Top Ten Hikes in the Southern Appalachians, Version 1.0

For some time we’ve been toying with the idea of publishing a list of our Favorite Hikes in the Southern Appalachians. We have a whole page devoted to the subject of course…but we have never published this as an actual ranked top ten list.

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Sharp Top’s stunning exposed rock summit gets it onto our list

Mostly this is because we didn’t feel we’d hiked enough times hereabouts to get a real sense of what is and isn’t best. We STILL feel that we have  ways to go in that respect…but nonetheless, we’ve done enough hikes at this point to release a first generation top ten list…the Top Ten Hikes in the Southern Appalachians, V 1.0.

Best National Parks Hikes
Old Rag holds the top spot for now
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The Linville Gorge is probably our favorite place to hike in North Carolina

Note that to qualify, the hikes must be…

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The Grayson Highlands ponies up at number four

Without further ado…

BecauzeItzThere’s Best Hikes in the Southern Appalachians — V 1.0

  1. Old Rag, VA
  2. Hikes along the Linville Gorge Rim, NC
  3. The Art Loeb Trail/Black Balsam, NC
  4. AT: The Grayson Highlands, VA
  5. Mount Cammerer, TN
  6. AT: The Standing Indian Loop, NC
  7. The Alum Cave Trail to Mt. Leconte, TN
  8. Elk Knob, NC
  9. Looking Glass Rock, NC
  10. Sharp Top, VA

*Note that part the AT Roan Mtn. section was hiked by Brian and Sylvia some years back but conditions were so poor that a do-over is needed. Same can be said for McAfee Knob.*

Check back from time to time…this list will change!

What are some of YOUR favorite southern hikes?

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