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...]

Arkaquah Trail: Locust Log Ridge Lookout – Georgia

Took a few family members on this hike that travels along the ridge of Brasstown Bald Mountain, between the cities of Hiawassee, GA and Helen, GA.  Brasstown Bald Moutain, referred to as Enotah by the native Cherokee people, is the highest natural point in GA with a summit elevation of 4,784 feet above sea level.  We went during the summer and this hike was full of scenery, interesting rock formations, occasional wildlife, and colorful flowers; however, this hike would be exceptionally ideal … [Read more...]