Buffalo Mountain, Johnson City, Tennessee.

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…

Linville Gorge Wilderness (East Rim Guide)

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…

Stone Mountain, Nc

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…

Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport Tennessee

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…

Four Pass Loop, Maroon Bells Colorado (part 2)

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…

Laurel Falls, Hampton Tn

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…

Summiting Roan Mountain, NC

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…