Tanawha Trail

November 16, 2019 Tanawha translates as “fabulous hawk” in Cherokee. Apropos in meaning, the trail offers wondrous views of the High Country. For years I have meant to hike this trail. In 2017, torrential rains flooded the area and washed out the bridge near the Daniel Boone Scout Trail. In 2018, I started to hike … More Tanawha Trail

Shut-In Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Buck Spring Gap to French Broad River

November 16, 2017 I envisioned the end of the Pisgah 400 in just this manner. In lieu of finishing a small trail in the middle of the forest, I wanted to hike out of Pisgah. The closest to that would be the Shut-In Trail. It winds along the spine of the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) … More Shut-In Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Buck Spring Gap to French Broad River

Buck Spring Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Pigeon Gap to Buck Spring Gap

November 11, 2017 The home-stretch is upon the Pisgah 400. Originally, I thought of doing 28 miles and finishing the challenge in a crazy blaze of glory. As I reflected on that idea, I realized that is not how I have hiked over the past 2 years. I’ve taken my time, enjoyed the trails, savored … More Buck Spring Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Pigeon Gap to Buck Spring Gap

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