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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November 16th, 2018

Umstead Park, “Score” Orienteering, December 9th

** Update:  This event has been successfully rescheduled for Sunday, 16 December.  All aspects of the event will be identical to what was originally planned — we’ll just start exactly one week later.  Thanks to Bill Duke and park management at Umstead State Park for letting this happen.  You can still register for this event until Friday, December 14 at 5:00 PM.  If you registered for the event on the 9th and cannot make it on the 16th, please also remove your registration from the registration page.**   

On Sunday December 16, BOK will host its 5th annual Score-O in Umstead park.  A “Score-O” involves a course with no predetermined route, in which competitors decide which controls they want to visit, and in which order.  This event will have 2-, and 4-hour options.  It is open primarily to advanced BOK members who have successfully completed an expert (brown, green, red, or blue) course, as well as advanced members of other orienteering clubs.  Members of the trail-running community and active military personnel may also participate.  Non-BOK members will need to pay $15 to help us with our map printing, park rental, and insurance expenses.  You must preregister for this event here before Friday December 14 at 5:00 PM, so that we know how many maps to print.


This is a mass-start event, with both races beginning at 10:00 AM from the multi-use trail parking lot at Umstead State Park (GPS coordinates = 35.867799, -78.752534 ).  Access to this parking lot is from the north side of the park, from the US-70 (Glenwood) entrance.  There will be a mandatory pre-race briefing at 9:50.  Maps will be ready for distribution at 9:00 to provide competitors time for route planning.  The map will be printed on multiple pages, each at a scale of 1:10000.  The 4-hour course will require approximately 23 km of straight line distance between controls in order to clear.


Drinking water will not be available at any control; however, some park water fountains at relatively convenient locations will be marked on the map. Nonetheless, competitors in the 4-hour race are strongly advised to carry their own water or filter.  Stream/creek levels will likely be an issue, and expect strict warnings about water crossings.

November 11th, 2018

Results for Chapel Hill Street-O

    Chapel Hill Street-O, 10 November 2018  A chilly and clear day brought out several dozen orienteers to try their hand at an urban score-O in the streets and greenways of Chapel Hill and Carrboro.  It was especially great to see nearly 20 JROTC cadets from Davie Co. come out for some urban navigation […]

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November 8th, 2018

Results – Nov-4 ARDF at Eno River State Park

We had a wonderful event at the Eno River State Park. We had both an 80 m classic and a beginner foxoring course. We met at the Few’s Ford Access parking lot around 11:00 for the classic and around noon for the foxoring. It was sunny but nice and cool for running. We had 8 […]

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November 3rd, 2018

2018 Annual Meeting Summary


We had a very productive meeting.

The details are in the meeting minutes. 

The following is a summary of the meeting:

We raised the Event Fees by $2 and membership fees by $5 Effective January 1, 2019:
(Event fees have not been raised since the founding of the club in 40 years.)

  • Entry Fee $7
  • Individual annual membership $35
  • Family membership $50.

We will set up an online registration that includes payment that can be used for any event.  It will be required at the discretion of the event director and at the events where the venues will not allow collecting money.

There are 34 proposed events on the schedule.

  • 13 Open Orienteering events
  • 11 Open Radio Orienteering (ARDF) events including 8 as part of the US & Region II ARDF Championship
  • 9 Members events including a Scout event
  • 1 NJROTC Regional Event

We plan to improve the Bond Park permanent course and include some advanced controls

We purchased equipment and software to have real time results at the events.  (Used at the last 3 events.)

David is planning an extensive mapping campaign of new areas and we are investigating hiring professional mappers to redo the Umstead map.

We will start collecting map bags at the finish for reuse.




October 28th, 2018

Birkhead Wilderness Oct 27-28, 2018 Results

There was not much of a turnout for the Saturday events.  We had a lot of fun nonetheless.  The Night event was especially challenging because of the new sort of Goat-like score format not-to-mention the darkness.  You had to take the controls in order but you could skip as many as you wanted while making […]

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