Date/ Day 2006


Unless noted in the schedule, the departure time from meet-up locations for all hikes is 8:30 a.m. The abbreviations for and locations of meet-ups are provided below.  


Meet-up Locations



Pisgah Ranger Station on Rt. 276, N of Rt. 280.  Meet in back lot (first right as you enter from the south).



Fresh Market lot at junction of Spartanburg Hwy & Greenville Hwy in Hendersonville.  Meet at end of lot opposite Stein Mart.



BI-LO supermarket at junction of Rt. 64, Rt. 280 & Rt. 276 in Pisgah Forest.  Meet on side closest to Pizza Hut.



Food Lion (now closed) at intersection of Rt. 280 & Rt. 191S in Mills River.  Meet at east end of lot near CVS drugstore.


Boylston Baptist Church on Rt. 280 between Mills River and Pisgah Forest.



Ingles at Rt. 64E & Howard Gap Road.  Meet at northwest end of lot closest to Rt. 64/Howard Gap intersection.



Clarion Inn - Airport near Asheville airport, I-26 (exit 40) & Rt. 280. Meet on gravel parking lot, closest to I26.



Hike Level 


Easy – suitable for the novice or inexperienced hiker in generally good physical condition


Moderate – suitable for the less experienced hiker but with greater demands for physical condition


Strenuous – suitable for the more experienced hiker accustomed to longer distances, a faster pace and greater changes in elevation


Note: The faster paced harder hike is listed first for each hike day.




When hiking with us, we ask that you Do Not:


  1. Leave the group
  2. Bring pets
  3. Smoke
  4. Drink from mountain streams


Carpooling is encouraged for all hikes and a Suggested Ride Donation (SRD) to offset the gas and other expenses of the driver is listed in the schedule for each hike. It is entirely up to the driver to choose whether or not to accept the donation.


The hike leader may cancel or change a hike due to unsafe weather conditions or other problems via e-mail before the start or if fewer than four people meet-up for a hike.  If you don’t have e-mail, call the leader if there is any doubt. The leader may also send last minute messages relating to the condition of the trail. Any person inappropriately equipped or physically unable may be advised not to attempt a hike.


Hikes marked Wilderness Areas are limited to 10 hikers. You must make advance reservations with the hike leader for these hikes.


To complete the Mountains-to-Sea Challenge, a hiker must hike the entire MTS Trail from Bear Pen Gap north to Mt. Mitchell–a distance of about 85 miles. This involves 16 hikes, which are flagged in the hike description book. Achievement patches will be awarded each time a hiker completes all 16 hikes.


High country volunteers maintain trails and pick-up highway litter in the national forest. Participation in these activities is encouraged.   




High Country Hikers

Hikers are encouraged to wear brightly colored hats or jackets during the hunting season.  Hunting is permitted in much of Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest from October through December.