John Rock

Park at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the State Fish Hatchery near Brevard. The John Rock trail can be accessed  from either direction from the parking lot. Counterclockwise isn't quite as steep going up on the rock and the hike along the creek going in is beautiful and serene. The elevation gain is … Continue reading John Rock

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

It was a sunny day in the upper 30's to lower 40's, my favorite hiking weather.  I parked in the upper parking lot and started my hike in the middle.  First, I  climbed the stairs to the Chimney and then onto the Devil's Head and up to Exclamation Point. It isn't very far, but almost … Continue reading Chimney Rock

Mt. LeConte 2016

Mt. LeConte

This year, it was just me and Phil. We left Thursday morning around 8:45 and drove through Maggie Valley, cut the corner on the parkway to the Oconoluftee Ranger Station going into the GSMNP. Wildfires were burning all around, but most of the s moke stayed below and south of us. You can see the … Continue reading Mt. LeConte

Chimney Rock

Fires in Western NC

Our area is experiencing a severe drought. Over the past 10 years, our hemlock trees have fallen to the hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae). The dry carcasses of the hemlocks litter the forest floor giving a lot of fuel to any fire danger. There are dead leaves laying in piles and piles everywhere. And, not least, the temperatures … Continue reading Fires in Western NC