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Black Mountains Tour

No foray into Appalachia should overlook the opportunity to scale the highest peak east of the Mississippi.  Here we have Mt. Mitchell, situated in the Black Mountain range in Western North Carolina.  Known for the Spruce trees which grow in the last couple of thousand feet nearing the summits of the multiple peaks in this range, the spruce give the mountains a rather blackish color as compared to surrounding mountains.  The color, from which the range is named, can be seen in satellite maps and even by driving by from a distance. 

 

 
 
Appalachian Trail:  Bluemont, VA (Snickers Gap) > Linden, VA

4 day 3 night solo winter expedition on the Appalachian Trail in Northern Virginia

 
 
Pickens Nose
Pickens Nose is a place that is often heard about, but yet a place that somehow I've personally managed to avoid for quite a number of years despite its apparent fame. On a recent excuse to find an outdoor adventure, I decided to make this place happen. Now I'm wondering why I've never visited this place before...
 
 
Albert Mountain
Much like the Pickens Nose trail, the Mt Albert area is high altitude, and directly on the AT. It's certainly one of the most extraordinary views in the region south of the Black mountains. On an extraordinary morning, the front page image was captured as the sun broke through the morning clouds.
 
 
Arabia & Bradley Mountain

I've been looking for Arabia mountain for quite a long time.  When I started my flying career back at 15 years old, I happened to fly across a dome of rock that looked curiously like the famous Stone Mountain in east Atlanta.  This rock, looked rather large and I managed to spot it now and again from the air, usually from the passenger seat of a Delta airliner. While I knew more or less where it was, as it was relatively under final approach for the westerly runways for Atlanta Hartsfield, I struggled to find this place until a couple of years ago.

 
 
Altamaha Gordonia

In all honestly this really doesn't deserve to be on bnoutdoors as there was nothing extreme about it, nor is there any lick of hiking short of walking around a lake, but it was interesting enough in terms of biodiversity to throw up here, as we collectively share interest in nature.  Altamaha Gordonia receives its name from the swampy Altamaha river adjacent, and the rare Gordonia tree, either once previously or currently located near here.  I stopped over here on the weekend to have a quick place to stay on the way to visit my sister over in Hinesville, GA at Ft. Stewart.  My son and I went and decided to spend the night here in the tent, and it was notable in my memory, as the first spanish moss filled,  swamp camping I've ever done, though, guaranteed not to be my last as I deeply desire to have the Altamaha River basin actual, and the Okeefenokee swamp on the list.  Big nuts tilt will definitely get raised sleeping with wild gators in the area.

 
 
Panther Creek Trail (Section 2)

No list of north Georgia hiking would be complete without Panther Creek Trail at the top of the list.  Personally there are relatively two sites that I have personally experienced in Georgia that, have both extraordinary beauty, and have that feeling that you are no longer hiking in Georgia.  Those two are the Raven Cliff wilderness and Panther Creek as a whole.  While this review will cover the second, and less traveled section of Panther Creek, the first section is not to be missed despite it's popularity...

 
 
Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area

A leisurely and relatively secluded stroll around Lake Russell is a welcome respite from the day to day doldrums. While there really is nothing at all challenging here, it is rather beautiful, with plenty of turtles, and waterfowl to see...

 
 
Winter Star Mountain and Deep Gap

 

"In memory of my faithful, albeit ornery hound Blackjack. I'll miss you, and Craig will miss you... not so much.."

 

A Winter hike up to one of the highest peaks in the Eastern U.S., rising above 6200 feet, is ranked #22 on the South Beyond 6000 list.  Craig and I, and the dogs decided on a weekend trip up to climb Mt. Mitchell from the North side as the Park Service had closed all the roads to Mt. Mitchell.  We set out on a Friday, arriving well after dark, somewhere near 11PM, deciding to start a hike at that hour and in rather frigid temperatures, we debated on camping right there just inside the woods, where, mind you, you will find a number of attractive campsites, though we didn't scout for water...

 
 
Mt. Mitchell

No Eastern US hiking itinerary would be complete without a visit to Mt. Mitchell, NC. Mt. Mitchell is the highest of a chain of mountains called the Black Mountains, located just northwest of Asheville, NC. At 6684 ft. Mt. Mitchell is the highest peak in the US, east of the Mississippi river. When Andre Michaux and Elisha Mitchell explored the Black Mountains in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, they documented forests with an extraordinary variety of plant species. Red spruce covered the upper slopes, and Fraser fir dominated the peaks above 6,000 feet. Hardwood forests, including majestic stands of American chestnut, oaks, and hickories, populated the slopes below 5,000 feet, and rhododendron thickets cloaked forest streams. There literally is nowhere...

 
 
 
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