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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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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Another Unheralded Gem of the National Park System

Teddy Roosevelt National Park *This post continues the mining of old photographs taken in the pre-digital era. We therefore apologize in advance that the quality of the pictures is not quite up to the usual standards. Today we’re again going back into the vault, to the days when photographs were printed on paper, phones didn’t …

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Looking to Get Off the Beaten Path? Try the Lone Star State

Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas Looking for a great American National Park experience? Our suggestion is to look off the beaten path. As far as the outdoor recreation community is concerned, that perfectly describes the dang ole Great State of Texas. No one thinks of Texas as being a hiking mecca. But …

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Standing Indian Loop Video

The Standing Indian Loop Hike via the AT In our newest video we hike the Standing Indian Loop in western NC...a very popular 3 day backpacking trip. It is one of the very few places where a long loop hike involving the AT is even possible without a great deal of logistical complication. It's also …

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