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

Hikes are accessible for all ages and skill levels. Below are dates, locations, what to expect and what to bring. 

RSVP to Lauren Sawyers, our hiking group leader.

Crowders Mountain

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

When: February 29 at 9:00 a.m. (or meet at Covenant at 8 a.m. to carpool)

Where to meet: Crowders Mountain State Park (Linwood Rd. Access) is located at 4611 Linwood Rd, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. The drive is approximately 40 minutes from uptown Charlotte. Restroom facilities are available.

What to expect: We’ll take the wide, gravel-surface, 1.8-mile Tower Trail to the top of Crowder’s mountain. After enjoying the 360-degree view, hikers can return to the parking lot by backtracking on the Tower Trail or by taking the shorter, steeper, 0.90-mile Backside Trail (which includes a 336-wooden-step decent). Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the trailhead after the hike.

What to bring:

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

Purser-Hulsey Park

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” ~John Muir

When: May 2 at 9:00 a.m. (or meet at Covenant at 8 a.m. to carpool)

Where to meet: Purser-Hulsey Park is located at 13201 Phillips Rd., Matthews, NC, 28105. The drive is approximately 30 minutes from uptown. Note: There are no restroom facilities; plan accordingly.

What to expect: The natural surface, gently undulating Painted Rock Trail is a 1.5 mile loop. This trail is heavily shaded and lined with fun, clever painted rock trail markers. Midway through, we’ll tack on an additional half-mile hike through the Enchanted Forest Trail, a beautiful sidetrack through a stretch of tall pines.

What to bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water and snacks
  • Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses


Contact Lauren Sawyers (lauren.y.sawyers@gmail.com) with questions or to RSVP.