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

Mt. Hardy

September 24-25, 2016 My favorite hiking challenge has been the South Beyond 6000. Sponsored by the CMC, one must hike 40 peaks over 6000 feet in North Carolina and Tennessee. I’ve hiked all the peaks in the Great Balsam area of North Carolina, except Mt. Hardy. Mt. Hardy is located in the Middle Prong Wilderness. … More Mt. Hardy

Haywood Gap Trail

September 11, 2016 A man and his dog. Amongst the green foliage and rumbling creek, Gracie and I meandered upon the Haywood Gap Trail. Starting at F.S. 97H, just above Sunburst Campground, you are unlikely to see another soul. Gone are the skyline views from mountain peaks as in the sister Shining Rock Wilderness. Simply … More Haywood Gap Trail

Middle Prong Wilderness

September 20, 2015 The Middle Prong Wilderness is not a place to find summit vistas for miles, bustling crowds and easy to navigate trails. It is a place for moss covered rocks, gorgeous streams, and trees beyond imagination. It is a place to challenge your sense of direction. Most of all it is a place of supreme … More Middle Prong Wilderness