This site is designed to provide quick access to informative North Carolina hiking websites. Hiking enthusiasts like you have posted excellent North Carolina hiking and backpacking pages on free web servers -- only to be ignored by search engines. The purpose of this site is to provide a way to find these personal hiking pages, and make your research easier.
good photos, some basic info. This is a really good site by Tony Presley, although it doesn't have the detailed trail description type info we look for. But you ought to check it out...Tony has his priorities straight.
Carolina Bergs is a Charlotte area club formed in the 70's by people wanting to make friends with others who enjoy outdoor activities. The Bergs invite and encourage anyone with an interest in great outdoors to join the club. Membership is varied with families, married couples and singles of all ages. The types of outings that are regularly led are hiking, backpacking, canoe/kayak paddling (flat & whitewater), biking (street & mountain), skiing (cross-country & downhill), camping, and whitewater rafting. Most day trips are within hours of Charlotte to the mountains of North Carolina, South Carolina, or Virginia. Weekend trips can venture to as far away as Georgia for a black water swamp experience or to West Virginia for a ski trip. Some are fortunate enough to take one to two weeks for a ski trip to Colorado or a backpack trip to the desert area of Arizona. Looks like a good bunch.
Free ebook here...this is a link to the USFS North Carolina's Annual Recreation Publication in pdf format. If you have a hi-speed connection or plenty of free time to stare at a download progress bar, you can grab the entire book at once. On the other hand, this page conveniently allows you to download smaller sections, one at a time, as you need them. It's quite a book, listing all USFS campgrounds and describing many recreation opportunities available in North Carolina's four national forests.
Craggy Pinnacle, Mount Pisgah, Moore Creek Falls, Potato Knob, Mount Mitchell...all the usual suspects are on this site, plus dozens of trails you probably never heard of. It's supported with some of the best online maps and photos you'll find. An outstanding resource for hiking in the western part of the state; site by Jordan Mitchell.
North Carolina Sierra Club website. Yes, they are political, and we don't understand why they fight to save the wilderness, then turn around and crash through with steel tipped hiking poles in both hands. Doesn't make much sense; then again, politics seldom do. Anyway, they do promote some good stuff and organize numerous worthwhile outings, and hey, it's better than joining the North Carolina Wilderness Housing Development Golf Course and ATV Trail PAC.
here's the TrailsofNC.com site, which provides short but solid write ups with photos, directions and info on about a dozen key trails, with new ones being added continuously. As of May 2007, the site features write ups on trails found at Blue Ridge Parkway, Eno River State Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hanging Rock State Park, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Mingo Falls Trail (a short 1/2 mile deal in the Swain Mountains), Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve, Tom's Creek Falls Trail (McDowell Mountains), West Point on the Eno Park, and White Pines Nature Preserve. We'll keep an eye on this site and let you know how it grows -- right now well worth a click if any of the above interest you.
The best part of Jon Maloney's site isn't necessarily the waterfalls (see link immediatley above) but this one, which has some 30+ trails scattered throughout SW North Carolina, including Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Pilot Rock, Sam Knob, Bartram Trail, Art Loeb Trail, Bennett Gap, Cat Gap, Farlow Gap...you name it. As mentioned elsewhere, I like the way Jon provides mile by mile details; his reports are worth printing out and taking along.
Here's a blog by a gentleman named Mark Peacock that focuses on hiking in the Appalachian highlands of Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, Great Smokies, etc. Good blog offerings range from hike descriptions to random observations about the region and some excellent photos. Has a good indexing feature on the lower right hand side of the site that will enable you to call up each entry on a given location or topic. Good stuff, well worth looking at.
this is the MountainTrailHiker.com website by Ted Murray, heavy emphasis on photography. Good site for getting a visual for key hiking destinations in NC. Has some brief descriptions, and some video as well.
A large portion (68%) of Graham County is located within the boundaries of the Nantahala National Forest which is administered by the United States Forest Service . Hiking trails abound in all parts of the county. There are over 40 trails varying in scenery, terrain, and degree of difficulty. The trails range from mountain top panoramas to lake side vistas. Real good site maintained by Tom Livingston of Robbinsville, NC. Includes descriptions (Tom says they're brief but we think they're just fine) directions, all sorts of info.
subsection of the HikingtheCarolinas.com website. Excellent, excellent site. If you are headed to the Great Smoky Mountain NP, you must click this one. Well done. Nice photos, descriptions, you name it.
here's a nice guide to some day hikes in the vicinity of Highlands and Cashiers. It's on the HighlandHiker.com site, a respected retailer in the region. Click to this page and you'll find helpful directions/descriptions for five popular hikes: Chattooga River Head Trail, Granite City Trail, Satulah Mountain Trail, Sunset Rock Trail and
Whiteside Mountain Trail. Good info here.
This page describes the Old Mitchell Trail from the Visitor Center to Mt. Mitchell, and the Deep Gap Trail from Mt. Mitchell to Cattail Peak. Has map, description, notes, and superb photos. Outstanding page by Arnt Flatmo of Norway.
It is an easy 2 mile figure 8 loop that travels through one of the few remaining tracts of virgin hardwood forests in the Appalachians. 3800 acres of this primeval forest were dedicated as a living memorial to poet Joyce Kilmer.
Stopped in Charlotte and bypassed Rock Hill...
My lovely wife Sandy has a "Hike North Carolina" sweatshirt that she seems to wear whenever and wherever we go hiking. Mt. Rainier? Hike North Carolina. Sedona? Hike North Carolina. No problem, other than the photographs tend to create confusion for the geographically challenged.
North Carolina offers such varied terrain...dunes, cypress swamps, piedmont, sand hills, ridge and valley, until finally, the great heights of the Appalachians...it can be quite confusing even for a geographical whiz. I, for instance, understand North Carolina thoroughly: Stick to the beaches, it's much easier hiking than the mountains.
All kidding aside, the book to start with for those unfamiliar with a lot of hiking opportunities is Randy Johnson's
Hiking North Carolina from the FalconGuide series. This covers all the "key" hikes, with enough details so that you can't get lost. Unless, of course, you saw that picture of my wife at the North Carolina glacier. Seriously, it's a very helpful book, with a little of everything.
If you knew that the lyric above, "stopped in Charlotte and bypassed Rock Hill" was lifted from the Chuck Berry-penned Promised Land, give yourself 4 slackpacker trivia points. If you thought of Elvis's version, add 1 point; Freddy Weller's, add 3 points.
-- Rick Bolger
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