Buffalo Mountain is one of those beautiful oddities. Right in the middle of 3 cities, stands this tall gorgeous mountain of forest and wildlife. Surrounding it, lies buildings, shopping malls, restaurants, and industry. However, on the mountain this all melts away. Within minutes of shopping you can have hiking, creeks, wildlife, and solitude. It’s a … More Buffalo Mountain, Johnson City, Tennessee.
I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the Linville Gorge in North Carolina lately. Until recently, despite being oh so close to home, I haven’t taken the time to explore the wonderfully deep valley of boulders and trees. Solid information on the gorge is relatively hard to find, and perhaps this is what … More Linville Gorge Wilderness (East Rim Guide)
This past weekend, myself and a few of my friends set out on a 2 night camping trip to Stone Mountain, North Carolina. This park offers it all. Vistas, rock formations, stream crossings, cascades, waterfalls, wildlife, and much more. Instead of the heavy drumming of pack laden feet, I decided it was time for a … More Stone Mountain, Nc
If you haven’t been to Bays Mountain Park, you’re doing yourself a terrible terrible injustice. Where else can you hike 38 miles of trail around a lake, visit a planetarium, tackle adventure courses, and view a nature habitat complete with wolves, bobcats, deer, otters, raptors, and more all in one trip? It’s all here. It’s … More Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport Tennessee
Today, we would assault the first “pass” of the Four pass loop. The goal was to summit West Maroon Pass, descend in the valley and rest up for tomorrows’ summit, Frigid Air Pass. Shortly after leaving camp, we were devoured in the most beautiful meadow I have ever seen. The valley opened up, with the … More Four Pass Loop, Maroon Bells Colorado (part 2)
Laura Falls is a rare spot. It’s an amazing hike with a huge payoff, but with minimal effort. You’ll receive beautiful views of the river, cascades, rock walls, bridged river crossings, succulent forests, and at the end, a spectacular, gushing waterfall that stands several stories tall. I classify this hike as a mild hike, and … More Laurel Falls, Hampton Tn
It was a long, long drive, with seven people and seven backpacks piled into the chambers of a rented Dodge Caravan. 24 hours of road time, plus stops and rest breaks makes for a lot of time to think. It was the thoughts, the wonder, the curiosity, the fantasy of my boots on the dirt … More Four Pass Loop, Maroon Bells Colorado (part 1)
Grandfather mountain is only about an hour from where I live, which makes the fact that I have only visited the mountain once previously utterly absurd. To correct my act of trail blasphemy, I decided to host a hike to one of the famous peaks, Calloways Peak, on one of the less famous trails, the … More Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, Daniel boone Scout trail.
It’s seemingly rare, the idea of doing things the hard way just because they’re harder, but that’s exactly the idea that I had. Typically, people will hike through this section from Carvers Gap to US 19E in which you basically drive to the top of the mountain before hitting the trail. Most will hike out … More Summiting Roan Mountain, NC
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as we boarded the ferry that would carry us across the water to the secluded land mass known as Cumberland Island. Certainly, t he idea of backpacking a 10 mile long island off the coast of Georgia was intriguing, but furthermore the fact that I knew very little … More Cumberland Island National Seashore. A week long journey.