Camp Creek Bald

July 7, 2018 I’ve enjoyed these weekend, lookout tower challenge endeavors. It takes you to places you might not necessarily go to, and with any older structures, there’s always a historical story to tell, as is the case with Camp Creek Bald. Located literally in the middle of nowhere, the hike to the bald is … More Camp Creek Bald

Big Creek Trail, Swallow Fork Trail, Baxter Creek Trail

May 28, 2017 “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.” – Theodore Roosevelt When I was very young, I heard people talk about the Smoky’s in terms that is usually reserved for far-distant destinations of allure and mystery. When … More Big Creek Trail, Swallow Fork Trail, Baxter Creek 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

Fryingpan Mountain

May 15, 2016 “[T]he Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) provided income, purpose and education to young men and their families. The CCC also provided labor and manpower needed to restore America’s forests.” [1] The fruits of their labor are still enjoyed by the masses to this day. “In addition to fighting fires, major accomplishments included building … More Fryingpan Mountain

Snowball Trail

September 7, 2015 Trails are sort of like people. The first time you encounter them you are wary, unsure if you can trust them. You cast a circumspect, watchful eye towards the new surroundings. I parked my car at the Craggy Garden entrance. I hiked westward on the MST and several hundred feet in, the … More Snowball Trail

Appalachian Trail – Hot Springs to Spring Mountain Shelter

June 9, 2015 “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” -Alexander Supertramp There is no denying the magic of the Appalachian Trail; the single white blaze, the … More Appalachian Trail – Hot Springs to Spring Mountain Shelter