A Day on the Mountain (Sort of)

Medoc Mountain State Park, Halifax, NC **We have added Medoc Mountain State Park to the list of our Best Hikes in the Triangle Area. Okay, so there's no actual mountain here...it's still one of the best and least crowded outdoor getaways within an hours drive of Raleigh.** For our first official expedition with new team …

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The Best Bad Advice On Hiking!

Want The Best Bad Advice On Hiking? It's All Too Easily Found   There Latin phrase that has been adopted for consumers…Caveat Emptor. Buyer Beware. Anyone know what the Latin phrase for ‘Surfer Beware’ is? It is a truism of the internet…if you search in any popular search engine for a greatest or best or …

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Loving the Loved To Death Park: How to Avoid Crowds in the Smokies

Avoiding The Crowds is Key to Enjoying America's Most Visited National Park There are no shortage of published sources that tell you how to have a great time in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. On the subject of avoiding the crowds, most of the advice boil downs to, “Don’t go where the other people do …

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The Hike to the World’s Most Celebrated Bunion, Charlies!

Charlie’s Bunion, Great Smoky Mountains National Park *We have added Charlie’s Bunion via the AT to our list of Great Hikes in the Southern Appalachians. It’s actually a no-brainer on this list, a hike that everyone in the region eventually does. It would also be very near the top of our favorite hikes named for …

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Is this the Best Trail in the Southern Appalachians?

Black Balsam via the Art Loeb Trail *We have added Black Balsam/Tennent Mountain via the Art Loeb Trail to our list of the best hikes in the Southern Appalachians. In fact, the Art Loeb Trail in it’s entirely may be the best multi-day trail in the South. This is just one (arguably the best) section …

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It’s December and Guess What’s Coming Down the Chimney? A Rock!

Chimney Rock State Park, NC *We have added Chimney Rock to our Best Places to Hike in the Southern Appalachians. Though developed already (maybe a little overdeveloped) this is yet another park that could be much better than it already is. **We last visited Chimney Rock State Park almost nine years ago. Though the photos …

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The Incredible Shrinking (and Late Arriving Fall) Color Show

Higher Temps and More Rain, Humidity Mean a Later Onset of Autumn How did this year’s fall color display in the Appalachian Mountains compare with those of years past? The short answer, at least when we were there to experience it, is…not that well. For the second straight year, fall colors came late to the …

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