Had a chance to visit South Mountain State Park this past week and truly enjoyed the trip. I arrived in sunny, but cold, weather. The park was empty except for a few hardy souls that were taking in the clean air and trails. After I set up camp, I got my pack and started hiking. Continue reading
Sometimes the cabin fever is just too much. You know it is a little wet, a little colder than you want it to be, but you have to go outside. A few weeks ago, we went on a nice hike at Tanglewood Park, which down the road a bit from my house. I thought it would be a “boring” walk but it was just perfect. The River Walk is about 2.5 miles or so through a bird sanctuary and partial bog. It wasn’t a good time for the birds although we did see a few ducks. Nor were the turtles out. There were plenty of deer though.
As with many trips outdoors, the expectations of enjoyment can be exceeded. About a mile or so in, we stop seeing other people and our conversations grew more enjoyable. Anyone that hikes regularly prefers the quiet. On the way out we pass the bog and some areas for the birds to build nests. The trail is wide, beginning to green, with trees on each side. The river is not in sight yet.
As you work your way through the bog area, you notice feeders and birdhouses. The area is known for many species and bird watching is a favorite pastime of many that visit. But we are here to see how the river is flowing. It has rained for what seems like weeks and it should be moving pretty good.
Later this summer, I will bring my kayak and put in up river. There is some pretty good fishing in the river but there are plenty of stags like downed trees and limbs. You can’t get too serious about it. As we were working our way up river, we noticed some herrons in nests across the river. Big beautiful birds in flight, but today, just watching us.
Well, the hike finally ended, our car was still 3 miles away. So a good 5 miles or so, deer, ducks, birds, and a nice river. Good company and a good meal await.
Watch Your six.
Just off the Parkway, a few miles from Carolina Hemlock Recreational Area is the Crabtree Falls campground and recreational area. I recently visited the Pisgah National Forest to do some hiking and stayed at the campground. Continue reading
After a few days hiking in NC, I visited Grayson Highlands in Virginia. The park has everything a hiker or day camper can want. It’s trails are easy to the most advanced.
Took a couple of days off to visit the High Country of NC. Didn’t really have an agenda, just knew was free to do pretty much what I wanted.
I recently visited and hiking the Linville Falls after Hurricane Florence and was not surprised to see that the effects of the storm were evident in the area. Continue reading
After enjoying a good lunch, we decided to go up to Wiseman’s View which overlooks the Linville Gorge in the Pisgah National Forest.
While camping at the Linville Falls Campground and RV Park, Betty and I traveled a few miles to the Elk River Falls. The falls are a popular visit with people from all over the south. Continue reading
I was camping with friends and family members this past weekend at Jordan Price Lake near Blowing Rock when I had a chance to relive the past. While everyone else was taking breaks or just goofing off, I decided to take the 5 mile hike near the campground. Continue reading
Just outside Asheboro North Carolina is the Uwharrie National Forest. Part of the forest includes the Morrow Mountain State Park which has many trails and great views at the top of Morrow Mountain. Continue reading