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Hike through the Holidays

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Welcome to Hike Through the Holidays! These family-friendly hikes are designed to release endorphins and keep you moving during the rush of the holidays. Our hikes are every Saturday at 9 a.m. (with the exception of the Dec. 9 Cookie Hike, which starts at 10 a.m.) and every Sunday at 1 p.m. through Dec. 24. The goal of these hikes is to help you refresh and reconnect with one another, with nature, with yourself.

And, each hike will feature treats for the hikers!

Join us and hike your way through the holiday season!

Fee: $50. Kids under 18 with a paying adult hike free.

The Hikes

Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. Cookie Hike. Company Mill Trail, Umstead State Park, Raleigh. 6 miles, with 4.2-mile and 2-mile options. Nothing like a hike with a carrot at the end — or better still, fresh baked goods! It’s our annual Cookie Hike: We supply the hot chocolate and tea, our hikers bring their favorite cookies or other baked goods to swap with other bakers.

Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. Forest Ramble. Umstead State Park, Raleigh. Sal’s Branch/Pott’s Branch trails. 4.1 miles, with a 2.8-mile option. 2-2.25 hours. Meet at the Visitors Center. This hike travels through an upland forest and along a rocky Piedmont creek.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m. Farmland Foray. Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Chapel Hill. 3 miles. 1.75 - 2 hours. No restrooms. Traipse along well-groomed trail through former farmland on this Triangle Land Conservancy property. The grove of beech trees and stream-side hollies offer fine backdrops for holiday pictures!

Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m. A taste of the MST. Falls Lake, Raleigh. 4.2 miles. 2-2.25 hours. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is North Carolina’s statewide hiking trail, linking Clingmans Dome in the Great Smokies with Jockey’s Ridge at the coast. We’ll introduce you to the MST with this section along Falls Lake. A nicely wooded hike sporting forest that’s grown unimpeded since Falls Lake was dug in the 1970s. Fun oddity: for a brief stretch, the trail piggybacks on pavement from the old NC 98, which still sports a vivid double yellow line.

Saturday, Dec. 23, 9 a.m. Lumberjack Hike. Schenck Forest, Raleigh. 3 miles. No restroom. If you’ve got some red plaid, this is the hike to wear it on! This North Carolina State University teaching forest offers a glimpse into secessional forest: tracts are marked by the various impacts on the forest since the 1930s. This is a fine hike to learn more about trees and the lost art of lumberjacking.

Sunday, Dec. 24, 1 p.m. Christmas Eve Hike. Eno River State Park, Durham. Buckquarter Creek and Holden Mill trails. 4.2 miles. 2 - 2.25 hours. Burn off some of that waiting-for-Santa energy on this sporty hike, which includes a 1.5-mile option for shorter legs.

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 1 p.m. Speedracer Hike. Riverwalk/Mountains-to-Sea Trail/Occoneechee Speedway. Hillsborough. 3.75 miles. 2 hours. Meet at Weaver Street Market. Travel over the river and through the woods, and past the Occaneechi Indian Village under restoration to the Historic Occoneechee Speedway for a lap on the mile-long dirt oval that once hosted Nascar races. A great hike for kids! Then, stick around and explore historic downtown Hillsborough.

Thursday, Dec. 28, 1:30 p.m. Head Down to the Mill. Company Mill Trail, Umstead State Park, Raleigh. 4.5 miles. We’ll hike down to Crabtree Creek and the site of the once (80+ years ago) bustling Company Mill, then continue on a meandering hike through rolling woods of maturing hardwoods.

Every Monday we’ll send you a reminder notice of the coming weekend’s hikes, with details on how to get to the trailhead and tips for the hike.

Sign up today! We look forward to hiking with you this holiday season!

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