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Hiking Log

My yearly Hiking Goal is 450 miles! Most of my hikes are in and near western North Carolina with a few iconic hikes while traveling. Follow my progress.

Daniel Ridge Loop

Daniel Ridge Loop

Distance: 4 Miles RT (discrepancy with Ramblr mileage) Elevation Change: 827 feet Difficulty: Moderate This trail is easy to get to in winter months when the parkway is closed. The trail begins on a gravel road for the first .1 mile, crossing a new “bridge to nowhere” then forks left at a carsonite sign. The trail follows the creek for …

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Shut In Trail

Elk Pasture Gap

PISGAH PARKING LOT TO ELK PASTURE GAP Distance: 4.2 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 1300 ft. Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep) Around 1890, the Shut-In trail was created by George W. Vanderbilt to link his Biltmore home with his hunting and outdoor lodge at Buck Springs (Near the current Pisgah Inn). While many think of this trail as following the Blue …

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Fryingpan Mtn Tower

Frying Pan Mountain Tower

The hike departs from a grassy parking area just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 409.6, several miles south of Mt Pisgah. (Compared to other popular hikes on the Parkway, like Black Balsam Knob and the uber-popular Graveyard Fields waterfalls, the hike’s understated trailhead is easy to miss. Park off the Parkway and don’t block the metal gate.) The …

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Grassy Mtn via Skidway

Grassy Mountain, MT

Grassy Mountain is located near White Sulphur Springs, Montana just off Highway 12. There are several ways to hike to the top of Grassy Mountain. Homeowners access route from Mountainview Trail Turn right off Shindle Rd onto Mountainview Trail. Drive approx. 2 miles to the community access point. From this entrance, you will walk through a few meadows and forested …

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MTS Trail to Green Knob

Green Knob

Green Knob Near Wagon Road Gap (out and back) Distance: 3 miles Elevation Gain: 816 feet Easy Hiking The Mountains to the Sea Trail crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway several times. One of those spots is just south of Wagon Road Gap. We hike this little trail when we want something quick and easy to get to. It is accessible …

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Jakescreek Sign

Jakes Creek – Cucumber Gap – Little River Trail

Distance Hiked: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 725 ft. Leaving Gatlinburg and traveling south on Smoky Mtn. Parkway take a right at the ranger’s station. Drive a few miles and turn left into Elkmont. Follow the signs to Jake’s Creek Trail. We pieced together a loop that began on Jake’s Creek Trail intersecting Cucumber Gap Trail after only .7 mile. Turn …

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John Rock Loop

John Rock Loop

Distance: 5.7 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 1375 ‘ 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.

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Jump Off via Newfound Gap

Trail Location: Newfound Gap Distance: 6.5 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 1275 Feet Difficulty: Moderate Highest Point: 6,225′ above sea level Description taken from the High in the Smokys website. The hike to the Jump Off begins from the Newfound Gap parking area. Hikers will travel eastbound along the Appalachian Trail to reach this rock outcropping. The steady climb over the course …

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Little Pisgah Ridge / Big Creek Trail

Distance 5 miles RT Elevation Gain: 1744′ Difficulty: Very Strenuous Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway by the Little Pisgah Ridge Tunnel to access Big Creek Trail, beginning elevation 4720′. The trail descends 2 1/2 miles down to Big Creek, elevation 2976′. The trail is wooded drops down the spine of the ridge with a lot of mountain laurel at the …

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Little Sam Knob – Flat Laurel Creek Loop

Distance: 6.4 miles RT Elevation Change: 794 feet Difficulty: Moderate Park where the Mountains to the Sea Trail intersects Hwy 215 north of the Blueridge Parkway and hike east on the Mountains to the Sea Trail. Hike a little over 2 miles and fork left on Little Sam Knob trail. Hike for approximately 1.5 miles to the intersection of the …

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