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Love Graveyard Fields

"Graveyard Fields" is one of my favorite destinations. This unusually flat 5000 foot high valley is adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway and next to and below Black Balsam. It has plenty of open views, at least two waterfalls, and wide variety of hiking trails. The Mountain to Sea trail runs through this valley. This [...]

A Few Firsts for Wessy

First time up to Waterrock Knob this year. We usually visit whenever the Blue Ridge is open but in the winter, those times are next to none. But it's spring now and most of the Parkway is open! On this day, showers were threatening, but we have stopped worrying about rain in these mountains. Any [...]

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 [...]

Time spent at Boyd Mountain

I found the Boyd Mountain cabins outside of Maggie Valley (near Waynesville, NC) several years ago, but I only stayed here once. As I recall at the time, I was feeling very burned out and wanted to get away for a few days. I talked the owners into letting me bring Cocoa! They have a [...]

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