Trails on Tuesdays

Trail: Waterrock Knob to Blackrock Mountain   Finally getting out on a hike in this great weather was a blessing. Although this wasn’t the planned hike, it was still great to get on the trail. We wanted to do a trail we’ve never done before but due to a road closer, we couldn’t get there.    Waterrock Knob to Blackrock Mountain trail is all at a higher elev...

Trails on Tuesdays

Trail: Lewellyn Cove Loop Trail   One of the great things about the mountains is that you can spot a trailhead sign along the road and just pull off on the side, park, and go for a hike. This is exactly what my husband, Barley, and I did! I had to show my listing near Fontana Village Resort & Marina, and with my husband and Barley in tow, afterwards we set o...

Trails on Tuesdays

Trail: Toxaway River Trail   Nestled in the mountains on Lake Toxaway is the luxurious Greystone Inn. Needing a break from our house and reality, I made a reservation for my husband and I and our dog Barely in one of their pet-friendly rooms right on the lake for two nights. Lake Toxaway is just outside the Cashiers area where many folks own beautiful vacat...

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A Day Late! :-) Trail: Noland Creek Trail – Great Smoky Mountains National Park   I waited until today to post this because it was a hike we did exactly two years ago today! It was a great hike and fun memory to share.   The Noland Creek trail begins off the Road To Nowhere out of Bryson City, NC. It’s a long winding road that eventually dead ends at a tunn...

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Trail: A snowy walk through our neighborhood   With little time this week to get out on a real hike and excited about the beautiful snow that had fallen, I decided that getting out for a walk in the crunchy snow on our mountain would be enough. The white, newly fallen snow offered a tranquil respite from work and allowed me to recharge in nature while enjoyi...

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Trail: Lake Junaluska Walking Trail   When the ball dropped at midnight beckoning in 2021, we opened the windows and doors of our home to bid farewell to 2020. I felt a new sense of hope come over me for the new year as 2020 headed out the door. I also thought about a favorite quote of mine by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Write it on your heart that every day is th...

Trails on Tuesdays

Trail: Pinnacle Peak via the East Fork Trail We’ve hiked up to the amazing Pinnacle peak before but every time you go, it looks different. The 300-degree views are spectacular and with winter in full effect now, everything looked quite different from when we hiked it the last time in late summer. We decided to take a different and longer route up to the Pinn...

Trails on Tuesdays

Trail: High Top Mountain Neighborhood Hike/Walk   With the busy holiday week and festivities of Thanksgiving, buying a Frazier Fir tree, and decorating for Christmas, there wasn’t much time to get out on a trail for a full-fledged hike. This morning we woke up to a light dusting of snow and flurries, which is always exciting! Luckily for us, our area doesn’t...

Trails on Tuesdays

Trail: Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park   We love the Deep Creek area with the waterfalls, beautiful creeks, great hiking trails, and easy access and decided to visit again.   This hike was a real treat, not just because this is such a beautiful area, but because we were with dear friends from Florida. Getting to spend time with friends h...

Trails on Tuesdays

Trail: Panthertown Loop   Today is officially Take a Hike day. So, what did we do, we headed out for a hike!    Panthertown is large area inside the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. Friends of Panthertown is a non-profit organization that provides funding and volunteers to help maintain the trails, bridges, parking areas, etc.    There are many miles o...

Trails on Tuesdays

Trail: A walk through my neighborhood   I wish that I could say I could head out on a hike every week to a remote trail with tranquil beauty. Most weeks it’s possible, but not all and this is one of those weeks. I wasn’t able to get out to a trail, so I thought I’d just do my “hike” in my neighborhood as we daily walk our dog here.   Fortunately, we live in ...

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Trail: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest   We headed out just over an hour from our home to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest for a hike in an area where you can still see old-growth trees. These trees were probably too small to cut back when these forests were clear cut for lumber and luckily still thrive today dwarfing all of the other trees in the area.    Joyc...

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Trail: Long Shore Trail from Fontana Dam (in the Smoky Mountain National Park)   What a cool and historic hike this was! First, we spent a little time checking out Fontana Dam. Each fall Fontana Lake is lowered for winter by opening the gates of the dam. It’s quite impressive seeing this volume of water shooting out like a geyser. You can drive over the dam ...

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Trail: Waterrock Knob Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway The Blue Ridge Parkway is an amazing place to see the beauty of the high mountaintops of the Smoky Mountains. Waterrock Knob is a pull off parking area with a short, but challenging half-mile hike up to the actual knob…the highest point, which is around 6,000 feet. The higher elevations are really seeing ...

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Trail: Bartram Trail from the Winding Stairs parking area along the Nantahala River and then up to the end of jeep trail at a cell phone tower The Bartram Trail is a trail that runs from the Florida/Georgia border all the way to Western North Carolina where it intersects with the Appalachian Trail at the Cheoah Bald mountaintop. We only hiked about a 3.5-mil...

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Trail: Richland Balsam Mountain loop trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway We love this three-mile or so trail that loops around Richland Balsam Mountain summit. With an elevation of over 6,000 feet, the terrain and plant/tree life are different from lower elevations. Larger and different kinds of pine trees, varying degrees of bright green mosses and ferns, alon...

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Trail: Bent Creek at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville   Hiking with friends and our dog Barley. What could be more fun! There are multiple trail opportunities at the Arboretum but we spent time on the Bent Creek trail. Our hike was around six miles total on an easy and relaxing trail. This is not a strenuous hiking area at all. We broke up our hike ...

Trails on Tuesdays

Trail: Deep Creek Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park   Looking for waterfalls? Well, the mountains of Western North Carolina are full of them. The Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great way to get out into nature and see some for yourself. Hiking on the Deep Creek trail, Tom Branch Falls is 0.2 miles and Indian Creek Fa...

Trails on Tuesdays

Trail: Bartram Trail to Cheoah Bald   At an elevation of 5,062 feet, Cheoah Bald stands tall against the surrounding peaks. Starting on the Bartram Trail where it intersects with HWY 19 outside of Bryson City in the Nantahala Gorge, the trail climbs for five miles to where it finishes at the Appalachian Trail (AT). Hiking another half mile on the AT brings y...

Trails on Tuesdays

Trail: Lakeshore Trail to Forney Creek Trail to Bear Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park This week’s 8+ mile roundtrip hike started at the end of the Road to Nowhere outside of Bryson City. The road was never completed and ends at a tunnel through the mountain where you pick up the Lakeshore Trail. Sad to say that no dogs are allowed on th...