Twentymile Loop Trail

January 28, 2023 This is a delightful trail; the type of hike that you revisit in various seasons just to experience it. Stepping onto the loop, you feel as if you’re being greeted by a wise old friend. One that is kind, desirous to instruct and show you things of old.  At only 2.9 miles, … More Twentymile Loop Trail

Middle Prong Wilderness

July 31 – August 1, 2021 Shining Rock Wilderness is quite breathtaking, chockfull of sweeping vistas, balds, and several peaks over 6,000′. It is also jammed with people hiking the trails and driving to the trailheads. Right next to Shining Rock, separated by Hwy. 215, is a gem. Middle Prong Wilderness has beautiful vistas, gorgeous … More Middle Prong Wilderness

Grandfather Mountain State Park – Grandfather Trail

July 8, 2017 “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.” -Edward … More Grandfather Mountain State Park – Grandfather Trail

Mount Cammerer Trail, Lower Mount Cammerer Trail

November 11, 2016 Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God. – John Muir I am beginning to understand the mythical allure of the Smoky’s, with its wildlife, epic views and tough, spindly paths. At the end of a tumultuous … More Mount Cammerer Trail, Lower Mount Cammerer Trail

Farlow Gap

May 2-3, 2015 “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien; The Hobbit Some weekends are not about hiking twenty miles, testing your fortitude over tough terrain, and roughing it. Some weekends are for beautiful, easy-going trails, cooking marshmallows and hotdogs … More Farlow Gap