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 experienced hikers accustomed to longer distances, a faster pace and greated changes in elevation.

The more difficult hike is listed with an “H” on the left in the schedule. 

Some hike days both the Easier and Harder hikes will be rated as Moderate.  The Harder hike will be led at a faster pace.

Unless noted in the schedule, the departure time from meeting locations is promptly at 8:30AM.  

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.

High Country Hikers


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.
CVS 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.

Southridge Shopping Center near Asheville airport. I-26 (exit 40) & Rt. 280. Turn left on second light past Clarion Inn onto McKenna Road.  First right into shopping center and park nearest McKenna Rd as far as possible from World Market.