Newfound Gap

Where: Newfound Gap, NC/TN State Line Type of Activity: Hiking, Scenic Distance: Variable Newfound Gap, on Highway 441 between Cherokee and Gatlinburg, TN, is a popular stop for visitors who want to see some amazing views of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. At 5,046 feet, this parking lot is actually the lowest pass over the […]

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Wolf Rock to Cedar Rock Loop Trail

Type: Hiking Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation: +700/-700 Where: Stone Mountain State Park, Roaring Gap, NC The Wolf Rock Trail is, in my opinion, a hidden gem that offers some excellent views away from the typical crowds that frequent Stone Mountain State Park during any decent weather weekend. Most people come to the park to see […]

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Deep Creek Loop

Type of Adventure: Hiking Total Distance Hiked: 4.7 miles Location: Deep Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (just outside of Bryson City) Parking:  35.464266, -83.434574 If you like mountain creeks, waterfalls and hiking, you have to visit Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountain Wilderness just outside of Bryson City. For this particular trip, I had a few […]

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Rocks Trail

Date of Adventure:  03/11/2015 Type of Adventure: Hiking Total Distance Hiked: 1.4 miles (2.8 miles round trip) Those in Attendance:  Brittiany Byrd Location: Morrow Mountain State Park, Albermarle, NC As I have mentioned before, Morrow Mountain State Park offers so many things to do. The Rocks Trail is a great trail to check out, especially if you are […]

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NC Zoo Trails

In the last few years, the NC Zoo has been working on some hiking trails on the Zoo property.  All of the trails listed here do not require paying admission, but you still must abide by Zoo hours (6:30AM-7:00PM). I’ll admit, it is pretty cool sitting on the top of Purgatory and hearing lions roar […]

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Hanging Rock State Park

Date of Adventure:  07/28/2013 Type of Adventure: Hiking Total Distance Hiked: 4.2 miles Those in Attendance:  Brittiany Byrd, Shue Family Location: Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury, NC Took a middle of the summer Sunday afternoon trip to Hanging Rock State Park for some waterfall exploring and some sight seeing. Although there are 12 trails in the park […]

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Poison Fork/Little Long Mountain

Date of Adventure:  01/31/2015 Type of Adventure: Hiking Total Distance Hiked: 3.6 Those in Attendance:  Mike Chisholm Location: Uwharrie National Forest, Troy What a perfect day for a hike. This section of trail from the Jumping Off Rock Trailhead to the Joe Moffitt Trailhead is one of the newer sections of the reclaimed Uwharrie Trail, and I […]

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Rough Ridge

Date of Adventure:  Multiple visits Type of Adventure: Hiking Total Distance Hiked: 1.0 mile (to some awesome views) Location:  Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain If you are on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain and have an hour to spare, Rough Ridge is well worth your time. Although the trail goes much further, there are […]

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Raven Rock State Park

Date of Adventure:  3/9/2013 Type of Adventure: Hiking Total Distance Hiked: 4.3 miles Location:  Raven Rock State Park, Lillington, NC Those in Attendance: Luke Teague, Christina Voncannon, Daniel Luther, Ashley McMasters, Maycie Only 60 miles from Asheboro, Raven Rock State Park was relatively unknown to me until I had a meeting in Lillington and noticed the signs […]

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Stone Mountain State Park

Date of Adventure:  9/10-11/2011 Type of Adventure: Hiking/Camping/Trout Fishing Total Distance Hiked: 6.2 miles Location:  Stone Mountain State Park, Roaring Gap, NC Those in Attendance: Brittiany Andrews, Luke Teague, Christina Voncannon, Daniel Luther, Ashley McMasters, Maycie Just 100 miles (1 hour and 38 minutes according to Google Maps) from Asheboro, Stone Mountain is one of my favorite places […]

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