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I Found the Art Loeb Trail!

I found the Art Loeb Trail deep in the Shining Rock Wilderness! But most every hiker in this area knows it well. The trail is named after Art Loeb (LOL), who loved and hiked Black Balsam and the surrounding mountains. A few weeks ago, I wanted to find a different way to Tennent Mountain, and [...]

A Very Special Place — The Shelter

As you approach the Blood Mountain Shelter, you immediately know it's a special place. I would imagine that it is one of the oldest shelters on the Appalachian Trail. Many of the original ones have been replaced by now. The shelter at the top was built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps for the [...]

Conquering Blood Mountain!

If you live in Georgia, more than likely you have heard of Blood Mountain. I remember years ago a friend, who was a youth director at her church talking about it and how she took a group of teens to the top. She was young herself, but it almost "got the best of her." The [...]

At Home in the Woods!

Last week, I headed up to hike a trail near Wayah Gap, but failed to find the hike to the top of Siler Bald. (Someone had stolen the Forestry Road sign!) But I did visit another area where I could pull out the camera. It was Wilson Lick Ranger Station, which was built in 1916. [...]

The Drama of the Blue Ridge Parkway!

On the dramatic Blue Ridge Parkway . . . hope it's literally not the last day or week for this year. But I know snow and ice will suddenly appear and the gates will close! This was taken on my first day in Waynesville, NC, over a week ago. I rushed to drop my bags [...]

Rainy hike to the historic Green Knob Lookout Tower

This really was a nice hike and one that we can say we did! While the photos are not sunny and bright, they are a record for me that we were there and found this truly one-of-a-kind lookout tower. The trail to Green Knob Lookout Tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places [...]

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