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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘NC Mountains’

2016 Mar17 CRSP 1

I Counted the Steps!

So, during my workout hike at Chimney Rock State Park, I counted 1322 steps on the main trails leading from the Lower Parking Lot at the ticket booth to the very top at Exclamation Point.  This does not include a few “detours” through the “Subway”and “The Outcroppings.”  I had counted the stairs a few years ago, before upgrades had been made. …

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New Wildflowers Added

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.

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Buckhorngap 17


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. The Buckhorn Gap Trail is further down Avery Creek Road than we usually go. It is a heavily traveled 3 mile trail to …

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Trombatore Landscape Me1

New Trail on Bearwallow Mountain

Distance: 5 Miles RT Elevation Change: 1000 feet Difficulty: Moderate Trailhead Parking: Take Hwy 64 east from 1-26 in Hendersonville, NC. About 2 1/2 miles past I-26, turn left on Fruitland Rd. Next, turn left on Old Clear Creek Rd go only a few hundred yards and turn right on Bearwallow Mountain Rd. Follow Bearwallow Mountain Road and after a few miles, …

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Deer at Chimney Rock

Sightings at Chimney Rock

Every once in awhile you get come across a neat little creature.  This doe and fawn was so peaceful until I interrupted them.

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Sam Knob Trail

MTS – Flat Laurel Creek Loop

We park in the grass on the side of the parkway at the intersection of the Art Loeb Trail between the turn off to Black Balsam and the Devil’s Courthouse at approximately mile marker 421.3. Go north on the Art Loeb. The trail accents immediately from the parkway rising over 400′ in the elevation from the parkway .2 miles to …

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Black Mtn. USGS Marker

Pressley Cove to Black Mtn. Trail

Total Distance: 5.2 miles round trip Total Elevation Gain: 1809 ft. Difficulty: Strenuous! Sunday, January 9, 2014 It was a bluebird day as the temperature climbed from the low 30’s to the mid 50’s — a great day to be outside in the woods. We accessed Pressley Cove Trailhead on Avery Creek Road (Forest Service Road #422). This little trail is …

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Hiking 2014

Hiking Log 2014 Business and holidays have kept my blog posts from happening. This year, the only resolution that I want to make is to keep up the blog with pictures of the grands and posts about each hike. I will be adding a few posts with pictures from the holidays to catch up but right now, I want to …

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Sandy on the Trail

Hiking in October

October hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains is one of my favorite things to do. Phil has taken this week off and we have decided to spend it at home resting and doing mini-adventures close to home. On Sunday, we drove down to Table Rock State Park and hiked up to Pinnacle Mountain. The Table Rock Trail  begins at the main …

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Late Season Butterfly

Hiking Update

The hike today was one that we have done a couple of times and kept us up high (over 5,000′ in elevation) for the duration of the hike. It is always cooler the higher up we go, so on those hot and humid days, it is good to hike as high as possible. We parked on Hwy 215 north of …

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