the September-December 2014 Hike Schedule

GREENVILLE NATURAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION
2014 September- December Hike Schedule
CLUB RULES
 Each hiker is responsible for his or her own safety.
 Do not attempt any hike beyond your ability.
 Ask the leader to describe the hike.
 Consider that any hike over 8 miles is Strenuous.
 Wear an orange vest or hat during hunting season.
 Sign in before the hike - add emergency phone number.
 Notify Leader of any injury or illness.
 Do not hike ahead of leader without specific permission.
 Offer driver gas money as noted in the hike description.
 Do not bring pets on hikes unless noted on the schedule.
HIKES WILL MEET AT UNIVERSITY SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER - the shopping center on
the west side of Poinsett Highway, 2 mi. north of Cherrydale and 1 mi. south of Furman University. Meet
on the Publix side of McDonalds.
Saturdays: Leave promptly at 8:30 A.M. unless otherwise noted. Bring water, lunch and wear suitable
clothing (sturdy footwear).
Sundays: Leave promptly at 1:30 P.M. unless otherwise noted. Bring water, a snack and wear suitable
clothing (sturdy footwear). Return times for Sunday hikes are approximate
Wednesdays: Leave promptly at 8:30 A.M. unless otherwise noted. Bring water, lunch and wear
suitable clothing (sturdy footwear).
Officers
President Lynne Scoggins 268-4308 [email protected]
VP Jerry Miller 399-9658 [email protected]
Sec. Mike Wolfhard 244-5030 [email protected]
Treas. Lance Renault 244-1021 [email protected]
Board Members:
Laura Arnold---------238-2005
Will Atchley----------901-1838
David Bennett--------835-8493
Sharon Blake---------676-9177
Lisa Britt---------843 509-9605
Joe Hayden-----------201-1521
Jan Snower-----------663-9253
Dan Waslin-----------963-9867
Cindy Wells----------430-7471
Web Master Andy Heman 292-9118
GNHA Facebook Coordinator Taylor Crouch 770-377-6047
GNHA Email Coordinator
Cindy Wells email – [email protected] Phone 864 430 7471
Club Meetup Coordinator
Joe Hayden
201-1521
Annual dues are $5.00 payable January 1.
Your membership status is shown in the far right column of the directory under “Member Thru”. Dues
are not pro-rated but if you join after October 1 they will cover the following year.
Please make your check payable and mail it to:
The Greenville Natural History Association
P.O. Box 26892
Greenville, S.C. 29616.
GNHA is online at :
Club Website: greenvillehiking.com
Facebook Page: facebook.com/greenvillehiking
Meetup Site: http://www.meetup.com/GNHA-HIKING-CLUB/
Greenville Natural History Association’s
Hike Rating System
Hike (miles)
Elevation Gain
Points
(feet)
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400
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600
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4
800
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5
1000
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1200
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1400
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1800
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2000
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2200
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Rating: Add points from distance and
elevation gain
 0-4
= easy (E)
 5-8
= moderate (M)
 9-12 = moderate/strenuous (MS)
 13-16 = strenuous (S)
 17-20 = very strenuous (VS)
 21+ = very very strenuous (VVS)
Example:
M: Distance of hike: 8 miles = 8 points
EG: Elevation gain: 1000 feet = 5 points
TOTAL = 13 Points
R: Rating = Strenuous
Hike Reports: Send hike reports and pictures to Andrew Heman, Email [email protected]
Please Note : All hikers are encouraged to RSVP to hike leaders
by GNHA Meetup, phone or email if they plan to attend a hike
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
HIKE 1
GREEN RIVER COVE TRAIL
Starting at the bridge on the Green River Road, it is a nice hike along the Green River as it goes
from slow/shallow to fast whitewater. Intersect with Pulliam Creek Trail for final descent to
river. Lunch will be on boulders by river. There may be kayakers for entertainment.
M: 7 EG 1000 R: MS
Drive RT 70 miles $6.00
Leader: Dale Hamann email [email protected] Tel 864 235 9709
HIKE 2
LITTLE HUMP MOUNTAIN--AT
NOTE: EARLY DEPARTURE AT 8:00AM
Form carpools at University Square Shopping Center and meet leaders at the fruit stand
(Peach Patch) on the right hand side of highway at intersection of Hwy 25 and Hwy 11 at
8:15.
Hike will begin at Carvers Gap on the NC/TN line and follow the Appalachian Trail to Little
Hump Mountain in the Roan Highlands. Cross Round Bald and Jane Bald with beautiful views.
Continue on to Little Hump and return by the same way. Woods and open areas, lots of ups and
downs but well worth the drive and effort.
M: 14.5 EG: 1800+ R: VVS
Drive RT: 220 miles $18.00
Leaders: Pam Knutson 864 616-4750
Ann Sullivan 864 468-4664
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
DUPONT – ROCK QUARRY LOOP
From Corn Mill Shoals Access, we hike Wilkie, Micajah, and Buck Ridge Rd trails to the edge
of the property, then back-track to the old rock quarry. After enjoying the view, we will return
by way of Rock Quarry Rd, Twixt, Longside, and Corn Mill Shoal trails.
M: 4.5, EG: 500, R: M
Drive RT: 65 miles, $5.00, Return: 5:30 pm
Leader: Kelly Sprayberry, Tel: 205.331.6707
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
HIKE 1
PETROGLYPHS AND DRAWBAR CLIFFS
We will begin above The Rock Golf Course off Hwy.11 and pick up the Palmetto Trail. Then
take an old logging road up to the ridge to the petroglyphs with a nice view and debate their
authenticity. Continue on the Foothills Trail to Drawbar Cliffs for lunch and enjoy the view.
Return the same way with a short side trip to see some impressive rock formations.
M: 6.5 EG: 1300 R: MS
Drive RT: 50 miles $4.00
Leader: Lynne Scoggins 864-268-4308
HIKE 2
RIM OF THE GAP
From Jones Gap we will ascend the Rim of the Gap trail. The trail, which hugs rock faces and
crosses waterfalls, has cable handholds and short ladders for security along the way. Return via
Cold Spring Branch and Jones Gap trails.
M: 11.6 EG: 1700 R: VS
Drive RT 40 miles $3.00 + State Park admission
Leader: Jan Snower—864- 663-9253
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
HIKE 1:
PISGAH NF – SLATE ROCK CREEK-PILOT COVE
NOTE: 10:00 START TIME. Form carpools at University Square Shopping Center and
meet hike leader at Pisgah Ranger Station at 11:00 am.
Starting from Yellow Gap Road, we have a moderate climb up Slate Rock Creek to its head
waters followed by a swift descent on Pilot Cove trail. You will enjoy a wonderful view from
the rock bluff at the top. Short shuttle required.
M: 7-8, EG: 800, R: MS
Drive RT: 130 miles, $10.00, Return: 6:00 pm
Leader: Bev Parlier, Tel: 828.883.9278, Cell: 828.507.6026
HIKE 2:
LAKE CONESTEE NATURE PARK
NOTE: Meet at the Pavilion in Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Rd, Greenville (Next to the
Old G-Braves Stadium)
We will hike through some of the various trails in the park and experience the different habitats
including the three lakes with observation decks, wetlands, the Reedy River, mixed hardwoods,
and pines. Restrooms are available at the Pavilion.
M: 4, EG: 100, R: E
Drive RT: 0, Return: 4:00 pm
Leader: Trudy Bruns, Tel: 864.292.6575
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19-21
ANNUAL GNHA CAMPOUT EXTRAVAGANZA
A weekend full of hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! We will camp at BIG
CREEK group campground in the Smokies. (take Waterville Rd. exit off I-40, at the Tenn. line)
Arrive early on Friday, and after we set up, we will do a short hike to Midnight hole. Saturday
we will hike to Mt. Sterling (M;11 EG:4000 R:VVS). There are interesting forest changes along
the way, and a fire tower on top! Those that prefer a shorter hike can do an out-and-back on the
nearby AT.
Sunday we will pack up, and hike on your own.
BRING: $5.00 camping fee per person, an appetizer to share for "Happy Hour" before dinner on
Saturday, a stick of firewood for the campfire, and 360degree smiles!!!!
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED-LIMITED SPACES
CONTACT-Bev Parlier [email protected] 828-883-9278
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
HIKE 1
CAESARS HEAD – COLD SPRINGS TRAIL/ TOM MILLER TRAIL
We start at the Raven Cliff parking lot, hike the Cold Springs Trail to meet up with the Jones
Gap (#1) Trail. Lunch at the Waterfall. Then up the Tom Miller Trail (the ending is steep uphill)
to our cars.
M: 7.7, EG 1600, R: S
Drive RT: 55miles, $4.00
Leader Dan Waslin tel. 864-963-9867 [email protected]
HIKE 2
BLACK ROCK MOUNTAIN--- GEORGIA
NOTE: 8 AM START TIME
Black Rock State Park, near Clayton, GA, straddles the Eastern Continental Divide at over 3600
feet. We will hike the 7.2 mile James E. Edmonds Backcountry trail then lunch at the Lookoff
Mtn. overlook with view of valley. Time permitting; we will also do the 2.3 mile Tennessee
Rock trail with many ups and downs and two tough climbs. Hike is worth the time and drive for
great views of NC,SC and GA.
M: 7.2 (9.4) EG: 1200 (1900) R:S (VS)
Drive RT: 180 miles $14.00
Leader: Janet Aguilar 864 243-8334
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
HIKE 1:
SALUDA – GREEN RIVER COVE
NOTE: 10:00 START TIME
We will follow the Green River as it goes from slow to fast whitewater. We will descend to the
river where we will relax on the boulders at the river’s edge. With some luck, we may see some
kayakers come through for entertainment.
M: 7, EG: 1000, R: MS
Drive RT: 65 miles, $5.00, Return: 5:00 pm
Leader: Will Atchley, Tel: 864.901.1838
HIKE 2:
DUPONT – SHEEP MOUNTAIN
From Corn Mill Shoals access, hike follows Longside and Pine Tree trails to Sheep Mountain.
Hike ends at the High Falls access where you may tour the new Visitors Center. Short shuttle
required.
M: 4.5, EG: 100, R: M
Drive RT: 75 miles, $6.00, Return: 6:00 pm
Leader: Mary Simms Gregory, Tel: 864.288.3323
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
HIKE 1
BAD CREEK TO THOMPSON RIVER
We cross the Whitewater River and hike along well defined trail to the Thompson River where
we lunch. Frequent ups and down contribute to strenuous rating. Beautiful hike at any season.
M: 7 EG: 1000 R: MS or S (9 miles if including Lower WW Falls)
Drive RT 115 miles $9.00
Leader: Ian Clarke Tel: 288-5085
HIKE 2
MT. LECONTE VIA ALUM CAVE TRAIL
NOTE: EARLY DEPARTURE 7:30 A.M.
Mt. LeConte and back in one day! Alum Cave is the most spectacular of the 5 trails leading to
the top of Mt. LeConte. At 2.3 miles the trail passes under the Alum Cave Bluff and at 5.5 miles
we reach the top (6593’) with an elevation gain of 2750’. Remember, it can be warm at the
bottom of the mountain and cold on top. This is a great opportunity to see one of America’s
prettiest mountains. We hope to be on the trail between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. and be off the
mountain between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. Dinner on the way home is optional.
M: 11 EG: 2750 R: VVS
Drive RT 230 miles $18.00
Jerry Miller 864 399 9658, cell 216 276 2278
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
CLEMSON – SIX MILE CREEK – LAKE ISSAQUEENA
We will hike the Six Mile Creek Trail in the Clemson Experimental Forest. The trail is about 3.6
miles and includes four wet stream crossings. Prepare for wet feet or take provisions to stay dry.
We will then drive over to Falls Shelter and do the West Lake Trail for some views of Lake
Issaqueena and the dam. With some luck, we might watch swimmers sliding off the dam.
M: 5.3, EG: 1300, R: MS
Drive RT: 100 miles, $8.00, Return: 6:30 pm
Leader: Lisa Britt, Tel: 843-509-9605, [email protected]
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4
HIKE 1
COME WALK THE HIGH COUNTRY.
A loop hike. From FS 816, we will climb Black Balsam and Tennent Mountains, then down to
Ivestor Gap and return via Graveyard Ridge and Mountains to Sea trails. Great views, some easy
climbs; the complete hike is above 5000 feet elevation.
M: 7 miles EG: 1100 ft R: S
Drive: 140 miles RT $11.
Leader: Alan Toney @ tel: 864-380-3539.
HIKE 2
BAD CREEK TO UPPER WHITE WATER FALLS AND ROUND MOUNTAIN
From Bad Creek Parking Area we hike to the Foothills Trail follow White Water River upstream
and go to Round Mtn. Gap where we take the old FHT, looping around to Upper Whitewater
Falls. From the observation deck we rejoin the FHT and return to Bad Creek.
M: 9 E.G. 2200 R: VS
Drive RT: 115 miles $9.00
Leader: Lance Renault 864-244-1021
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5
SASSAFRAS MTN OVERLOOK VIA CHIMNEY TOP GAP ACCESS
Starting at Chimney Top Gap Access just above Rocky Bottom, SC, hike the Foothills trail to the
summit of Sassafras Mountain. We’ll enjoy a beautiful view from the new overlook. This will
be a downhill stroll back to the cars.
M: 5.5, EG: 1100 R: MS
Drive RT: 65 miles, $5.00, Return: 6:45 pm
Leader: Barbara LaRochelle, Tel: 864.382.0676
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11
HIKE 1
TRAIL MAINTENANCE---PALMETTO TRAIL
NOTE: 8:00AM START TIME
We will work on a section of the Palmetto Trail in the mountain area. Specific location and task
will be determined closer to the date by the Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF) staff. Tools
supplied by the PCF. Bring snacks, lunch, water, other necessary items, WORK GLOVES and a
big smile. Last spring we had a good turn out and got a lot accomplished on the work day, let's
do it again and give back to the trails we enjoy. Please call leader ahead to sign up, thanks.
M: ? EG: ? R: Work!
Drive RT: To be determined
Leader: Lynne Scoggins 864-268-4308
HIKE 2
SHINING ROCK THE HARD WAY
NOTE: EARLY DEPARTURE AT 8:00 A.M.
Form carpools at University Square Shopping Center and meet leader at Pisgah Ranger
Station on US 276 about 1 mile north of the intersection of US 276 and US 64 at 9:00 A.M.
Starting at the Big East Fork Parking Lot on US 276 north of the Blue Ridge Parkway we will
take the Shining Creek and Old Butt Knob Trails to the Shining Rock summit. We will return on
Art Loeb and Shining Creek Trails. There should be outstanding views of the Shining Rock
Wilderness from Shining Rock. Also, the Shining Creek Trail follows Shining Creek much of
the way with beautiful cascades and small waterfalls.
This is a wilderness hike limited to 10. Contact the leader to reserve a place.
M: 9.2 EG: 3100 R: VVS
Drive RT: 150 miles $12.00
Leader: Sim Wright Tel: 803-840-6274 Email: [email protected]
SUNDAY, OCT OBER 12
PETROGLYPHS VIA PALMETTO TRAIL – SHORT ROUTE
Starting from “The Rock at Jocassee,” we connect with the Palmetto Trail; then onward along an
old logging road that takes us up the ridge to the Petroglyph site. There are about 600
petroglyphs on the outcrop and excellent views. Return via the same route.
M: 5, EG: 1100, R: MS
Drive RT: 50 miles, $4.00, Return: 6:00 pm
Leader: Nancy Englisbe, Tel: 864.360.2864
Asst. Leader: Kelly Sprayberry
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18
HIKE 1
PARIS MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
NOTE: 10:00 START TIME
Meet leader at the park. Go up Paris Mountain Road past Sulphur Springs Shelter to the
top. Turn right on Camp Buckhorn Rd, new overflow parking is about 300 yards on left.
We will do a loop hike consisting of Sulphur Springs, Kanuga, Pipsissewa and Brissey Ridge
trails.
M: 5 EG: 600 R: M
Drive RT: 0 State park admission fee required
Leader: Mike Kaplan 864 322-4621
HIKE 2
PISGAH - SLATE ROCK CREEK/LAUREL MOUNTAIN TRAIL
NOTE: START TIME 8:00
From Yellow Gap Rd we will hike Pilot Cove to Laurel Mountain and then descend to Slate
Rock. Nice view from Pilot Rock, followed by expansive valley views from Slate Rock.
Make an intermediate stop at the Pisgah Ranger Station about 9-9:15AM.
M: 9 EG: 2200 R: VS
Drive RT 140 miles $11.00
Leader: David Bennett, [email protected], Tel: 216.835.8493
SUNDAY, OCT OBER 19
HIKE 1:
CHATTOOGA RIVER – WATERFALL RAMBLE - KEY SWAP
NOTE: 9:30 START TIME
Hike follows the Foothills Trail along the Chattooga River to visit Pigpen, Licklog, Big Bend
and King Creek falls. This is a key swap hike. All hikers will meet at the entrance to Cherry
Hill Campground at 10:45 where drivers will swap cars and passengers and then drive to your
trail head to start hiking. Up river hikers will drive to Nicholson Ford access and hike upriver to
Burrell’s Ford access. Concurrently, down river hikers will drive to Burrell’s Ford access and
hike down river to Nicholson Ford Access. Hikers will pass en-route and exchange keys.
Pre-hike registration is required. New hikers must call the Hike Leader to gain clearance to hike.
Prior to departure at University Square, carpools will be arranged by hike legs. Other hikers
must coordinate with the Hike Leader if you are meeting the group at Cherry Hill Campground.
Up River Leg: M: 10, EG: 1800, R: VS
Down River Leg: M: 10, EG: 1000, R: S
Drive RT: 120 Miles, $10.00, Return: 7:00 PM
Up River Leg Leader: Joe Hayden, Tel: 864.201.1521
Down River Leg Leader: Lisa Britt
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25
HIKE 1
CROWDERS MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
Meet at Earthfare on Pelham road at 8:30
We will re-group at McDonald’s in Gaffney at I-85 and SC11
We hike scrambling thru a rock garden to the summit with great views of the countryside, where
rock climbers frequent, lunch at the fire tower, then return to the visitors center down a wide
open trail thru the forest.
M:7.2 EG:1400 R: S
Drive RT:140 $12
Leader: Bill Twitty 864-458-9754
Asst; Bill Robertson 864-244-3456
HIKE 2
DANIEL RIDGE AREA - PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST.
This clockwise, loop-hike is a combination of old road beds and trails including Daniel Ridge,
Caney Bottom and Cove Creek. Hike along the rushing Davidson River, view 2 waterfalls and
enjoy a variety of trail surfaces and forest scenery. There are at least two long ascents and some
narrow side-slope and rooty trail sections. The hike will be at a moderate pace.
M: 8.8, EG: 2000, R: VS
Drive RT: 100 mi, $8.00
Leaders: Ron and Sharon Blake 864-676-9177 [email protected]
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26
TABLE ROCK – CARRICK CREEK PLUS
Hike starts on Carrick Creek trail; then we will take a side trip up the Pinnacle Trail to Carrick
Creek falls, then return to finish the Carrick Creek trail loop.
M: 4, EG: 600, R: M
Drive RT: 50 miles, $4.00, State Park Admission, Return: 5:30 pm
Leader: Bob Griffin, Tel: 864.313-0422
Asst. Leader: Frank Becknell
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1
HIKE 1
ELLICOTT ROCK FROM BULL PEN ROAD.
An in-and-out hike, the shortest trail to Ellicott Rock, at the tri-section of NC, SC and GA on the
Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. A little local history thrown in. Weather and river level
permitting, we will identify all three markers. But why three?
M: 7 miles EG: 800 ft R: MS
Drive RT: 110 miles return $9.
Leader: Alan Toney @ tel: 864-380-3539.
HIKE 2
LITTLE SAM AND SAM KNOB
From Hwy. 215 we will climb the Mountains To The Sea Trail and take a side trip to Devil’s
Courthouse, then loop around Little Sam Knob with a climb up Sam Knob.
M: 10.5 EG: 1510’ R: VS
Drive RT 125 miles $10.00
Leader: Mike Wolfhard, Tel: 864-244-5030 [email protected]
Assistant Leader: Jerry Miller, 864-399-9658, [email protected]
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS)
HIKE 1:
UPPER AND LOWER WHITEWATER FALLS
NOTE: 10:00 START TIME
Hike starts on the Foothills Trail at NC 281 to the overlook of the Upper Whitewater Falls for a
spectacular view before descending and following the Whitewater River to the Lower
Whitewater Falls. Return to the Bad Creek parking area. Shuttle required.
M: 7, EG: 600, R: MS
Drive RT: 120 miles, $10.00, Return: 5:00 pm
Leader: Darin Horne, Tel: 864.607.0880
HIKE 2:
CAMP OLD INDIAN – POINSETT BRIDGE LOOP
This hike will begin and end at Camp Old Indian. Along the way, we will stop at the old
Poinsett Bridge built in 1820. With some luck, the leaves will be in their peak.
M: 3.5, EG: 400, R: M
Drive RT: 40 miles, $3.00, Return: 5:00 pm
Leader: Mary Simms Gregory, Tel: 864.288.3323
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
HIKE 1
CAMP OLD INDIAN LOOP
NOTE: 10:00 START TIME
We will hike the trails of Camp Old Indian including a visit to the historic Poinsett Bridge and
onward to the peak of Old Indian Mountain. After our break, we will descend to see the east side
waterfall and finish on the east perimeter trail.
M: 7, EG: 1200, R: MS
Drive RT: 40 miles, $3.00
Leader: Joe Hayden, Tel: 864.201.1521
HIKE 2
PALMETTO TRAIL KEY SWAP
Form carpools at University Square Shopping Center and meet leaders at the fruit stand
(Peach Patch) on the right hand side of highway at intersection of Hwy 25 and Hwy 11 at
8:45.
One group will begin at Orchard Lake Campground near Saluda, NC and hike the Poinsett
Passage. The other group will begin near Lake Lanier, Tryon, NC and hike the Blue Wall
Passage. There is a key swap somewhere in passing on the trail so everyone has a ride at the end.
M: 13.6 EG: 1800+ R: VVS
Drive RT: 60 miles $5.00
Leaders: Ann Sullivan 864-468-4664
Pam Knutson 864-616-4750
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9
TABLE ROCK – BASE AND STOOL
NOTE: 12:00 START TIME
We will hike the steep climbers trail to the Stool and then across the saddle to the base of Table
Rock. Great Fall views overlooking the Table Rock watershed! Be prepared for rope assists.
M: 4, EG: 1100, R: MS
Drive RT: 50 miles, $4.00, State Park Admission, Return: 5:00 pm
Leader: Bev Parlier, Tel: 828.883.9278
Asst. Leader: Cindy Wells
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15
HIKE 1
SALUDA MOUNTAIN PASSAGE --PALMETTO TRAIL
Meet at University Square Shopping Center to form carpools. Take Hwy 25N and turn off onto
old Hwy 25 through the Greenville watershed. Continue on Old Hwy 25 past turn for Saluda to
the Talisman Camp at the border of SC/NC. Turn left at camp, drive short downhill to first right
turn to parking lot/trailhead. Meet leader at trailhead. Palmetto Trail signs present. Short shuttle
required. We will hike the Saluda Mountain Passage of the Palmetto Trail which skirts along
watershed property. Until the Palmetto Trail was allowed to go through this area, this was
forbidden territory. Hopefully fall color and some views. Leader is a Palmetto Trail staff
member.
M: 6 EG: 900 R: MS
Drive RT: 60 miles $5.00
Leader: Jim Kelly 864- 918-4192
HIKE 2
SHINING ROCK THE EASY WAY
We will start at FS road 816 and follow the Art Loeb Trail to Shining Rock Gap. Return by the
Ivestor Gap trail. Outstanding mountain views from Black Balsam, Tenant Mountain and
Shining Rock.
M: 10 EG: 2000 R: VS
Drive RT: 140 miles , $11.00
Leader: Roger Walker Tel 864-395-9027 Email [email protected]
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16
PISGAH NF - COVE CREEK - CANEY BOTTOM
NOTE: 12:00 START TIME
Starting at Cove Creek Campground, hike Cove Creek and return via Caney Bottom trails to
complete the loop. This is an easy hike after a short uphill climb at the beginning. You’ll see a
couple of pretty waterfalls.
M: 5, EG 300, R: M
RT: 120 miles, $10.00, Return: 6:00 pm
Leader: Will Atchley, Tel: 864. 901.1838
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22
HIKE 1
BLUE WALL PRESERVE
From the Blue Wall Preserve parking area, our hike will be along the Blue Wall Passage
(section) of the Palmetto Trail. We will walk between two (2) large ponds and observe the
handiwork of the local beaver population. Although difficult to see, there are two (2) waterfalls
near the ponds. This is primarily a peaceful walk through a hardwood forest along a small creek
bed. This property, located in the “Dark Corner” of Greenville County, is partially owned by The
Nature Conservancy. We will discuss the history of the property as we walk up to Vaughns Gap,
which is located between Hog Back Mountain and Rocky Spur. We will return to our cars by the
same route.
M: 7, EG: 1500, R: S
Drive RT: 60 miles $ 5.00
Leader: Bill Twitty 864-525-1089 Email: [email protected]
HIKE 2
BAD CREEK TO HILLIARD FALLS
Begin at Bad Creek parking lot and follow Foothills Trail in and out. Rest at Thompson River,
then resume trail to Glenn Hilliard Falls on Bear Camp Creek where we’ll have lunch. On return
we’ll stop again at Thompson River. Winter views along Foothills Trail.
M: 11 EG: 2000 R: VS
Drive RT 115 miles $9.00
Leader: David Bennett, [email protected], Tel: 216.835.8493
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23
HIKE 1:
JONES GAP TO DARGAN’S CASCADE
NOTE: 10:00 START TIME
Hike straight up the gorge to lunch beside the pool, then hike back. Great falls views.
M: 8 EG: 1000, R: S
Drive RT 40 miles $3.00, State Park admission, Return: 4:00 pm
Leader: Cindy Wells, Tel: 864.430.7471
HIKE 2:
SWAMP RABBIT – NORTH POINT TO ROWE FORD RD
We will start at the new north terminus and hike through Travelers Rest to the caboose; an easy
downhill grade. Short shuttle required.
M: 5, EG: 100, R: E
Drive RT: 10 miles, $1.00, Return: 5:00 pm
Leader: Seth Harrison, Tel: 404.374.5689
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (THANKSGIVING)
HIKE 1
ASHMORE HERITAGE - HIGH ROCK
When the steep climb up a logging road finally ends we have a nice woods walk to a large flat
rock where we can lounge or walk. Wonderful view of the lowlands. Well worth the effort.
M: 6 EG: 1000 R: MS
Drive RT 35 miles $3.00
Leader: Dale Hamann email [email protected] 864 235 9709
HIKE 2
PINNACLE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT AND WEST ESCARPMENT
The hike begins on the Palmetto Trail near Camp Adger Road access. We will ascend toward
Pinnacle Mountain summit stopping for a beautiful view of Horse Mountain and Rock Mountain
from the petroglyphs bald and Drawbar Cliffs. After summiting Pinnacle Mountain, we will
descend off trail to the west escarpment of Pinnacle Mountain to a bald that can only be seen
from Emory Gap Toll Road and Rock Mountain. Continuing to descend, we will connect with
the Foothills Trail and ascend to Emory Gap. We will take a short off trail connector to Emory
Gap Toll Road which will connect to Camp Adger Road. If you like plenty of creek crossings
and mountain views, you will enjoy this hike. Call hike leader before signing up for this hike.
M: 9 EG: 3500 R: VVS
Drive RT 50 miles, $4
Leader: Terry Bolt home 864-225-0322 cell 864-934-1257 (leave a message)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (THANKSGIVING)
TABLE ROCK SP - ½ WAY OVERLOOK
This is an up and down the same route so there will be opportunities to rest and relax and await
the more determined if you prefer.
M: 3, EG: 1000, R: MS
Drive RT: 50 miles, $4.00, State Park Admission, Return: 5:45 pm
Leaders: Fran Spicer & Peter Taylor, Tel: 864.297.8572
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6
HIKE 1
Rocky Bottom—Laurel Fork Fall – Lake Jocassee
Starting at the end of Horsepasture Road, we hike past Virginia Hawkins Falls to see Laurel Fork
Falls. We continue on to lunch at Lake Jocassee. We return the same way with an optional stop
at Virginia Hawkins Falls.
M:8, EG 1000, R: S
Drive 88 Miles, $7.00
Leader Dan Waslin tel. 864-963-9867 [email protected]
HIKE 2
JONES GAP, RAINBOW & PRETTY PLACE
Start at Jones Gap and hike up to Rainbow Falls, then to Pretty Place for lunch. Trail from
Rainbow Falls to Pretty Place has several rock scrambles with rope assists. Return to Jones Gap
by the same trail.
M: 8 EG: 2000 R: VS
Drive RT 40 miles $3.00 + State Park admission
Leader: Laura Arnold, [email protected] 864-238-2005
GNHA HOLIDAY PARTY 6:30 PM
Come join your friends for our annual holiday party. Eat, drink and be merry, as they say. We
will furnish the plates, cups, silverware and ice. You bring a dish to share and your drink of
choice.
Tentative Location: Pelham Mountain Estates Clubhouse
10 Violet Court
Greenville, SC 29615
We need some volunteers to help set up and clean up. If willing to help, please contact Lynne
Scoggins at 268-4308.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7
CAMPBELL MOUNTAIN TO CHANDLER ROCK
Hike starts at the red gate on Persimmon Road and follows the Mountain Bridge Trail to the top
of Campbell Mtn. Beautiful cascading waterfall along the way and wonderful winter views.
Then we will drive to Chandler Rock for a beautiful view.
M: 4, EG: 500, R: M
Drive RT: 37 miles, $3.00, Return: 5:30 pm
Leader: Mary Simms Gregory, Tel: 864.288.3323
TUESDAY DECEMBER 9
GNHA BOARD MEETING
Symmes Branch Library, Pelham Road 6:00PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
HIKE 1
RAVEN CLIFF FALLS – from RANGER STATION
We hike from the Caesar’s Head Ranger Station on trails 15, 7 and Cold Spring Branch to Raven
Cliff Falls parking lot and then on to Raven Cliff Falls. Great view from the bridge. Return by
same route.
M: 9 EG: 1500 R: S
Drive RT 55 miles $4.00 + SC Parks admission
Leader: Jan Snower—864-663-9253
HIKE 2
TABLE ROCK VIA PINNACLE TRAIL
A steep climb of about 2200' on trail of 7.5 miles. We will take the trail up Pinnacle Mountain
then cut across Panther Gap and climb Table Rock. Great views from top of Table Rock. Lunch
overlooking several surrounding counties.
M: 10 EG: 2200+ R: VS
Drive RT: 50 miles $4.00 plus SC Parks admission
Leader: Dolores Flores 864-243-1561
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14
CAESARS HEAD – RAVEN CLIFF FALLS BRIDGE – SHORT CUT
We’ll take an old logging road to Gum Gap and Natureland Trust trails to the suspension bridge
and return by the same route. A good beginner hike.
M: 4.2, EG: 400, R: M
Drive RT: 55 miles, $4.00, State Park Admission, Return: 5:00 pm
Leader: Darin Horne, Tel: 864.607.0880
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20
HIKE 1
Johns Rock - Pisgah
Starting at the Fish Hatchery, we do the Cat Gap loop and climb the Johns Rock trail for the view
& lunch. We return down to the Cat Gap Loop & on to the parking lot.
M: 6 EG: 900 R: S
Drive 110 Miles $9.00
Leader Dan Waslin tel. 864-963-9867 [email protected]
HIKE 2
FORK MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM SLOAN BRIDGE ON 107 TO THE WALHALLA
FISH HATCHERY
Early departure: 8:00 AM
Short shuttle required.
M:11.9 mi and est. EG 2000' VVS
RT:110 miles $9
Leader: Bill Algary 864-270-9987 or [email protected].com
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21
NINE TIMES PRESERVE – BALD ROCK MOUNTAIN
NOTE: 12:00 START TIME. Other hikers will meet us at Holly Springs Grocery (Hwy 11/178)
at 12:30 pm. We will hike the new trail in this preserve to Bald Rock Mountain and return by the
same route.
M: 6, EG: 1000, R: MS
Drive RT: 65 miles, $5.00, Return: 5:45
Leader: Bev Parlier, Tel: 828.883.9278, Cell: 828.507.6026
Asst. Leader/Carpool Organizer: Mary Simms Gregory
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27
HIKE 1
SASSAFRAS TO BEASLEY GAP
From the Sassafras Mountain parking lot we will hike east on the Foothills Trail to Poplar
Hollow. The hike will then head west off the FH trail to Round Top Mountain for a unique view
of Sassafras Mountain, Little Caesars Head Mountain and Rocky Bottom. Crossing over to Rock
Mountain, we will find a beautiful unique view of Pinnacle Mountain from the northwest.
Descending to Poplar Hollow Road we will then cross over Horse Mountain to Beasley Gap and
shuttle back to Sassafras Mountain. Shuttle required.
This hike requires at least two hikers.
M: 9 EG: 1000 R: S
Drive RT 85 miles, $7
Leader: Terry Bolt home 864-225-0322 cell 864-934-1257 (leave a message)
HIKE 2
TURKEY PEN GAP, SQUIRREL GAP, CANTRELL CREEK LOOP
From Turkey Pen trail head we hike on these trails: South Mills, Pounding Mill, Squirrel Gap,
Cantrell Creek, and South Mills back to Turkey Pen.
M: 10 E: 1,500 ft. R: VS
Drive RT: 100 mi. $8.00
Leader: Lance Renault 864-244-1021
SUNDAY, DEC EMBER 28 (CHRISTMAS)
CLEVELAND PARK TO MAIN STREET
NOTE: Meet by the Vietnam War Memorial, 2nd Parking Lot past Zoo
Let’s stroll through Cleveland Park, explore the site of Greenville’s beginnings, through to
Reedy River Falls and the “Liberty Bridge,” then walk up Main Street and enjoy coffee at a
surprise location somewhere downtown. Return via the Historic Pettigru District and
Washington Street.
M: 4, EG: 100, R: E
Drive RT: 0, Return: 5:00 pm
Leaders: Fran Spicer & Peter Taylor, Tel: 864.297.8572
THURSDAY JANUARY 1, 2015
NEW YEAR'S DAY 10:00AM
Once again, we plan to start the New Year off with a fun gathering for hiking and Hobo Stew.
Meet at Paris Mountain State Park at Sulphur Springs Shelter #5. State Park admission fee
required. We will have two hikes, one shorter, both leaving from the shelter around 10:00 am.
Leaders and trails to be determined. Bring a can of VEGETABLES for the stew and an extra
non-perishable food item to be donated to a food pantry.
We will have Hobo Stew after the hikes around 12:00 noon. Tom Parlier, the Iron Chef of
Rosman, in control of the stew.
Please bring a dessert or cornbread to share with others. BYOS (spoon), it is real messy without
a spoon. We will use the empty cans as bowls. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!