Outdoors group! Fresh Air. Fellowship. Hike with Covenant.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to the body and soul.” ~John Muir

Led by Rev. Grady Moseley and Lauren Sawyers, the hikes are accessible for all ages and skill levels. Below are dates, locations, what to expect and what to bring. Questions? Contact Lauren at lauren.y.sawyers@gmail.com. In case of bad weather, check the Covenant website for status updates. 

Lake Norman State Park

“The earth has music for those who listen.” ~Shakespeare

When: Saturday, August 3 at 9:00 a.m. (or meet at Covenant at 8 a.m. to carpool)

Where to meet: Lake Norman State Park Visitor Center parking lot (Address: 759 State Park Road, Troutman, NC 28166). Here, you’ll find restrooms and educational exhibits.

What to expect: The Hawk Loop trail is 3.0 moderate miles of the 30-mile Itusi Trail. This gently rolling natural-surface footpath winds through shady wooded areas adjacent to Hick’s Creek. After the hike, consider renting a pedal boat, kayak, stand up paddle board, or canoe from the Visitor Center ($7/hour; all equipment included) or enjoy a picnic by the lake.

What to bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water and snacks
  • Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Bug spray
  • Cash for boat rentals ($7/hour)
  • Bathing suit, towels and/or a change of clothes in case you want to get wet
  • A picnic lunch

Crowders Mountain State Park

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.” ~John Muir

When: Saturday, November 2 at 9 a.m.

Where to meet: Crowders Mountain State Park office parking lot (Sparrow Springs Rd. Access/Address: 522 Park Office Ln., Kings Mountain, NC 28086). Here, you’ll find restrooms.

What to expect: This challenging 4-mile hike will follow the Pinnacle Trail to an impressive panoramic view of fall foliage and the surrounding area. The Pinnacle Trail includes some boulder outcrops to climb over and steep terrain on the final stretch leading to the summit. It is a strenuous, but highly rewarding hike. We’ll break for snacks at the pinnacle and end with a picnic lunch at the picnic area next to the parking area.

What to bring:

  • Comfortable and supportive walking shoes or boots
  • Water and snacks
  • Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Bug spray
  • Hiking stick (optional)
  • A picnic lunch