Hike to Smoky Mountains Plane Crash via Waterrock Knob

I heard there were a lot of plane crashes into the Smokey Mountains and I decided to find one and hike to it!Here’s the story; on November 24, 1983, a Cessna 414 was flying from West Chicago to the Jackson County Airport here in the NC mountains. It crashed a little before 6pm at about … Continue reading Hike to Smoky Mountains Plane Crash via Waterrock Knob

Camp at Historic site #47 in the Smokey Mountain National Park

This location started out in search of a waterfall for me – Enloe Creek Falls. After much research and second hand accounts I finally found the location and how to get into the seldom-visited reaches of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just outside the Cherokee Indian Reservation, you’ll be hard-pressed to find this waterfall on … Continue reading Camp at Historic site #47 in the Smokey Mountain National Park

Panthertown Blackrock Overlook with Granny Burrell Falls Hike

Our hike will start at the Salt Rock Gap parking area (bulletin board) at the end of Breedlove Road in Cashiers. We plan to hike up Blackrock Trail starting at 9:am, across Overlook Trail, down Carlton’s Way, and back up Panthertown Valley Trail. It’s about 3 miles each way and has some wonderful views from … Continue reading Panthertown Blackrock Overlook with Granny Burrell Falls Hike

John Rock Pisgah National Forest Hike

John Rock is in the Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. It’s near four waterfalls that can be access via the Cat Gap Loop trailhead, which begins at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. Soon after you leave the trail head Cat Gap will head across a bridge and to the left. Follow the orange … Continue reading John Rock Pisgah National Forest Hike

Enloe Creek Trail to BackCountry Campsite No. 47

If you love to fish private picturesque trails with small waterfalls off a Smoky Mountain stream, you’ll love hiking along the Enloe Creek Trail. It’s a 3.6 mile trail from the Hyatt Ridge to the Hughes Ridge Trail, though it can be muddy in places. To reach Enloe Creek, hike 1.8 miles on the Hyatt … Continue reading Enloe Creek Trail to BackCountry Campsite No. 47

Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain Loop

This is an easy double-summit 4.8 mile loop. We’ll hike the Art Loeb and Investor Gap trails, submitting Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain! We live in Sylva, so we entered the Blue Ridge between Sylva and Waynesville and headed towards Asheville! Its a beautiful drive this time of the year and (of course) we … Continue reading Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain Loop

Boogerman Loop Trail in Smokey’s

The Boogerman Loop hike is about 7.5 miles, a moderate hike that begins from the Caldwell Fork Trailhead. We initially found directions in another post with GPS coordinates, however, we were sent an hour or more out of the way. So, use our directions at the end of this posting. At the road-side parking we … Continue reading Boogerman Loop Trail in Smokey’s

Cove Creek Falls – Left & Right

The National park hikes are some of the best in North Carolina. The scenery on this loop hike are spectacular! Along the way we’ll see amazing views on the Blue Ridge and see several awesome waterfalls, and untouched natural woods on our hike! Overall, I’d call it moderate to easy for the wide “road” like … Continue reading Cove Creek Falls – Left & Right

Confluence of Sassafras and Snowbird Creek Camping & Fishing

First I have to say, finding Snowbird is like finding a four leaf clover! We felt very lucky when we found it. This wilderness area is very secluded and not known to hikers, so the chances of finding solitude are great. We only saw two dog runners and a car camping guy with a dog. … Continue reading Confluence of Sassafras and Snowbird Creek Camping & Fishing

Wayah Bald Lookout Tower

Wayah Bald has a vantage point 5,342 feet in elevation in the Nantahala National Forest, near Franklin, North Carolina. On a clear day, you can see north to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and south into the rolling hills of Georgia. Take a short hike from the summit parking area to climb an old … Continue reading Wayah Bald Lookout Tower