CDS Hiking Challenge

Go for a hike. Build community. Create connection.

5/13/20 UPDATE: The CDS Hiking Challenge has been extended from the 2019-20 school year through the 2020-21 school year in light of COVID-19. We understand that many students and their families appreciate the opportunity to engage in an activity that encourages getting outside and exploring the amazing lands and resources in and around Asheville, and in light of widespread public land closures in our region in 2020, prohibiting the ability to access many hiking destinations, we are extending the current year's challenge into next year. Most importantly, all hikes recorded for 2019-20 will count for the 2020-21 hiking challenge. Please email bmayer@carolinaday.org if you have any questions. 

Carolina Day School is excited to celebrate the third annual CDS Hiking Challenge!

We are lucky indeed to live in an area so rich in natural beauty and access to shared public lands including Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and beyond. As an NC Green School of Excellence, CDS strives to foster a sense of stewardship by developing a sense of connection. In anticipation of Earth Day and the warmer months of spring, we once again invite our families, students, faculty, and administration to join the CDS Hiking Challenge.

The Challenge is to achieve and document eight or more hikes for the 2019-20 school year. All hikes completed since the first day of school, August 22, 2019 through Friday, May 8, 2020 (now Friday, May 7, 2021!) are eligible.

All students who complete the Hiking Challenge will be recognized at the end of the year. 

You can keep track of your hikes by printing your own CDS Hiking Passport.


Each time you complete a hike, enter the date and any other information you wish to include, like the hiking challenge level: easy, moderate, or difficult.  You can refer to the Carolina Mountain Club hike search to determine the challenge level of your hike, or you can simply make your best guess. We trust you!

Record the hiking challenge level to receive a special designation on your CDS Hiking Passport. 

  • Bronze (8 easy to moderate hikes)

  • Silver (8 moderate to difficult hikes)

  • Gold (15 or more hikes including 5 moderate to difficult hikes) 

Build community by hiking with your family, friends, clubs, and grade teams. 

Tag your hiking photos on social media with #cdshikes

Submit your Hiking Passport to a teacher by the deadline to be officially recognized at the end of the year. 

Happy hiking!    

Hiking Resources


WNC Tried-And-True Hikes

With thanks to Mr. David Broshar, here is a starter list of some tried and true hikes you may wish to consider: