This Week’s Hikes


It’s hunting season.  Wear orange, pink or something else brightly colored if possible.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Rainbow JGSP

Description:   RAINBOW TRAIL AND FALLS in JONES GAP STATE PARK.  This is a narrrow but dazzling, 90ft falls that flows from Cox Camp Creek.   Click here for details.

Directions:  (GPS: 35. 127183, -82.649097)  Gather at Holly Springs (SC11 & US178) for a 9:15 AM departure. This requires leaving KKEPA (Keowee Key Event Parking Area) 8:30 AM or go directly to Holly Springs

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Oconee Connector

Description:  Oconee Connector to Oconee State Park  Click here for details.

Directions:   GPS: (34. 848914, -83.074378)  Meet, pool, and depart from Keowee Key Event Parking lot at 8:30 or drive directly to trail head.  Parking is limited, so pool up.

FALL OUTING:  September 3-6, 2019

Give yourself the gift of good health for the Holidays this year.  We will kick off our fall hiking season with an outing on September 3-6, 2019 at the Pisgah Inn in the Pisgah National Forest.  Every room in the Pisgah Inn has a spectacular view of the mountains and they have a wonderful restaurant.  The Inn is located at 5000’ on the Blue Ridge Parkway so it should be nice and cool for hiking the first week of September.  

All are welcome and encouraged to attend this popular event. Fifty-four attended last year’s outing.  Recently, the Pisgah Inn added a large deck off the back of their lodge where we can have our Happy Hour.  

Reservations are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  I encourage you to make your reservation now.  This will sell out.

Cancellation Policy:  From the date you make your reservation until 2 weeks prior to your arrival date if you change or cancel, there is a $15.00 processing fee. From 2 weeks to 72 hours there will be a $25.00 processing fee to change or cancel. A cancellation or change from 72 hours until the time of your arrival will forfeit your deposit which is your first night’s room and tax.  

Room Rates:  $180/night for King or 2 Double Beds.  No charge for 2nd person in the room.  Rate includes breakfast, which is served from 7:30am – 10am.

The Pisgah Inn:
408.6 Blue Ridge Pkwy
Brevard, NC 28712

For Reservations:  Book online at:  Identify yourself as a member of the Blue Ridge Ramblers group in the comments section.  Reservations can also be made by calling 828-235-8228 between 9-4pm (Weather Permitting).   Be patient, they are officially closed until April, although you can make reservations now. Unfortunately, pets are NOT allowed at this hotel.

Hiking Plan:  During the outing, we will meet early each morning and arrange car-pools for about two hiking options (long and short). Refer to the “Special Hikes” section of our web site for a description of some hikes.

Other Activities:  Non-hiking spouses can enjoy the Cradle of Forestry: Forestry museum (15 miles from the Inn), Looking Glass Falls (14 miles from the Inn). Pisgah Fish Hatchery (13 miles), Cherokee with its Indian village and new casino (60 miles from the Inn), Brevard (20 miles), etc… For more about each activity:

Solo Female Hikers:  If you are looking for a roommate, please contact Nancy Carkhuff for assistance with room-sharing arrangements. (, 864 944-1940)

Getting There:  The Pisgah Inn is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 408.6.  GPS 35.40025, 82.75444.  They are not in Brevard, although you can use this address on your GPS:

The Pisgah Inn
408.6 Blue Ridge Pkwy
Brevard, NC 28712

Questions?: Contact Susan Hehir at (917) 597-2281 or