$35 – $100

GetHiking! Winter Wild Hiking Series

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Winter is the honest season. Stripped of busy ground cover, an obscuring understory and a thick canopy, winter keeps no secrets. Stone foundations from homesteads long abandoned lie exposed. Distant mountain peaks are revealed. Critters have nowhere to hide. It’s the perfect time to be in the woods. Especially if you head off the beaten path.

That's the aim of our new Winter Wild Hike Series. We'll take you to five places you may have hiked, but explore portions of them we're pretty sure you haven't set foot. In most cases, we'll start out on trail, but we won't stay there long. We'll spend most of each hike using abandoned roadbeds and game paths to discover the hidden secrets exposed by winter.

Each hike is on a Saturday morning, starting at 10 a.m. and likely ending between 2 and 3 in the afternoon.

Map and compasses skills are recommended but not required. If you're interested in obtaining said skills, sign up for the series and get 20 percent off the cost of our GetOriented! Finding Your Way in the Woods course. Upcoming course dates are: Dec. 22, 27, 28; Jan. 13, 27; Feb. 3; March 9.

In addition to the hike itself, you will receive an eguide covering where we’ll explore and what we expect to find. On hike day, you’ll receive a custom map of the hike.

Here's where we're hiking and when:

  • Umstead State Park, Raleigh, Saturday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m. Objectives: a mature beech grove, the park’s CCC camp, a short-lived Boy Scout camp. 6-8 miles.
  • Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury. Saturday Jan. 5, 10 a.m. Objectives: Backside of Hanging Rock, a 1963 plane crash. 7-9 miles
  • Eno River State Park, Durham. Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. Objective: Eno Wilderness. 6-7 miles
  • Uwharrie National Forest, Asheboro. Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. Objective: Birkhead Wilderness. 7-9 miles
  • Raven Rock State Park, Lillington. Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. Objective: The North Side of the River. 8 miles

Sign up for the entire season or sign up by the hike.

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