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Category Archives for Hiking Trails in the Blue Ridge

Flat Creek Trail Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Flat Creek Trail is an amazingly beautiful 5.2 mile round trip hike located just off The Blue Ridge Parkway, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The trail follows alongside two different creeks, and is full of lush moss, grass and trees making for an absolutely gorgeous and beautiful hike that ends at the Heintooga Picnic […]

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Lake Fontana as seen from The Road To Nowhere

Road to Nowhere Bryson City NC

Located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just outside of Bryson City, NC is a road, that literally goes to nowhere.  No, we’re not kidding, you follow the road for about 8 miles from Bryson City into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The road continues until you get to a tunnel, and then, it just […]

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Rainbow Falls NC

Rainbow Falls Trail – Gorges State Park

Rainbow Falls Trail located in Gorges State Park, NC is a rally nice deep woods hike, that begins in Gorges State Park and ends in Pisgah National Forest at either Rainbow Falls or Turtleback Falls.   The hike is rated strenuous, not due to the length, but due to the hilly nature of the trail itself. […]

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Max Patch Hiking

Max Patch Hiking – Hot Springs, NC

Located about 40 minutes from Hot Springs, NC is Max Patch Mountain, located in Pisgah National Forest.  Max Patch Mountain is a 4,600 foot “bald” that provides 360 degree views of the surrounding Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Location:Max Path Area in Pisgah National Forest, near the NC/TN border Roundtrip Distance: 1.4 – 2.4 miles depending on […]

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Black Balsam Bald

Black Balsam Knob Hiking

A really awesome and beautiful hike, that should definitely be on everyones “must do” list is Black Balsam Knob.  The Black Balsam area, located in Pisgah National Forest, and off the Blue Ridge Parkway, offers some of the most spectacular scenic views in the Blue Ridge. The Black Balsam area includes: Black Balsam Knob, Sam Knob […]

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Little River Trail

Little River Trail, located in the Elkmont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National is a fun trail full of interesting history.  Little River is a an out and back trail, with an optional loop.  Keep reading for lots of photos and more information on this historic trail and area. Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Elkmont […]

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Kephart Prong Trail – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

On Memorial Day, we took a family hike up Kephart Prong trail, located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  We didn’t have big expectations since the trail was just a simple out and back trail with no waterfall or exciting destination, but this trail turned out to be one of our favorites.   Read […]

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Day Hike Essentials Featured

Day Hiking Essentials

The Blue Ridge Mountains offer more than 5,000 miles of hiking trails.   Many of these trails are fairly long, and only suitable for overnight hikes. Right now, with young children and busy schedules, we prefer trails that can be hiked in the same day, often called day hikes(read all about our 10 favorite trails family hiking […]

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Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome is one of the highest points east of the Mississippi at 6,643 and the tallest mountain in Tennessee.   Clingmans Dome is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the incredible 360 degree view from the observation tower at the top. The Clingmans Dome […]

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Best Family Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

There are more than 800 miles of trails and unpaved roads to explore in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   There are so many trails, that choosing which one’s to hike can be a bit overwhelming. We’ve hiked many of them, and have also talked with many different hikers that frequent the park.   […]

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