NC Outdoor Adventures

Min Age


Max Group Size



3 hrs



Join NC Outdoor Adventures as we hike through a Spruce Forest up onto one of NC’s most beautiful Balds. This is the highest point of the Unaka Mountain Range and temps can change on a dime. Along the hike your guide will provide you with unique plant and history facts about the area!

Winter hikes can be very cold, windy and slippery and can result in injury without proper preparations. For safety all guests will be provided with yaktrax, a friction device that attaches to boots and is used to keep you from slipping on ice or snow. Participants should expect a minimum of a 3-mile moderate hike to view the Balds.

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After the hike we will return to the Toe River
Adventure Outpost for a campfire complete with a hot Brunswick Stew dinner with
cast iron skillet corn bread followed by smores or banana boats for dessert.
BYOB your favorite beverage for after the hike. Guests who are vegetarians
should reach out to us for the veggie chili option. 

Important notes to prepare for winter hiking: dress for cold weather, gloves and hat, wear layers, wear good hiking boots with warm socks. DO NOT WEAR ANYTHING COTTON! In the rescue world we call cotton worn in winter death cloth as once it is wet it stays wet and increases chances of hypothermia. Wool layers are best and even stay warm when wet! Please bring a backpack for hands free hiking. Eat before the hike or bring snacks along with water. Important Note: water bottles should be insulated and will freeze if the bottle is not insulated. We recommend folks that have knee issues or problems with walking please bring hiking poles or a walking stick.

Don’t forget to pack a camp chair for the campfire and dessert after the hike at the NCOA Outpost along the Toe River. It will be getting dark early at the Outpost in the holler, so we suggest bringing a headlamp for the campfire dinner and dessert. 



This course has a minimum of 5 people in order to run. If we do not meet the group size minimum, you will be contacted a minimum of 48 hrs in advance of your trip!

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Meets at NCOA River Outpost at 1173 Whitson Brand Rd, Bakersville NC


Every Saturday December through March at 11:30 AM (except holidays). Trip lengths vary based on the group, road and weather conditions.

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Group bookings: For groups of 20 or more please contact or call us on (828) 260-4505


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