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. 

Fall foliage and barbecue

When: Saturday, November 16 at 9:00 a.m. (or meet at Covenant at 8 a.m. to carpool)

Where to meet: The Boulders Access Area of Crowders Mountain State Park, located at 108 Vandyke Rd., Kings Mountain, NC 28086. Look for the Covenant banner at our gathering spot in the parking lot. The drive is approximately 45 minutes from uptown. Bathroom facilities are available there.

What to expect: This hike will cover a section of the Ridgeline Trail, which is a 12-mile trail joining Kings Pinnacle at Crowders Mountain State Park in North Carolina with Kings Mountain State Park in South Carolina. The gravel/natural surface trail is rated moderate, alternating between gentle undulation and a steady, gradual climb.

Choose either a 3-mile or 5-mile (round trip) hiking option. Both hikes are out-and-back and will begin in the Boulders Access parking area, which is at the southern end of Crowders Mountain State Park near the South Carolina state line.  

Everyone will follow the same trail to Buzzard’s Roost, an outcropping of giant boulders approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead. This area offers several overlook options and a landing for taking a rest. The leaf forecasts call for peak color at this time of year, which will make the hike particularly rewarding. Those taking the 3-mile option will turn around and head back to the parking lot from here.

Those hiking the 5-mile option will continue on the Ridgeline Trail for another mile through Piedmont hardwood forest to a second overlook area, where we’ll take in another colorful vista before turning back to the parking lot.

Following the hike, all are invited to a potluck picnic lunch, featuring the legendary Red Bridges BBQ, at the home of Jeff and Shana Hartman in Shelby, approximately 20 minutes from the trailhead.

PLEASE RSVP to lauren.y.sawyers@gmail.com if you plan to stay for lunch so that we can plan accordingly.

What to bring:

•             Comfortable walking shoes

•             Water and snacks (we’ll have a water cooler in the parking lot for refills)

•             Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses

•             Bug spray

•             An appetizer, side dish, dessert or drinks to share for lunch


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