Appalachian Trail: Tray Mountain Summit – GA

On our way to the mountains for the weekend, the fiancee and I decided to get a day hike in on the Appalachian Trail.  We chose to make the trip up Tray Mountain and take in the views from the summit.  A relatively short hike, the total distance is 2.4 miles (1.2 miles each way).  I would rate this trail as moderate, as you walk slightly uphill for the first half, and a great trail to take the kids or dogs for a walk in the woods. Directions to the trailhead:  From the bridge in Helen, GA … [Read more...]

Tallulah River Gorge Rim Loop – Georgia

Took a day hike to check out one of the impressive natural wonders of Georgia: Tallulah River Gorge.  The views offered on this hike are some of the finest in the southeast.  Other features include various waterfalls, swimming (with a permit), a sliding rock (with a permit) and an impressive suspension bridge over the Tallulah river.  The aforementioned views are beautiful, but be warned that the accessibility of the trail makes this hike quite popular and you will undoubtedly see other outdoor … [Read more...]

Gorges State Park/Pisgah National Forest: Waterfalls of the Horsepasture River – North Carolina

July 2014 Went with some buddies to Gorges State Park/Pisgah National Forest to check out the waterfall hike along the Horsepasture River this weekend.  I've wanted to check this site out for some time and I was not disappointed.  Due to the beautiful scenery of the waterfalls, great swimming holes, and a sliding rock, this hike is quite popular and you will undoubtedly be accompanied by other hikers.  Regardless of the crowd, Rainbow Falls is a must-see for hiking and waterfall enthusiasts.  … [Read more...]

Raven Rock Cliffs on the Chattooga River – Georgia

First of all, don't confuse this trail for Raven Cliff Falls in Helen, GA, as they are not the same.  A good friend of mine showed me this trail a few years back and it's been a popular spot for me and my friends to visit every summer.  This remote there-and-back hike is approximately 3.5 miles total (1.74 miles each way) and the main feature is a nice swimming hole at the end beneath a towering rock face.  The hike is considered moderate to difficult based on the consistent elevation gain on … [Read more...]

Frogcreek Valley: Desoto Falls Trail – Georgia

Snuck this hike in on a drive home from visiting my parents in the northeast GA mountains.  You have to park and pass through a public campground to access this trail, so don't expect too much seclusion.  However, the two waterfalls on this trail are worth checking out and this is a nice, easy day hike for a family, photographers, and all waterfall enthusiasts.  Located near Blood Mountain and the Applachian Trail, this hike is a total of 2.4 miles and is rated as easy, with 1 or 2 very small … [Read more...]

Bartram Trail: Becky Branch & Martin Creek Falls – Georgia

Took all three of my dogs to do this quick waterfall hike on the Bartram Trail (a 115-mile trail spanning from Georgia to North Carolina named after famed explorer and naturalist William Bartram).  This portion of the trail is not as popular as some of the other hikes in the area, but the fine waterfalls and the seclusion make for a great day hike.  The total distance for this hike is 4 miles there-and-back (2 miles each way).  This hike is considered moderate due to some gradual elevation … [Read more...]

Providence Canyon – Georgia

Went to southwest Georgia to checkout the trails at Providence Canyon state park.  This one has been on my list for years after I saw a picture of the canyon in a 5th grade Science book in the chapter on Erosion.  This was a great hike due to the unique, colorful geological formations.  The trail was neatly maintained and due to the relatively flat nature of the trail, I would rate this hike as Easy.  Backcountry campsites are available with a fee and reservation.  However, I would recommend … [Read more...]

Sumter National Forest: Brasstown Falls – South Carolina

Went with the fiancee and our dogs for an overnight camping trip in the Sumter National Forest.  Located on the southern edge of the Sumter National Forest, Brasstown Falls offers camping and a short hike with three waterfalls.  While fairly secluded in a portion of a scenic vale known as Brasstown Valley, it’s a popular place and you should expect to see other outdoor enthusiasts on your trip.  Given the short 20-minute (0.25 mile) moderate hike and the various swimming holes, Brasstown falls … [Read more...]