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...]

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...]

Cumberland Trail: Cascades of Duskin Creek – Tennessee

Went with some friends to check out this secluded section of the Cumberland Trail in Tennessee.  This was by far one of my favorite trips ever.  The trail is located in Spring City, Tennessee.  Chances are you've never even heard of Spring City; that's the point.  The seclusion this trail offers, along with the interesting sandstone formations, the crystal clear waters, cascades, and perfect swimming holes makes it a fantastic weekend excursion.  Couldn't find much information online regarding … [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...]

Panthertown Valley: Little Green Mountain Summit, Granny Burrell Falls, and Schoolhouse Falls – North Carolina

Went with a friend and my dog Jade and did this unique hike in the Panthertown Valley.  Referred to as the Yosemite of the East, features of this particular hike include 300 ft sheer rock faces and amazing views of the Panthertown Valley, Salt Rock Gap, Black Rock Mountain, Balsam Mountains to the North, Big Green Mountain, Cold Mtn, Big Pisgah and more.  This is the perfect place to pack some food and have a picnic lunch while taking in the views.  Also, you can actually walk behind Schoolhouse … [Read more...]

Cohutta Wilderness: Emery Creek Trail – Georgia

Took an overnight trip with my dog Jade to this secluded trail in the Cohutta Mountains which features a historic Cherokee gathering site, incredibly scenic mountain views, thick and mysterious hemlock groves, and a nice waterfall at the endpoint.  This hike is rated difficult/strenuous due to the 2,200 foot elevation ascent on the return trip; however, the views and remoteness of this hike make it well worth the effort.  The total time for hiking this trail there-and-back is approximately 4.5 … [Read more...]

Cohutta Wilderness: East Cowpen & Panther Creek Trails – Georgia

Went with the fiancée and our three dogs to the Cohutta Wilderness to check out this hike that features a combined waterfall with a nice mountain view.  The view from vista, the waterfall, and the overall secluded environment of the Cohutta Wilderness makes this trek one of my favorite hikes in the southeast.  The total distance is 8.2 miles there-and-back (4.1 miles each way) and is rated moderate to difficult.  Plan on this hike taking approximately 4 hours to complete.     Directions … [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...]

Panther Creek Falls in Habersham County

What better way to spend a 30-degree Christmas day than on the trails, right?  That's how I spent my 2014 Christmas: exploring the Panther Creek Falls trail in Habersham County.  Don't get this trail confused with the Panther Creek trail in the Cohutta Wilderness.  This hike takes you under, over, and even through rock faces as it works its way through the forest to a scenic waterfall at the end of the trail.  The beauty of this trail makes it a popular spot, so you will undoubtedly see other … [Read more...]