Day Hikes

Explore the beauty of the North Carolina Mountains with its many waterfalls and beautiful views with the Wednesday Hiking Group. We welcome hikers looking for mostly moderate hikes of 4 - 6 miles on mountain trails with some elevation gain and invite you to join our group to meet new friends, get exercise and enjoy Western North Carolina.
All of our hikes are announced in the Asheville New Friends newsletter, The Friendly Courier, with a description of the hike, the meeting place, and the name, phone number and email address of the person to contact.

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There are three types of hikes - planned, meet-and-go and adventure. These generally take place on Wednesday, at 9am, in a regular schedule of rotation. Planned and meet-and-go hikes take place reasonably close to Asheville. They may be on a trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway or in Pisgah Forest, for example. The views are usually spectacular and the wild flowers are beautiful in season. A hiking stick is a good idea along with sturdy hiking boots. Bring your lunch as well as water and a snack.

Adventure hikers go farther afield. They may travel farther to the beginning of the hike, or they may take a trail that is new to them, or they may stay overnight. Although the challenge is greater on these hikes, the reward is commensurate.

For more information please contact Hollis Smith  at 828-633-1782, 703-477-5799, or by email .

Short Hikes

Tuesday short hikers invite you to join them on hikes of 2.5 - 4 miles in the Asheville area. This distance is ideal for folks who enjoy a leisurely walk, want to meet others of similar interests and who like some morning exercise, which will leave the afternoon free for other activities. (Hikes begin at mid-day in December, January, and February). Hikes are regularly announced in the Asheville New Friends newsletter, The Friendly Courier, with the name, email address and phone number of the person leading the hike. These casual walks are a great way to meet new people and make friends!


Refer to The Friendly Courier for COVID-19 guidelines



Hikes include urban walks in the city or in interesting neighborhoods such as Montford, Kenilworth and the Botanical Gardens, as well as woodland hikes on nearby trails. Hikes are typically 1 1/2 - 2 hours long and end before noon. We occasionally schedule hikes a bit farther away, such as the Carl Sandburg National Park, the Estatoe trail, or Roan Mountain. Anyone who is not a member is welcome to join us for two hikes before being asked to become a member. Just show up at the meeting place for any hike listed in the ANF newsletter.

Please arrive at the meeting place 10-15 minutes before the start time for the hike with appropriate footwear and water. We
do not hike when it is raining. Cancellations will be announced an hour before the start time by email. For more information please contact JoAnn McGough at (201) 819-2151.


Mens's Golf  

The Men’s Golf group is a loosely structured group of men who enjoy playing 18 holes on the nice variety of golf courses within about an hour drive from Asheville. We play on Mondays and Thursdays.

We meet at a central location and carpool to the course chosen for the day. Drivers are compensated for gas mileage. Daily winners are determined by a modified Stableford points system. You can view a description of the system here.

The members take turns scheduling play for each week and posting details here .The group golfs year-round and welcomes newcomers at any time. The season officially starts in April and ends in September with a tournament and banquet. Those who winter locally continue to play throughout the rest of the year. For more information, contact John Hammond, the organizer for the group.

Ladies Golf

The Ladies Golf group affords members the opportunity to find partners for a casual round of golf at a local course. If you are not interested in joining a league but would like to find new friends for a golf date, call Elaine Parker at (828) 230-5506. The group currently plays, weather permitting, on Mondays at the Municipal Golf Course in East Asheville. 


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