Flat Creek Falls

Flat Creek Falls is a series of drops and cascades on Flat Creek in the rugged northern section of Panthertown Valley. You can reach the top of this waterfall with a hike of about 2 miles on well established trails. Reaching the base of the falls requires an adventure hike along the cliff lines above … Continue reading Flat Creek Falls

Wesser Bald Hike Lookout Tower & Fire Station

Wesser Bald is located north of Franklin and south of the popular rafting area along the Nantahala River. We took a short 1.5 mile hike to the tower atop Wesser Bald, North Carolina, on the Appalachian Trail! You will see 360-degree mountain views of the Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains. The original … Continue reading Wesser Bald Hike Lookout Tower & Fire Station

Buck Spring Trail

Hiking opportunities abound right out the door if you book a room at the Pisgah Inn, or right from your tent if you’re staying at the campground, but don’t let that stop you take a drive and experience this 2.2 mi hike! The Buck Spring Trail gradually climbs the Pisgah Ridge from the Pink Beds … Continue reading Buck Spring Trail

SAM’s Knob Loop w/Lunch option & Buck Springs Lodge Trail

We began the hike heading out on the trail next to the restrooms. We knew to look for the Blue Blaze markers for the Sam’s Knob trail and an orange blaze for the Flat Laurel Creek trail, we saw no other blazes along the path other than a yellow taking off to Little Sam – … Continue reading SAM’s Knob Loop w/Lunch option & Buck Springs Lodge Trail

Mount Pisgah

The popular 1.5-mile (one way) hike to the 5,721-foot summit is a great place to stop along the Parkway to stretch your legs. This will be a 750 foot climb to the top in the last mile and will make for a good workout. The total hike will be 3 miles round-trip. Leaving from the … Continue reading Mount Pisgah

Kayak or Canoe Bear Creak w/Hike to Waterfalls

Ready to paddle along on Bear Lake then take a short hike to Sol’s Creek Falls and on to Flat Creek Falls from the lake too.  The picture of flat creek falls. We will attempt to get to both falls from the lake.  Total hiking distance 2 miles. We will rent from Bear Lake Rentals. … Continue reading Kayak or Canoe Bear Creak w/Hike to Waterfalls

Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

The United States Forest Service built the 70-foot tall tower in 1941. It is the tallest USFS lookout tower in Western North Carolina, and it is now on the National Register of Historic Places. A few tall communication towers share the summit, but they only interfere slightly with the panoramic views. The steel tower atop … Continue reading Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower