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Appalachian Trail – Newfound Gap to Big Creek via Low Gap and Big Creek Trails – 9/21 – 9/25/11

This was the most inspiring hikes I have done. Despite 3 days of rain, the views, hemlock and spruce fir smells, and comradeship made the hike the most memorable ever. We had a group of six, and left for Big … Continue reading

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James E. Edmonds Backcountry Trail, Black Rock Mountain State Park – 8/27/11

This was not an easy hike. The trail is registered as a 7.3 mile loop (or lollipop) trail, and the elevation from trail head parking to the primary vista, Look Off Mountain, varies very little. But it’s what is in … Continue reading

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Three Forks Trail – Rabun County, Ga. from Big Creek – 8/20/11

This was an interesting hike, 9.3 miles total, with strenuous ascents and descents to the falls. The environment resembled very much a rain forest — very humid, and we received a short but strong thunderstorm during the day, despite the weather forecast of only … Continue reading

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Art Loeb Trail Section 3 Black Balsam to Shining Rock – 8/13-8/14/2011

        This is a very beautiful hike, not too difficult, along the Blue Ridge Parkway Northwest of Brevard, NC.  The out hike took us 5.85 mi. to Shining Rock Gap, where we set up for the night … Continue reading

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Bartram Trail – Jones Gap to White Rock Mountain – 6/26/11

“A few miles the confluence of Mud Creek and the Little Tennessee River, just across the line into North Carolina,Tessentee Creek joins the Little Tennessee from the east. Somewhere near this junction lay the small Cherokee village of Tesantee, from which … Continue reading

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Rabun Bald from Hale Ridge Road on the East 6/18/11

         Slideshow (mouse over to see captions): Rabun Bald is the second highest peak in Georgia, second only to Brasstown Bald, and it offfers a 360 degree panorama at the summit from an old two story fire tower. … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail Hike 6/3 – 6/5/2011

This hike was for two nights and three days, from Winding Stairs near Franklin, NC to the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) in Wesser. Our total logged miles, including off treks to shelters, was 32.46 miles. Day one we set out … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail Hike 4/28 – 5/1/11

This was a nice hike from Winding Stairs Parking lot West of Franklin, NC to Dicks Creek Gap on Hwy 76 West of Clayton, Ga. The highlights of the hike were at Albert Mountain and Standing Indian Mountain, which provided … Continue reading

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