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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...

 
 
Congaree National Park (via canoe)

Congaree National Park Canoe Voyage:

This weekend I decided to take my family to Congaree National Park, which is about 25 miles outside of Columbia, SC, where we live. Despite its relatively close proximity to our home, we have only been there one other time, and pretty much nobody we know have every been there. It’s kind of like people living in Orlando who never go to Disneyworld I suppose?

 
 
Standing Indian Wilderness Area

According to Cherokee mythology, Standing Indian Mountain is the remains of a warrior who turned to stone because he failed to remain at his post. This Indian warrior had been sent to the mountaintop to keep a lookout for the winged monster which came from the sky and stole children. The winged monster was captured and then the Great Spirit destroyed the monster with thunder and lightning. However, because the Indian warrior became afraid and ran away from his post, he was turned to stone for his cowardice. The Cherokee called Standing Indian Mountain Yunwitsule-nunyi, which means "where the man stood."

 
 
Smithgall Woods

Smithgall Woods is a short and relaxing getaway, that is surprisingly expanse compared to initial perception.  While main trails are representative of paved and gravel roads, there are a number of other side spur trails off of the road that will give you plenty of solitude for the mandatory USFS $5 parking fee.

 
 
Chicopee Woods

Chicopee Woods offers some great singletrack and doubletrack riding, geographically close to Atlanta and in a rather pleasant and diverse environment.

 
 
Rabun Bald, GA

Rabun bald is the second highest peak in Georgia after Brasstown Bald.  One of the nice things about Rabun, is that it is less touristy then the aforementioned highest peak.  It also offers one of the most spectacular 360 degree panoramas in the state.

 
 
Panthertown Valley, NC

 

One of the most unique and unusual locations can be found in western NC, near the city of Cashiers. Many people aren't aware of it, and it's diversity isn't limited to spectacular water falls, granite domes, vegetation that reminds me of Central American rainforest, high mountain bogs and rushing mountain creeks. Panthertown Valley is a must see.

 
 
Shortoff Mountain and the Linville Gorge

Craig Patton and I decided to take the weekend and see what Shortoff Mountain had to offer. Craig had been fortunate enough to see the brown mountain lights on a previous trip in October 2010 and spent nearly the whole night watching them dance mysteriously in the valley.  As a special treat a fiery meteor streaked through the sky right over Linville Gorge, spectacular sights which I have an uncanny ability to miss.

 
 
 
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