durham. 3.6 miles. From the Hickory Hill Boat Ramp we hike east, with good views of the lake.
December 21 Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Falls Lake: Dayhike Section Q, Durham. 3 miles. We hike west from the Hickory Hill Boat Ramp to a grass airfield and under I-85.
December 28, Pump Station/Laurel Bluffs Trail, Eno River State Park, Durham. 3.5 miles. Takes in the Pump Station Trail and a stretch of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail along the Eno.
All hikes start at 1 p.m.
December 12 Penny’s Bend: Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Durham. 5 miles. We hike upstream along the Eno and return through a Piedmont Prairie.
December 19 Butner Game Lands, Bahama. 5 miles. This flat hikes includes open spaces and passage along waterfowl impoundment ponds.
December 26 Little River Regional Park, Durham. 5 miles. Ridgeline, bluffs, young forests and encounters with the Little River.
All hikes start at 10 a.m.
December 22 Umstead State Park: Company Mill Trail, Raleigh. 6 miles. Umstead on a Wednesday means we avoid the crowds and enjoy one of our favorite Triangle Trails.
December 29 Harris Lake County Park: Peninsula Trail. 5 miles. One of the Triangle’s more under-appreciated hikes, constantly changing character as it explores the peninsula.