GetHiking! Spring Tuesday Evening Hike Series (couple/family)


Trout lily — an early sign of spring.

The return of spring and Daylight Saving Time means the return of midweek evening play — for adults. In this 10-week series we visit a different trail each week to watch spring unfold.

Tuesday evenings at 6:30, March 15 to May 17

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The return of Spring and Daylight Saving Time means the return of our Spring Tuesday Evening Hike Series.   In our Spring Tuesday Evening Hike Series we hit the trail at 6:30 p.m. and hike into sunset. Each hike is about 3 miles, and lasts about an hour and a half; at the midpoint, we take a minute to savor the sounds and fading light of day’s end. 

The Details

When: Every Tuesday beginning March 15 and ending May 17. We’ll start at 6:30 p.m. and finish around 8. 10 hikes in the series. 

Distance: The hikes are roughly 3 miles long. Each is intended to take about an hour and a half.

Where: Each hike is at a different location around the Triangle (find those locations below). The Monday before each hike you’ll be sent a reminder with detailed hike information.

Headlamp? The first few hikes will end after sunset, so yes. It’s good to have a headlamp with you regardless. (And we do bring loaners.)

What all do I get? In addition to the 10 Tuesday Evening Hikes in the series, you’ll receive: 

  • Our 6-page Guide to Hiking at Night, including tips and strategies for navigating the dark. 
  • Weekly eguide to that week’s hike, including map, trail description, and more. 

Cost: $145 per person, $265 for couples/families.

Questions? Contact Joe at

The Hikes

Locations are subject to change.

March 15   Eno River State Park: Cole Mill Access, Durham.  3 miles. The double loop Cole Mill and Bobbitt Hole trails, with a stellar sunset on the final run along the Eno. Sunset: 7:24 p.m. 

March 22  Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Chapel Hill. 3 miles. Utilizing four trails we hike the preserves perimeter, with fading light enjoyed in a meadow and from atop a bluff. Sunset:7:30 p.m.

March 29 Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Durham. 3.3 miles. Start and finish in a meadow, with floodplain woods, a deep ravine and Piedmont hardwood forest in between. Sunset: 7:36 p.m.

April 5 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.  Sunset: 7:42 p.m.

April 12  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. Sunset: 7:48 p.m.

April 19  American Tobacco Trail, 3.5 miles. Durham. The ATT is perfect for an evening stroll: it’s flat and easy to navigate, and affords some good looks at the night sky. Exact location TBD. Sunset: 7:54 p.m.

April 26  Eno River State Park: Cox Mountain Trail, Durham. 3.75 miles. Our longest hike, we summit Cox Mountain on this hike and we finish with a long stretch along the Eno River. Sunset: 8 p.m.

May 3 Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Falls Lake, Dayhike Section T, 3.6 miles. Durham. We begin again at Red Mill Road and hike west on the MST, mostly through bottomland forest until a climb takes us to our turnaround and a bluff overlooking the Eno River.  Sunset: 8:06 p.m.

May 10  Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Falls Lake, Dayhike Section U, 3.2 miles. Durham. From Pennys Bend Nature Preserver we hike up the Eno River and back mostly through open meadow. Sunset: 8:12 p.m.

May 17  Burial Mound Hike (a k a Bluestem Preserve) 3 miles. Cedar Grove. Bluestem is a new and unique preserve north of Durham. The good news: If you love this hike, you’ll never have to leave. Ever.  Sunset: 8:17 p.m.


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