Advocate 2021 CROP Walk Options



  • In the spirit of forging a new path for this year’s Crop Walk, Jeremy Coerper will lead a mountain bike ride on the trails at Briar Chapel. All levels and enthusiasm for the sport are welcome for an 1-1.5hr trail ride! Simultaneously, Jan and the kids will lead others on a kid-friendly (ie. slow-paced) scavenger hunt, taking to the same trails but on foot. Sunday April 18 at 3pm, (rain date April 25.) Meet at the parking area on Catulla Run, just off Briar Chapel Parkway. Contact Jan by email or by phone 510-926-1638.
  • Vicar Lisa Fischbeck has planned a walk on DUKE FOREST TRAILS.  Walkers will meet on Saturday, April 24 at 4 PM at Lisa’s house, 22 Sunrise Place in Durham.  This 2.5 mile hike on well-maintained trails, mostly 10 ft. wide, has a few hills, all of them smooth.  Group size: 2-10 people.  To sign up, contact Lisa at .  Phone (919)219-4437.
  • Julee and Ames Herbert have offered to lead a moderately easy hike (about 3 miles) along the Eno River on Friday, April 23.  Walkers will meet at 9:30 AM at Nancy Rhodes Creek Bridge on Rivermont Road in the Eno River State Park for a hike lasting about 2 hours along the Eastern Section of the Laurel Bluffs/PumpStation Trails.  You’ll enjoy wildflowers, spectacular Eno River views, historic ruins, and mountain laurel-covered bluffs.  Bring water and wear mud-proof shoes if it’s been rainy the day before! To sign up, contact Julee at or (757) 334-9373.]
  • Evans Lodge and Rachel Geissler are offering a walk that may be of special interest to bird lovers: a 3.5 mile walk 3.5 miles (1.5 hours maximum) in Little Creek Waterfowl Impoundment. It is generally flat and easy walking in the woods with minimal hills, although it can be quite muddy at times. There is one area where it is necessary to walk over a dam and jump/climb down ~3 feet from the dam back onto the trail.  Walkers will meet at Rashkis Elementary School (601 Meadowmont Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27517) at 5:30 PM on Thursday, April 22.  (This is Earth Day!) To sign up contact (email preferred), or 574-339-0253.
  • Nancy Trueblood will lead the Easiest CROP Walk ever!  Even if walking can be a challenge for you, one of the CROP Walk options offered by the Advocate this year will take you on a gentle 10-12 minute walk along a woodland trail at RambleRill Farm, an organic farm where Farmers Jane and Darin grow vegetables, and mushrooms, raise chickens and goats, and offer educational opportunities about sustainable agriculture and meeting community food needs.  This is a weekday hike – Wednesday, April 21, 2 p.m. (Rain date Thursday, April 22, 2 PM).  We’ll meet at RambleRill Farm, 913 Arthur Minnis Road,Hillsborough, NC 27278  Contact: Nancy Trueblood,   Phone (847) 567-1292.
  • Debbie and Joel Wuliger invite you ambitious hikers to join them for a full-day trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a CROP Walk on a portion of the Bluff Mountain Trail.  Walkers will meet on Saturday, April 17, at 10:00 am in the Advocate parking lot and caravan up to Doughton Park, NC, arriving at the Bluffs Picnic Area around 12:30 PM.  The trail includes sizable hills with lots of ups and downs, but no mountains to climb. The hike will turn around halfway at the Brinegar Cabin, returning to the Bluffs picnic area for a potluck dinner (menu to be decided in advance). The 8-mile round trip will take 3-4 hours at a moderate pace, with plenty of breaks for the mountain scenery.  After dinner, hikers will return, arriving back at the Advocate between 9 and 10 PM. You’ll need to bring a day pack with water, lunch, and trail food, dress in layers, wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring trekking poles or hiking sticks.  (Rain date – Saturday, April 24) Contact Debbie Wuliger, (919)768-3836