Hikes

PLC’s second annual Hike-A-Thon kicks off on December 2nd. Not registered? It’s not too late! Register here, start spreading the word and get hiking!

Not planning to register for Hike-A-Thon but still want to come out? These hikes are open to anyone. Join us and just consider chipping in to support one of our hiker’s goals!

Now..on to the hikes! PLC staff will be on hand and each of these outings but you’ll be hiking on your own, they are not guided hikes.

Looking for suggestions for a hiking plan? Here you go:

 

  • The 28 Mile January Challenge

    Take on all 8 hikes and you will hike 28 miles over the course of Hike-A-Thon. Go all in! You can do it!

    The hikes: All of them!

    Total distance: approximately 28 miles

  • First Day Hike on January 1st

    Commit to starting the New Year out on the trail. We have options in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, attend one or both!

    The hikes:

    Hike-a-Thon First Day: Greensboro

    Monday, January 1st. Greensboro, Owl’s Roost, 9am-12pm

    Hike-A-Thon First Day: Family hike and farm tour in Winston-Salem

    Monday, January 1st, Winston-Salem, Crossnore School, 1pm-3pm

    Total distance: approximately 3-5 miles each hike.

  • The State Park Hike-A-Thon Tour

    PLC has worked with closely with the state parks over the years to expand and improve their offerings. For Hike-A-Thon you can see three of them on three Saturdays in December and January.

    The hikes:

    Kick Off Hike at Pilot Mountain State Park

    Saturday, December 2nd the Pilot Creek Trail at Pilot Mountain State Park

    10am-12pm

    Hike at Hanging Rock State Park

    Saturday, Jan 13th, Hanging Rock State Park

    9am to 2pm

     

    The Wrap-Up Hike

    Saturday, January 27th, Haw River State Park, Iron Ore Access (Great Blue Heron Loop Trail) 10-12pm

    Total distance: Approximately 14 miles, depending on your trail selection at Hanging Rock State Park.

 

More details on all our planned hikes are below.

More information will be provided on our Facebook page and by email as hikes get closer. See you on the trail!


Kick Off Hike at Pilot Mountain State Park

Saturday, December 2nd the Pilot Creek Trail at Pilot Mountain State Park, 10am-12pm

PLC facilitated an addition to the park which resulted in this new hiking trail. It’s a great one! Please note, the trailhead is NOT within the main entrance to the park. More information found here!

 

 

Miles: 6.1

Grade: Moderate

 


Hike-a-Thon First Day: Greensboro

Monday, January 1st. Greensboro, Owl’s Roost, 9am-12pm

Join for a moderate New Year’s Day hike at this popular Greensboro trail. PLC has worked with the city over the years to help with trail planning and expansion. Also great for trail runners! More information found here!

 

Miles: 4.5

Grade: Moderate


Hike-A-Thon First Day: Family hike and farm tour in Winston-Salem

Monday, January 1st, Winston-Salem, Crossnore School, 1pm-3pm

Come stroll the campus of the Crossnore School and Children’s home in Winston-Salem. Learn about their working farm, meet the residents and end the walk with smores at the outdoor firepit.

More information on the Crossnore School and location here.

 

Miles: 2.0-3.0(?)

Grade: Easy to Moderate


Hike on trails at Ridges Mountain in Asheboro

Saturday, January 6th, 2pm-4pm

Located at the NC Zoo, PLC partnered with the zoo in 200 to protect this area. More information on the nature preserve here!

 

Miles: 4.8

Grade: Moderate


Hike in historic Bethania, Winston-Salem

Sunday, January 7th, Bethabara Greenway Trail, 2pm-4pm

Over 180 acres of historic Bethania has been protected by PLC. This easy, Sunday-Funday hike showcases some of the best of this area.

More information found here!

Miles: 3.4

Grade: Easy


 

Hike at Hanging Rock State Park

Saturday, Jan 13th, Hanging Rock State Park, 9am to 2pm

Hikes options range in difficulty and length, pick the one that helps you on your goal and fits your ability. PLC has added significant acreage to Hanging Rock State Park over the years.

4 miles (suggested total for the day)

 

Looking for something a little more strenuous?

Moores Knob Trail

Click here for more info!

 

Miles: 4.4

Grade: Hard

 

Indian Creek Trail

Click here for more info!

 

Miles: 6.8

Grade: Hard

 

A little easier…

Wolf Rock Loop Trail

Click here for more info!

 

Miles: 3.1

Grade: Moderate

 

Upper Cascades Falls and Rock Garden Trail

Click here for more info!

 

Miles: 0.7 (You could do this one a few times! It’s nice and relaxing)

Grade: Easy


The MLK Day Hike

Monday, January 15th, Knight Brown Nature Preserve, 10am-2pm

(Hike the preserve twice to get 6 miles, once for 3 miles)

The PLC owned and managed Knight Brown Nature Preserve is a hidden gem in Randolph County. 

Click here for more trail info! More information on the nature preserve itself found here.

Miles: 3.0 (per hike)

Grade: Moderate


The Wrap-Up Hike

Saturday, January 27th, Haw River State Park, Iron Ore Access (Great Blue Heron Loop Trail), 10-12pm

Need a few more miles to hit your goal? Wrap up your goal here–take as many loops as you need!

Trail info found here.

Miles: 3.7

Grade: Moderate