View from top of Mt. Pisgah

Mt. Pisgah

3 mi round-trip Tread Condition: Moderately RoughClimb: Climbs ModeratelyLowest Elevation: 4980Highest Elevation: 5730Total Elevation Gain: 750Configuration: Out-and-backStarting Point: Mount Pisgah Parking Area, Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 407.6 Pisgah Inn View View Downtown Asheville Bear Poop Tower on Mt Pisgah View of Cold Mountain

Skyline Trailhead

Skyline Trail

September 9, 2017 2.0 Miles Round Trip from Exclamation Point - Elevation Gain: 472' After several years of closure, the Skyline Trail was re-opened in September of 2017. Apparently, the original trail was closed after a toddler fell to its death.  Since then, the trail has been re-routed and fencing was added at the top … Continue reading Skyline Trail

Cedar Rock Summit

Cedar Rock Hike

CEDAR ROCK VIA CAT GAP LOOP Distance: 7.1 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 1843' Difficulty: Moderate Check out more about this hike by clicking here. We began this hike clockwise from the parking lot. The wind was fierce but we didn't feel the effects of it while we were down in the cove.  The temperature was … Continue reading Cedar Rock Hike

Spring at Biltmore

Spring at Biltmore is a flower fanatic's dreamworld. The gardens are brimming with daffodils, hyacinth, forsythia, tulips and periwinkle, just to name a few. Today, the tulips were up, but they had not quite bloomed out. Maybe next week, I can go back and take tulip pictures. The current exhibit in the mansion and on … Continue reading Spring at Biltmore

NC Wildflowers

Spring has sprung here in the mountains and I'm scrambling to get out and photograph as many flowers as possible before they are gone.  So many of the spring flowers bloom only for a few short days! So, here are a few of the flowers I saw today. Bluets Common Blue Violet Star Chickweed Barren … Continue reading NC Wildflowers

Buckhorn Gap

New trails seem to be "trending" early in this new year. One trail we had not tried yet was in The Avery Creek area that is a great place to hike during the winter months when the parkway is closed. Distance: 3.0 miles to Buckhorn Gap Shelter (6 miles RT) Elevation Gain: 1100 feet Difficulty:  Moderate … Continue reading Buckhorn Gap

Spiked Lobelia

Cat Gap Loop

This morning Phil and I hiked Cat Gap Loop. Having hiked this trail many times over the years, summer, fall, winter and spring, we were amazed at how muddy it was.  I guess boggy would be a more appropriate term. The trail was so boggy in places that it was really hard to keep our … Continue reading Cat Gap Loop

Chimney Rock State Park

Trails Four Seasons Trail: 1.54 Miles Round TripWoodland Trail from lower parking lot to main parking lot – Elevation Gain: 354′ Hickory Nut Falls Trail: 2.06 Miles Round TripBranches off Four Seasons Trail to bottom of 400′ waterfall – Elevation Gain: 417′ Visitor’s Parking Lot to Exclamation Point: 1.1 Miles RT – Elevation Gain: 558′ Skyline Trail: 2.0 Miles … Continue reading Chimney Rock State Park