Pilot Cove-Slate Rock Trail

I will combine Pilot Cove Loop and the Slate Rock trail to make a 5.8 mile loop trail, all in all we did 9.2 miles total. Starting at the eastern end of our map at the Slate Rock Creek trail-head we found some parking near the guard rail. Slate Rock Creek crosses the road here … Continue reading Pilot Cove-Slate Rock Trail

GSMNP Walnut Bottom Campsite 37

To get to the turn to Big Creek by auto from I-40 going west, as soon (and I mean as soon) as you see the North Carolina Tennasee line get in the right lane to take the Waterville exit 451. Cross the Pigeon River pass an old paper mill converted into a Duke energy power … Continue reading GSMNP Walnut Bottom Campsite 37

Big Creek / Mouse Creek Falls

At about 7 miles with a relatively smooth and even surface this moderate hike climbs gradually, this is an outstanding easy hike you could even fish on! At first the wide path climbs high above the Big Creek Campground, and away from the creek. After roughly 1.3 miles, however, the trail finally makes contact with … Continue reading Big Creek / Mouse Creek Falls

Vineyard Gap and Riverside Trails, Pisgah National Forest

Get ready for an easy summer hike where you can get wet! At 7.3 miles it may take about 4 hours to complete. Make it a loop trail with both trails follow the Yellow Blaze. The Riverside Trail along the South Fork of Mills River in Pisgah National Forest fords the river several times. You’ll … Continue reading Vineyard Gap and Riverside Trails, Pisgah National Forest

Hike to the Swag

Overflowing with wildflowers in the Spring and Summer seasons and offering great views of Fall colors in October, this hiking area offers a variety of adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Family friendly exploring can be done in the meadow around the Science Education Center that sits at 4840′ with Purchase Knob just … Continue reading Hike to the Swag

Silver Run Falls

Silver Run Falls in the Nantahala National Forest is just four miles south of Cashiers in Jackson County. This 25-ft. waterfall cascades into a tranquil pool with a small beach area. So it’s a popular swimming spot in the North Carolina mountains. It’s safe for small children to enjoy the water. There’s a forest service … Continue reading Silver Run Falls

4 Waterfall Hike! Rainbow Falls, Stairway Falls, Turtle-back Falls, and Bust-yo-butt Falls!

This 5 waterfall hike is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Toxaway, NC that features 4 waterfalls and is rated moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, and camping and is accessible year-round. This short hike along the Horse pasture River features outstanding views of 4 large waterfalls … Continue reading 4 Waterfall Hike! Rainbow Falls, Stairway Falls, Turtle-back Falls, and Bust-yo-butt Falls!

Secret Falls and Fishing Hole

At the main stop light in downtown Highlands, take the turn for Main Street. If you are coming from Cashiers heading west on Hwy 64, turn left at the light. If you are on Hwy 64 east, go straight at the light. And if you are approaching the light from Hwy 28 you will turn … Continue reading Secret Falls and Fishing Hole

Scottsmoor Flatwoods Sanctuary

Another post on a blog mentioned “We were trying to follow the route of the Coast to Coast Connector, a bike path under development from Titusville to St. Peterburg, when we stumbled across a vast swath of public land that neither of us had heard about. Surprisingly, it’s right off US 1, but there are … Continue reading Scottsmoor Flatwoods Sanctuary

Hog Island Nature Trail

WITHLACOOCHEE STATE FOREST NOBLETON   [28.619750,-82.241083]   1.6 MILES For a dip into the primordial wilderness that envelopes the Withlacoochee River on its northward flow to the Gulf of Mexico, take a short jaunt to Nobleton (Hernando County) for a nature trail that showcases some of the biggest cypresses around. The trail is entirely in the shade of the … Continue reading Hog Island Nature Trail