I absolutely love ridgeline views along the Appalachian Trail. For one thing, if I’m on a ridgeline, I usually don’t have to climb a lot—well, in my dreams. In places, the trail just rolls along.

The AT views as the trail moves through Georgia is so much fun to hike. We went back to Wildcat Mountain to test Pat’s new hip. The summer is ebbing away and the trail was calling us to return, so we chose a small hike that would have some ups and downs to see if physically, we could go to another level.

And the answer is yes! She did great on the trail and really did not have any pain. Hurrah!

The summer view from my punchy Sony looking out toward Cowrock Mountain. I’m ready to rehike it and probably will in the next few weeks.

Plenty of summer views as you walk through the dense forests of northeast Georgia.

Always love to travel through a Rhododendron Tunnel

More of the same as you travel to the top of Wildcat. Remember there’s no “official” marker on the top of this mountain—just an open area where you can sit for a while or camp. I did notice a lot of lichens at the top.

You pass lots of wild flowers.

Finally, at the top I was able to “force” Wessy into posing with me for a photo.

My personal favorite is the Turk’s-cap lily—the largest lily in northeastern North America. It’s a perennial wildflower plant that enjoys partial shade growing from 4-8-feet tall during the summer months in deep, fertile, moist soil near cove forests, ravines, swamps, and coastal bogs. The foliage leaves up the stem, while the flower is an orange-red flower thickly spotted with purple. It prefers humus-rich moist to wet but well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade but will tolerate average garden soil that is consistently moist.