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Another great hike! The winter snow slowed me down a bit, but also allowed me to have this awesome trail all to myself. Excited to get back out on this trail during warmer weather and actually reach the pinnacle.
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So, you've made it to Vermont...the end is near but still so far away...the last 3 states are some of the best hiking on the trail and full of adventure...the trail towns in this area are different from what you've seen and the weather begins to cool...this is a great time to be on the trail! take your time, stay in the moment and appreciate the trail...
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If you make it to Harpers Ferry, WV, you've done something pretty exceptional...and that should be celebrated...take a night, enjoy Harpers Ferry, then hit the trail! And enjoy...by now, summer weather has kicked in and it's hot...real hot...you'll be hiking early in the morning and later in the evening, your pack will be super light and the towns become more frequent...also, you'll see tons of berries...blueberries, blackberries, cherries, mulberries, wineberries, strawberries...it's a fantastic time to be on the trail...
Before we move on to the next section, i need to add one more thing to the last section...at Mile 496.9, take the Wilburn Ridge Trail...it parallels the A.T. for about a mile, but takes you up and over some awesome rocks with fantastic views...definitely check out this trail...
And with that, let's hit Maryland...click here to read more.
(This is a lot of fun to do...)
By this point, you'll have reached Damascus, VA, one of the best towns on the trail...Damascus is a milestone on the trail, the quarter way point...by now, you'll have strong legs and a great feel for what the trail is like...you'll have seen a lot, but the next challenge you face isn't physical...it's mental...my piece of advice for that is this: EVERYONE goes through it...the trail is hard...fight through it, the trail experience is worth it...what you have seen in GA, NC and TN are nothing like what you'll see anywhere else...what i did/do when the trail blahs hit, i hit the nearest town, get some beer and pizza, take a shower and relax...one day, two days, heck three days...the cost of a hotel or two is far less than a bus trip home and the inevitable regret of being off the trail and away from your new hiker friends...as long as money isn't the issue, stay on the trail!
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So, i've always wanted to do this...take the guidebook and make recommendations for hikers as far as places to stay, see, visit, enjoy, and experience...the guidebook is great for all the trail's details, but hopefully i can fill in a little color on what you are about to go thru...
There are many things i didn't highlight, like waterfalls for example...i just assume any waterfall that's less than .5 miles from the trail is mandatory for viewing...these are just my recommendations from my experiences on the trail...the trail is about creating an adventure, so take this knowledge and go create your own!
So here we go:
Mile -8.8 The Approach Trail - I always recommend doing the Approach Trail...while it will be one of the hardest sections of the trip, Amicalola Falls State Park is beautiful and a great place to have your family drop you off and get a feel for the Southern Appalachia...also, the waterfall (and the steps going up it) are breathtaking...if you do the Approach Trail, Black Mountain Shelter is a good day's ending point...
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This summer we've taken a few trips over to Mount Mitchell State Park. It's one of our favorite places to explore and take guests visiting us in Asheville.
Here's a look at a couple of trips out to this awesome area!
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At approximately 60 feet, Looking Glass Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in North Carolina. Located just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway off of Hwy 276, it's a popular spot for both tourists and swimming hole enthusiasts. Expect to see plenty of cars parked along the road (and sometimes in the road!).
A real "must see" for those traveling along the Parkway, enjoying the beauty of Pisgah National Forest.
This tower was once located on top of Little Snowball Mountain, but has since been deconstructed and rebuilt in Big Ivy, NC. It's the only tower that doesn't require a hike (it's in the middle of the community park) for completion of the Lookout Tower Challenge. If you are interested in seeing this little guy, google map Big Ivy Community Center and it's right there. I drove past it on a few adventures not even realizing it was right there.
Tower number 17 of 24 for me!
Another great adventure all around!
After hiking up Barnett Knob and checking out the fire tower up there, I headed to this behemoth. About 15 minutes apart and very visible from atop each other, hiking Barnett Knob and Mount Noble in the same day makes for a great afternoon. My initial plan was to also include a trip out to Cowee Bald and the tower there, but I was a bit unsuccessful at finding the correct route out there. Though, we'll save that story for that post.
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Working my way towards completing the North Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge, I visited this impressive structure the other day. Unfortunately when Rooney and I got up there, it was in a cloud and the views weren't all that exciting. I'll definitely go back though as it was located right off the Blue Ridge Parkway and I'm a sucker for tower/parkway combos!
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Update! Life has become busy in a great way, so we don't have a lot of time for blogging these days. We've left the site up as a reference, and we do check our blog emails whenever we can, but we are no longer actively posting or commenting. Thanks for understanding and have a wonderful day!
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