Hiking Clubs in WNC

There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and there's no better way to enjoy this beautiful, natural scenery than hiking. Visit the clubs below, join one, and then get outdoors regularly. The hiking clubs below host a variety of events. Visit their web sites for specific hikes, schedules, reports, and upcoming events.

Asheville Amblers Walking Club
Asheville Amblers hosts non-competitive walks and social occasions for the whole family in scenic and historic areas of western North Carolina. The Asheville Amblers Walking Club meets once a month following a walk.

Asheville Hiking Group
The Asheville Hiking Group holds short hikes, full-day and overnight hikes for all athletic levels, from beginners to experts.

Blue Ridge Hiking Club
The BRHC is an informal group of hiking enthusiasts in north-western North Carolina, an area known as the High Country.  Full-time and part-time residents as well as visitors are welcome. Hikes are scheduled year-round in places such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Mountains-to-Sea trail, the Appalachian Trail, Linville Gorge, Roan Mountain (Tennessee), and the Virginia Creeper Trail (Virginia) to suit all interests and levels of ability. Hikes range in difficulty from easy to strenuous.  At the Club Calendar you will find a complete list of upcoming hikes and other club events.

Carolina Mountain Club
Carolina Mountain Club is the oldest hiking club in the region. It has four programs to help hikers reach many outdoor destinations. These include South Beyond 6000 (SB6K) - hiking the 40 southeastern 6,000 foot peaks; Lookout Tower Challenge (LTC) - hiking 24 fire towers in WNC; Pisgah 400 (P400) - hiking all 400 miles of trails in the Pisgah Ranger District; Waterfall & Cascade 100 (WC100) - hiking 100 of WNC's most spectacular waterfalls. Members earn patches when they complete these challenges. Carolina Mountain Club also maintains a portion of the Appalachian Trail and other hiking trails in the Carolinas.

Mountain High Hikers
Mountain High Hikers hosts several hikes each week for a variety of hiking skills. Prospective members and guests are invited. Mountain High Hikers Club members are active in trail maintenance and schedule monthly work trips in both North Carolina and Georgia.

Nantahala Hiking Club
The Nantahala Hiking Club is based in Franklin, NC, and maintains almost 59 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The Nantahala Hiking Club also leads hikes for students, as well as weekend hikes for members.

Outdoor Club South
The Asheville Outdoor Club South holds regular socials and meet-and-greets for new members, and to plan future events. The club also hosts hikes, backpacking and camping trips, mountain and road biking, canoeing, kayaking and rafting, climbing, caving, horseback riding, skydiving, hang gliding and more.

31 Jul 2012

By Steve Wike