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

Old Black, Tricorner Knob, Mark’s Knob, Mt. Guyot

November 5-6, 2016 There are forty peaks over 6000’ as part of the South Beyond 600 Challenge. The most remote and difficult are located in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I’ll be honest; these are hard peaks to grab. They require a lot of research and a lot of compass/orienteering skills. My … More Old Black, Tricorner Knob, Mark’s Knob, Mt. Guyot

Smokemont Loop Trail

October 13, 2016 This time of year it is very hard to keep me at work. I often will take several “sick days” while the leaves are turning and the weather is cooler. Even though I was “infirmed”, Emily, Alice and I headed to the Smokemont Campground on this beauteous day. There are two ways … More Smokemont Loop Trail

Flat Creek Trail

With the promise of changing leaves, the family and I hiked the Flat Creek Trail (2.6 miles) in the GSMNP on a bright fall day. This is an family friendly trail, that winds between Heintooga Bald and Balsam Mountain with three simple creek crossings. I love North Carolina in the fall, and love it so … More Flat Creek Trail

Juney Whank Falls Trail, Deep Creek Horse Trail

January 30, 2016 Hiking all 900 miles of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is quite challenging and takes dedication. The best part of the challenge though, are the hikes that I take with my family. Slowing down to look and touch the orange-black fronded mushrooms blossoming from the felled trees. Marveling at the winterberry … More Juney Whank Falls Trail, Deep Creek Horse Trail

Indian Creek Trail, Martins Gap Trail, Indian Creek Motor Trail, Stone Pile Gap Trail

January 3, 2016 We went out of town for eleven days over Christmas, and I was very excited to get out in the woods again. Most of the time, society makes no sense to me. In the woods, everything makes sense. There’s peacefulness in the landscape and wilderness. I started early at Deep Creek Campground. … More Indian Creek Trail, Martins Gap Trail, Indian Creek Motor Trail, Stone Pile Gap Trail

Kephart Prong Trail, Sweat Heifer Creek Trail, Grassy Branch Trail

December 5, 2015 “It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy.” – Horace Kephart Horace Kephart exemplifies why anyone of any walk of life can become an outdoorsman. A librarian by trade, he worked in St. Louis and Yale … More Kephart Prong Trail, Sweat Heifer Creek Trail, Grassy Branch Trail

Thomas Divide Trail

November 27, 2015 William Holland Thomas was a renaissance man: attorney, North Carolina State Senator, soldier, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. In fact, he is to this day, the only white person to be chief of the Cherokee. During the Civil War, he led a legion of Cherokee Indians and mountain … More Thomas Divide Trail

Kanati Fork Trail

November 20, 2015 It is tough being a lawyer. Not because the job is particularly hard, but because of the stress. Imagine your worse memory: parents splitting, getting arrested, losing your job, losing your house, losing your kids. All day we listen to people describe their worst moments in life. No one goes to a … More Kanati Fork Trail