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Meanderthals | Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain – A Photo Essay

Meanderthals | Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain – A Photo Essay

Meanderthals | Cataloochee Divide Trail to Hemphill Bald, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Meanderthals | Cataloochee Divide Trail to Hemphill Bald, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Section 1 of the Art Loeb Trail is in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC overlooking the Davidson River Recreation Area. The North Slope Trail is a loop contained within the boundary created by the Art Loeb and the river. Combining the two via a connector makes an 8-mile loop that takes in a large portion of the forest above the river. Dense and damp in summer months, the mostly deciduous forest gets a lot of rainfall and remains green well into mid-autumn.

Section 1 of the Art Loeb Trail is in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC overlooking the Davidson River Recreation Area. The North Slope Trail is a loop contained within the boundary created by the Art Loeb and the river. Combining the two via a connector makes an 8-mile loop that takes in a large portion of the forest above the river. Dense and damp in summer months, the mostly deciduous forest gets a lot of rainfall and remains green well into mid-autumn.

From the Lower Cliffs of Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest (hung out here with camp in '01 and '02)

From the Lower Cliffs of Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest (hung out here with camp in '01 and '02)

Down in the far southern section of DuPont State Forest is the Reasonover area, near the community of Cedar Mountain. Home to several trails and a couple of reservoirs, like most of DuPont, Reasonover is a great place to go hiking. Reasonover is less than 3,000 feet, so you’re a lot less likely to encounter snow and ice. The Reasonover Creek Trail is the hub, with many other trails and forest roads branching out in every direction.

Down in the far southern section of DuPont State Forest is the Reasonover area, near the community of Cedar Mountain. Home to several trails and a couple of reservoirs, like most of DuPont, Reasonover is a great place to go hiking. Reasonover is less than 3,000 feet, so you’re a lot less likely to encounter snow and ice. The Reasonover Creek Trail is the hub, with many other trails and forest roads branching out in every direction.

Mountains to Sea Trail to Green Mountain Trail, Middle Prong Wilderness    The MtS winds through an ever-changing forest that runs the gamut of evergreens found in the high country of Western North Carolina. Past waterfalls and streams, through thickets and meadows, surrounded by 6000 foot tall mountain peaks, with the always present aroma of pine and spruce and fir, this stretch of the MtS to the Green Mountain Trail is a hiker’s delight. It doesn't get much better.

Mountains to Sea Trail to Green Mountain Trail, Middle Prong Wilderness The MtS winds through an ever-changing forest that runs the gamut of evergreens found in the high country of Western North Carolina. Past waterfalls and streams, through thickets and meadows, surrounded by 6000 foot tall mountain peaks, with the always present aroma of pine and spruce and fir, this stretch of the MtS to the Green Mountain Trail is a hiker’s delight. It doesn't get much better.

Meanderthals | Appalachian Trail on Grassy Ridge, Roan Highlands

Meanderthals | Appalachian Trail on Grassy Ridge, Roan Highlands

Shining Rock and Cold Mountain in the Shining Rock Wilderness of Pisgah National Forest. This view is from 6020' Tennent Mountain.

Shining Rock and Cold Mountain in the Shining Rock Wilderness of Pisgah National Forest. This view is from 6020' Tennent Mountain.

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