Linville Falls Hiking Trails

Directions: From Sylva, it’s about a 2-hr drive via I-40 east to Marion, then north on US Highway 221. When we reach the village of Linville Falls, turn right onto NC Highway 183. After a mile turn right onto the unpaved road at the “Linville Gorge” sign. The parking lot is just ahead on the … Continue reading Linville Falls Hiking Trails

Bent Creek Arboretum and Lake Loop

LONG LAKE LOOP HIKE DESCRIPTION: We will start at Bent Creek River Park no later than 10:00 am. Proceed under Hwy 191, then into the Arboretum along the paved entrance road to the Gatehouse parking lot. Once in, the Arboretum trails will be as follows: Old Mill trail (0.3 mile) followed by the Wesley Branch … Continue reading Bent Creek Arboretum and Lake Loop

Hiking in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

This 2.5 mile figure-8 loop trail travels through a spectacular, virgin forest, one of the largest contiguous tracts of old-growth forest in the Eastern United States. The forest around this trail is designated as the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, a part of the larger Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness. This is a fitting, living monument dedicated to … Continue reading Hiking in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Chestnut Branch Trail

The Chestnut Branch Trail is a great Smoky Mountain hike at 4.2 miles round trip. The trailhead can be found at the Big Creek Ranger Station, 2.3 miles from Interstate 40 exit 451. Once an old logging road, Chestnut Branch was home to around nine residents before the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National … Continue reading Chestnut Branch Trail

Ruff Butte Falls

Rough Butt Creek Falls is a pleasant, fairly easy hike to a picturesque, lesser-known waterfall. We started out along Ruff Butt Road through the community. You’ll pass driveways to several houses. Stay on a the rougher dirt road, soon the rocky road reaches a ford of Caney Fork. Take it wide near the left side … Continue reading Ruff Butte Falls

Pinnacle Park Loop Trail

This is a very challenging and difficult route, it has an elevation gain and drop of about 5000 feet! Expect a 5-6 hour hike. Of course at 5000 feet that’s 2500′ straight up the mountain, and 2500′ straight down. there’s an out and back trail at about the halfway point of the loop which will … Continue reading Pinnacle Park Loop Trail

Rough Creek Watershed Hike

We will hike thru the Rough Creek watershed, it sits in an elongated bowl at the south end of the Newfound Mountain complex north of Canton. While most of the valley is forested, meadows on adjacent private lands allow for fantastic views near the park’s upper west side. And while some of the terrain is … Continue reading Rough Creek Watershed Hike

Rattlesnake Lodge Hike

Hike to a beautiful overlook view and the ruins of Rattlesnake Lodge, a 1900s summer estate, following the Mountains to Sea Trail. 4 MILES (ROUND TRIP)RELATIVELY MODERATEJust off the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville Compared to other view-packed hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, this hike to Rattlesnake Lodge lacks the breathtaking … Continue reading Rattlesnake Lodge Hike

Bracken Mountain Preserve Loop

Flowing river and streams alongside the trails and a series of small cascading waterfalls we’ll hike mountain coves supporting an abundance of biodiversity. Bountiful wildlife, including newts, rat snakes, coyotes, foxes, wild turkeys, and black bears (hint: look out for claw marks on the trees!) OPTIONAL: Brewery after hike Distance: 5.5 Elevation Gain: 950 Difficulty: … Continue reading Bracken Mountain Preserve Loop

Crabtree Falls

The scenic 2.5-mile loop trail to Crabtree Falls is moderate for some rocky terrain. Hikers should allow 1.5 to 2.5 hours for the entire hike. From the trailhead in the parking lot behind the campground entrance, the trail descends .9 mile to the falls through a hickory forest.. At the base of the trail is … Continue reading Crabtree Falls