Thank you for your interest in our Outward Hounds Hiking Club. OHHC is a great way for the dogs in our care to get a break from the hustle and bustle of the BWAR adoption center, and get the necessary exercise to help them stay physically and mentally fit. Their well-being is important to us, and we hope that you can take the time to explore with us the forests and parks in our area, and give a dog this much needed time out and about!
Our club meets every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 10am at our adoption center (31 Glendale Avenue). Hikes are limited to 15 hikers, so please reply with your desired hike date (and a back up date). Popular destinations include Montreat’s Rainbow Road Trail, Bent Creek, Lake Powathan, and Carrier Park.
All hikers must be at least 16 years old to join the hike and must be 18 to hike with a dog of their own. Our volunteer hike leaders will leash up an appropriate dog for your experience and capabilities. You’ll then load up and caravan out to the trail head in your vehicles. If you prefer to have a kennel to transport your dog in your car, be sure to mention it to the hike leaders who will help you get set up.
We usually hike moderate to strenuous trails, a 3-5 miles in length, and are usually back by 12:30 pm -1 pm. Unless the weather is really bad, we will have a scheduled morning hike every week on these days.
Please be mindful of parking when participating in Outward Hounds hikes. If carpooling with other hikers, please leave your vehicle in the Target, or the Retail store parking lot. Be cautious of leaving your vehicle in front of a dumpster, or loading dock for an extended period of time. (this does not include while Loading/ Unloading your canine partner for the day)
Feel free to join one of the hikes, but before you go, please complete a volunteer application at www.bwar.org/volunteer, and sign up for an orientation (must attend orientation within two months of your first hike). You’ll also need to review the guidelines and tips for our club hikers here: OHHC Hike-Tip Sheet..
Visit the Club’s Facebook page here for more information. We ask that you please leave your own pets at home as you give a fabulous adoptable dog a day to remember!.
Outward Hounds Hiking Club Leader
Just like so many other programs at Brother Wolf, the Outward Hounds Hiking Club continues to be hugely successful. We are in need of some more volunteers to sign up to be hike leaders. The type of volunteer we are looking for is someone that is both dog savvy and knows their way around many of our local hiking trails. A hike leader is responsible for making sure that each hiker has a dog that suits their skill level and to make sure that each hiker has a basic knowledge of dog hiking etiquette. To become a hike leader you need to be an active volunteer, to have taken our “Harnessing Brother Wolf Dogs” Class, be 21+ years old, and must attended at least 4 Outward Hounds Hikes. In addition to being dog savvy, you will also need to be comfortable dealing with groups of people.
At this time we offer the hikes on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings. If those days do not fit with your schedule, we are open to offering more hikes throughout the week at different times. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.