OLD RAG MOUNTAIN

***As we celebrate the Holidays here at BecauzeItzThere, please enjoy this re-run of a post that appear in this space earlier in the year -- one of the most popular trails in the Southern Appalachians, Old Rag Mountain. It is our favorite single hike in the South! *Old Rag Mountain is one of Becauseitzthere's Best …

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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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There’s More to Stone Mountain State Park Than Stone (But There’s plenty of That, Too)

Stone Mountain State Park, NC What could be simpler to grasp than Stone Mountain State Park? It’s a state park with a mountain that has a lot of…well, stone in it. You gotta love simple. Of course, any mountain by definition has a bunch of stone in it. But rarely is so much of it …

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A Weekend of Coastal Fortification in Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina ***Though BecauseItzThere is mostly a hiking blog, from time to time we will showcase travel of other sorts here, especially when it related to the outdoors, nature and history. As we’ve been hitting the mountains a lot lately, including two weeks of it in Europe, it was only a matter of time …

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Billionaire Adventurer Branson Survives Rockslide on Mont Blanc

Branson described being "seconds" from death while climbing Mont Blanc One of the most notable men on Earth recently survived what he described as a near death experience on the slopes of Mont Blanc. No. Not this guy. THIS guy. Sir Richard Branson, the globetrotting British billionaire and founder of Virgin Group, stated in post …

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Sent To The Big House (Mountain)

Big House Mountain, VA *We have added the Big House Mountain hike in House Mountain Preserve to our list of the Best Hikes in the Southern Appalachians. It is a REALLY interesting hike in west-central Virginia. Note that there are several options to this hike and the one we ended up hiking was...somewhat on the …

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