Orienteering Raleigh NC

Backwoods Orienteering Klub, founded November 15, 1978 sponsors events and teaches orienteering in the North Carolina piedmont, around Raleigh, NC.

We invite you to try orienteering with us. Everyone is welcome at all our events. We always offer beginning, intermediate, advanced and expert courses (routes through the woods) at every Regular event.

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September 21st, 2018

Open event at Umstead North – Sept 30

We will have an OPEN event at Umstead Park North on Sunday September 30, 2018. Everyone is welcome.

The event starts at noon. We will have a beginners class at 12:30. Last starts at 2 PM. Everybody must finish by 3 PM.

We will have all regular courses from beginner to expert, White through Blue.
White 1.7km 10 controls
Yellow 2.7km 12 controls
Orange 3.5km 11 controls
Brown 3.8km 7 controls
Green 5.3km 9 controls
Red 7.3km 12 controls
Blue 9.3km 14 controls

If you are bringing a group of 5 or more people please preregister for this event NO LATER THAN 5pm Friday September 28.

We have a fillable PDF entry form which you can save on your computer and print to bring with you to the event. You can always find links to these in “BOK Information” links on the right of most BOK pages.

If you are stepping up to Orange, note that the control descriptions use images rather than words. See Control Descriptions and Map Symbols Explained for some help and an online quiz.

As always, help with control pick-up would be greatly appreciated.

Membership runs from September through August, so if you didn’t renew or join at the last meet, please do so at this one. Members also need to sign the annual waiver.


Take Glenwood Ave to the park entrance. Go south past the visitor center to the parking lots at the end of the road. Registration and starts will be in the large picnic shelter to the E of the parking area.

September 20th, 2018

Members Event, Eno River, 6/7 October

On Saturday and Sunday October 6 & 7, BOK will hold two Member events at Eno River State Park: a Saturday night-O; and a Sunday morning classic event.  Attend one or both; but note that attending the night-O on Saturday will require camping out at the park.  These events are open to BOK members who have completed an orange (or more advanced) course as well as to members of other orienteering clubs and to active members of the US military.  You must pre-register for each event using the form below, preferably well before 5:00 PM on Friday, October 5th, so that we know how many maps to print.  Starts for the Saturday night-O will be between 8:00 and 9:00 PM.  Starts for the Sunday event will be between 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM.

Getting there

Parking:  If you are participating in the night event, you must: (a) check-in with the park office on arrival to get an overnight parking pass; (b) park in the overnight parking area (GPS coordinates = 36.074228, -79.004550); and (c) carry your camping gear to the campsite.   Unless you want to make a 5 km round trip hike, do not plan on visiting your car again until you are done orienteering.

If you are only participating in the Sunday event, park (in order of proximity) either at the Visitor Center (GPS = 36.078290, -79.004716), the Piper Cox lot (36.077903, -79.007279) or the Fews Ford loop parking lot (GPS = 36.073798, -79.006108).  Please leave enough time to hike the 2.5 km from the parking area to the registration.  See the locator map below for more information about parking and registration locations.

Locator map for Eno River orienteering weekend (Oct 6/7).  Click to enlarge.

Start/Camping:  Both the night and the day courses will start near the Buckquarter group campsite at Eno River State park.  This is not the same campsite that we have used in the past, but rather one that is much further to the north.  See the map above for how the campsite can be accessed, and note that it is nearly a 2.5 km hike from the parking area to the campsite.  Note also that the easiest way to access the camp involves a stream crossing without a footbridge.  With low river levels, it is easy to stay dry on this crossing by stepping on stones.  If the water is high though, consider taking the alternative route, using the southern stream crossing, which has a footbridge (see map above).

BOK has reserved this campsite for Saturday night.  Because the park closes its main gate at 9:00 PM, anyone participating in the night-O needs to plan on camping at the group camp site.  There is no parking outside of the park within easy walking distance of the event.  The group camping area has seven large, flat campsites, and will accommodate only the first 32 people who register.  If more than 32 people register for the night-O, they may be able to reserve an individual campsite from the park on the other side of the river (click here for details).  There is no plumbing, electricity, or showers at these campsites, but there is a primitive bathroom.  The average overnight low temperature for this time of year is historically approximately 53oF, with a historic low of 35oF.

Course and map information

Maps for each event will be printed at a scale of 1:10,000.  Control descriptions will be printed on the map — there will not be loose control descriptions.  Please contact the event director before 02 October at dw.orienteer@gmail.com to request a map with a different scale.

The map for these events is a brand new LIDAR-based effort of the north side of Eno River State Park.  It provides some exquisite contour detail, and a number of historically interesting sites (contour interval = 5m).  A representative map snippet is below.

Representative map snippet of the north side of Eno River State Park.

Sunday Night-O Courses.  The start window will open at 8:00 PM; astronomical twilight starts at 7:47 PM.  The moon will be a waning crescent, rising at 4:13 AM.  It will thus be quite dark for this event.  Obviously, you will need to carry a light source, such as a headlamp or flashlight for the night event.  Please also take a whistle.  Note that the technical difficulty of the expert night courses will be comparable to a brown or green daylight course.  In particular, this course will pose significant navigational challenges and some steep rocky terrain.  Those who prefer relatively easier control placements at night are thus strongly advised to do the intermediate course, which would be comparable to a yellow/orange course during the day.   Controls on the night course will have reflective strips on them to enhance their visibility.  There will not be purposeful decoy controls on the night courses; however, competitors may see Sunday controls (without reflective tape) that are not on their course.  The meet director has not yet decided whether there will be drinking water available on the night courses.  Competitors should thus plan on being responsible for their own hydration.

Sunday Classic-O.  This will be a typical advanced event on a 1:10,000 map, with brown, green, and red course options.   The courses will mostly feel like a longish middle-distance race; however, each will have at least one long leg.  The meet director has not yet decided whether there will be drinking water available on these courses. Thus, competitors should plan on being responsible for their own hydration.

Course Summary

Time Course Length (km) # of Controls Climb (m)
Saturday night Intermediate 2.9 9 125
Advanced 4.2 10 225
Sunday morning Brown 3.9 10 185
Green 5.6 14 275
Red 7.0 18 340


Registration For October 6/7 Events
  1. (required)
  2. (required)
  3. BOK Member?
  4. Choose one map for each event. Choose no map if you aren't attending that event.
  5. Saturday-Night-O
  6. Sunday-Classic-O
  7. A Finger Stick is required. Do you need to rent a Finger Stick?
  8. (required)
  9. (required)
  10. (valid email required)

September 11th, 2018

Results for Sep 9, 2018 open event in Umstead South

It was humid and rather hot, but not the worst day of the summer. We had a good turnout with 99 starts! Thank you all for coming! Controls #72 and #73 were switched on the Yellow course, which resulted in some justified confusion among the competitors. #72 was removed from the results, so if you […]

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September 10th, 2018

Members event Schenck Forest Sep 23

I visited Schenck Forest on 9/18 and it is dry and undamaged enough to run. There are a few more fallen branches and it is defintely wet near the creek. Nothing that will hold you back though!

Our next Members event is on Sunday September 23rd at Schenck Forest. Enter the park from Reedy Creek Rd. The start will be open from noon and the courses close at 3:00pm. The meet is open to all members who can complete an advance level course.  Please remember that no dogs are allowed at this venue.

Please pre-register by Thursday evening Sep 20th.

There are three available courses:
Brown: 3.4 km (7 controls)
Green: 5.2 km (10 controls)
Red: 6.3 km (13 controls)


Note, that it’s time to renew your yearly membership. BOK memberships run from September to September. More information about membership can be found here.




August 29th, 2018

Open Event in Umstead Park (South) – Sep 9, 2018

We will have an OPEN event at Umstead Park (South) on Sunday, September 9, 2018.
Everyone is welcome, and we will have a beginners class at 12:30. Enter the park through the main entrance off of I-40 (Harrison Avenue exit), and follow the signs to the big shelter.
The event starts at noon and everybody must finish by 3 PM.
We will have all regular courses from beginner to advanced, White through Red.

If you are bringing a group of 5 or more people please pre-register for this event.

Help with control pick-up would be greatly appreciated.

Note, that it’s time to renew your yearly membership. BOK memberships run from September to September. More information about membership can be found here.

Vladimir and Tatyana