Cape Fear Ski and Outing Club
This club is officially based in the southeastern part of the state in Oak Island on the coast. The Cape Fear Ski and Outing Club is, as the name suggests, largely a ski club, but also engages in all types of outdoor activities, hiking included. The club is a member of both the Crescent Ski Council and the National Ski Council Federation.
The Carolina Berg Wanderers
This club, founded in the 1970's to help fans of outdoor excursions meet and enjoy each other's company, has monthly meetings at which they plan still more frequent excursions that include hikes and kayak, backpacking and biking trips. Membership dues are twenty dollars per year. Stay in touch and up-to-date via their Meetup page.
Carolina Mountain Club
This club is one of the most extensive in the state. These avid hikers are more than willing to drive up to 150 miles for one of their full-day hikes so it is more than possible for you to meet them half-way if you live elsewhere. Well-planned trips and the detailed itineraries that correspond to them can be found on their site. They do about 175 hikes per year and help to conserve and maintain 400 miles of trail.