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...]

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...]

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: 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...]