GetHiking! Fall Friday Morning Hike Series


Confluence Natural Area

Make the most of your fall weekends by starting them Friday morning, with this 8-hike series of wake-up hikes on various trails throughout the Triangle. Hikes are 3-4 miles each, on different trails each week, each well suited for a morning hike.

September 10 – October 29

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Eno River at Fews Ford

Fall weekends on the trail — who can wait for Saturday? With our GetHiking! Fall Friday Morning Hike Series you don’t have to. Our 8-hike series takes advantage of the early light, hitting the trail at 7:30 and finishing up around 9. Our hikes are on trails throughout the Triangle, a different trail each week!

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.

When: Friday mornings beginning Sept. 10 and ending Oct. 29. Our hikes start at 7:30 a.m. and end around 9 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.

Cost: $95 for individuals

Where we hike

Sept. 10Cox Mountain Trail, Eno River State Park, Durham. 3.75 miles. We catch the morning light off both the rocky Eno River and from the summit of 697-foot Cox Mountain.

Sept. 17 — 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.

Sept. 24Duke 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.

October 1 — 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. 

October 8 — 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.

October 15  Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Hickory Hill Boat Ramp, Durham. 3.6 miles. Morning sun on Falls Lake makes this an especially popular evening hike.

October 22 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. 

October 29Horton 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.


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