As the days lengthen and the temperatures warm, the urge to make the most of spring evenings grows. Before the heat of summer kicks in, take advantage of some of the best weather of the year with a Tuesday Evening Hike. In this 10-hike series we explore 10 different trails in the Triangle, each especially well-suited for an evening ramble! And after being absent in 2020, post-hike frozen confections (known in some circles as Popsicles™) are back! After each hike, we celebrate with a frosty treat.
What: 10 Tuesday evening hikes on trails in the Triangle.
The hikes: Our hikes are typically 3-4 miles and generally last an hour and a half.
When: Tuesday evenings beginning May 4 and ending July 6 . Our hikes start at 6:30 p.m. and end around 8 p.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!). Plus. a post-hike frozen concoction.
Your safety: We observe social distancing protocols, in accordance with state law at the time. At the beginning of the session, at least, we ask that all participants wear masks. We will keep you apprised of changes in our weekly emails.
Cost: $105 for individuals, $175 for couples and families.
Where we hike
May 4 — Cox Mountain Trail, Eno River State Park, Durham. 3.75 miles. We catch the late-day light both off the rocky Eno River and from the summit of 697-foot Cox Mountain.
May 11 — 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.
May 18 — 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.
May 25 — Buckquarter/Ridge/Shakori trails, Eno River State Park, Durham. 3.5 miles. We’ll catch the Eno River in late afternoon light, then head inland on some of the least-visited trail in the park.
June 1 — 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.
June 8 — Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, Hillsborough. 3 miles. Bring your appetite on this hike: we start at Hillsborough BBQ and take the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to Occoneechee, where our loop hike will include a stop at the overlook.
June 15 — Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Bahama. 3.6 miles. We pay our first evening visit to this popular 708-acre preserve in Durham County, linking together 4 trails rambling through a mature beech forest, a deep hardwood cove, and past a Piedmont prairie.
June 22 — 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 29 — Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Red Mill Road Access, Durham. 3.8 miles. We hike west on the MST through a mature forest to a bluff overlooking the Eno River.
July 6 — 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.