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Linville Gorge, Grandfather Mt and MORE!

The Basics:
Event Type:Adventure
Event Location: Black Rock, North Carolina
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Jun 22 2023  8:00 am >> Sun, Jun 25 2023 5:00 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Apr 11 2023 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Apr 19 2023 7:06 pm
Event Duration:3 Days 9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:40 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
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Member Cost:$346.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:1
Minimum Group Size:7
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


North Carolina has some of the best hiking in the Southeast. Join me as I explore some of the best hikes in the area.

I have room for 7 people on this event. When you sign up you will initially be on the waiting list. You will receive instructions for payment from the TL, once paid you will be moved to the participant list.


All of our hikes will be at a moderate pace. Slightly slower than my usual pace, as we take in the beauty of the area.

What to expect:

Thursday: After meeting your carpool driver around 8am, with a cooler full of your food for the trip and your backpack ready to hike, we head to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Rough Butt Bald Overlook. This overlook is the trailhead for our first hike - Haywood Gap and Buckeye Gap Loop. This 11 mile/2200ft hike is filled with great views and will ease us into our hiking adventure. We will either eat our packed lunches at the overlook or you can eat in the car on the way up. After the hike we will find a quick spot for dinner before heading to our Luxury Accommodations. You will need water shoes for this hike.

Click here for Thursdays AllTrails map

Click here for Thursdays Trailhead location


Friday: After enjoying a breakfast in our home and packing a lunch for the day, we head out for Linville Gorge. This Gorge packs a punch with huge views and lots of sun. Todays hike comes in at 13 miles/3100ft. A hat and sunscreen will be necessary for todays hike! We will be hiking from Wolf Pit Road, up and over Shortoff Mountain and along the ridge until we hit the Chimneys. If we are feeling strong and adventurous we will continue on to Table Rock Mountain for some more views.

Click here for Fridays AllTrails map

Click here for Fridays Trailhead location


Saturday: After a restful sleep at our home, today we head to Grandfather Mountain. This is a great hike with ladders, scrambles and more huge views... truly an adventure. I will be taking a slightly different route on this trek to maximize the coolness! 11 miles/3600ft.

Click here for Saturdays AllTrails map

Click here for Saturdays Trailhead location


Sunday: After spending our last night in the house we enjoy a shorter trek for our tired legs before heading home. Todays hike is about 6 miles/1700ft with great views and is on the way home-ish. Looking Glass Rock Trail. After the hike we can enjoy or lunch in the car or hit a drive thru... 

Click here for Sundays AllTrails map

Click here for Sundays Trailhead location




The Accommodations:

I have arranged for a 5 bedroom, 4 bath house near Black Rock, North Carolina for our accommodations. There is a bed for every participant. This house is really nice, click the link below for all the details.

Click here for VRBO details

Click here for house location


Room assignments will be made based on several criteria including time of sign up, gender mix and volunteer activities. 

If less than 7 people sign up, an alternate house will be found to keep the cost about the same.


You are responsible for bringing your own food for breakfast and lunch. For dinner we will eat as a group at a nearby, extremely casual restaurant (think Waffle House and Cracker Barrel).


You can help:

This is group living and the whole group will need to help out to ensure the best outcome. You will be given several choices on how you can help including: be a driver, pick restaurants, backup navigation, king of the kitchen (and many more)... more on this as the time gets closer...

Required Items to Bring:

Layers/ hiking clothes for changeable weather

Good hiking shoes and pack

Water shoes

House clothes

Food as described above

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Food to share

Sense of Humor


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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$346.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Lodging and AOC fee are included in cost. There will be extra cost not listed for gas if you carpool with a driver. Current mileage is listed at 700 miles. You and your driver will negotiate car costs before the trip. 

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Wed, Apr 19 2023.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

Since the house is already booked, the money you have paid is not refundable. If someone else is on the waiting list and they pay, you will then be fully refunded.