Bog Meadow Nature Trail

Check out this two-mile path, great for warm season walks and cold season skiing, is a favorite among nature lovers. There is parking on both ends or go out and back for about 4 miles. Considered an easy trail, it takes less than 2 hours to complete. This is a great all season trail for … Continue reading Bog Meadow Nature Trail

Merry Falls

Take Dupont Road from Crab Creek. Dupont becomes Staton Road but keep going for about 5 miles until you come to a T in the road. Turn right on Cascade Lake Road where the pavement becomes gravel. In just over 2 miles you’ll begin to hear the waterfall. Approach carefully and hike to the bottom … Continue reading Merry Falls

Cascade Trail and Pine Tree Trail Loop

The snow and ice continues to linger on the trails, especially in shaded areas. They can be very slippery. Good boots and hiking poles suggested. Both trails will take us through a forested section that offers different hardwood species and rhododendron minus. The trail starts out up an old forest rd. to an open field. … Continue reading Cascade Trail and Pine Tree Trail Loop

Siler Bald on the Appalachian Trail

Hike south on the Appalachian Trail to Snowbird Gap. Leave the meadow and ascend to the top of the bald. Spectacular views, almost 360 degrees seeing Lake Nantahala, Wayah Bald and Winespring Bald.Total Hike Distance: 4 miles Rating: M Elevation: 920′ The hike departs from the picnic area at Wayah Gap, located just off NC … Continue reading Siler Bald on the Appalachian Trail

Thompson River near Gorges State Park – Waterfall Day

Directions: From the intersection of US64 and NC281 south in the Lake Toxaway area, turn south on 281 and drive 3.6 miles (passing the entrance to Gorges State Park on the left) to Brewer Rd (SR1189) on the left. Take the left but don’t drive down Brewer Rd. Instead, park in the wide paved area … Continue reading Thompson River near Gorges State Park – Waterfall Day

Green River hike along Pulliam Creek

7 miles in-and-out, Difficulty (1=effortless, 10=hard): 5. Good footing, few rock hops (use your poles), with gradual downhills to the river, then gradual uphills back to the trailhead. Drive to: Green River Cove Trailhead, 3770-3934, Green River Cove Rd, Saluda, NC 28773 Approximately 1 hr drive. Follow the Pulliam Creek Trail, then turn right on … Continue reading Green River hike along Pulliam Creek

Moses Creek Falls

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  35.326913, -83.102060 Route Type:  Out-and-back             Difficulty:  MODERATE (at high water)  (easy dry) Mileage Hiked:  3.0 miles                 Hike Duration:  1:20 Trailhead Temp:  70’F                       Trail Traffic:  None! Min. Elevation:  2,720′                       Max. Elevation:  3,200′ Total Vertical Gain:  600′                   Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile:  400′ The route to Moses Creek Falls begins on the outside of a sharp right switchback … Continue reading Moses Creek Falls

Rough Butt Creek Falls

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  35.325486, -83.040226 Route Type:  Out-and-back              Difficulty:  MODERATE (at high water)  (easy dry ) Mileage Hiked:  2.8 miles                  Hike Duration:  1:30 Trailhead Temp:  70’F                        Trail Traffic:  None! Min. Elevation:  2,720′                        Max. Elevation:  3,200′ Total Vertical Gain:  480′                   Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile:  343′ The hike to the falls begins at the intersection of Caney Fork … Continue reading Rough Butt Creek Falls

Bartram Trail: Wallace Branch to William’s Pulpit

This is part of Section 4 of the 100-mile N.C. Bartram Trail in Francklin, NC. It’s a steady gradual climb to the ridgelines and peaceful forests  with wildflowers along the trail in the Spring and Summer.  We’ll see our first cascading waterfall within 5 minutes of starting the hike and amazing views of the Mill Creek Country … Continue reading Bartram Trail: Wallace Branch to William’s Pulpit

Little Tennessee River Greenway

The Little Tennessee River Greenway is a 6 mile out and back trail located in Franklin, North Carolina. The greenway meanders through wetlands, railroad cuts left behind by the Tallulah Falls Railroad, alongside pastures and through upland forest. Its surface is a mix of paved and non-paved (gravel) sections. The greenway includes plenty of benches, … Continue reading Little Tennessee River Greenway