Max Patch Mountain & AT 5.1 Miles

At 4629 feet elevation, Max Patch is not the highest summit in its immediate vicinity, but this grassy bald is certainly one of the prettiest. Sitting just inside North Carolina along the boundary with Tennessee, the mountain is considered by some to be the “crown jewel of the Appalachian Trail”. 360-degree views and plenty of … Continue reading Max Patch Mountain & AT 5.1 Miles

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

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

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

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