Category Archives for Hiking Trails in the Blue Ridge

Pretty Hollow Gap Trail – Cataloochee Valley

Our first hiking trip in Cataloochee Valley was out Pretty Hollow Gap Trail.  Pretty Hollow Gap Trail is a 8 mile round trip out and back trail, that follows along side Palmer Creek and Pretty Hollow Creek to Pretty Hollow Gap, where the trail ends and runs into Mount Sterling Ridge Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail, […]

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Rough Fork Trail – Cataloochee Valley

After our long  7.4 mile hike along Boogerman Trail a week ago, we were looking for something a little more relaxing and easier for this weekend.  We elected to head back to Cataloochee Valley and hike up the two mile roundtrip Rough Fork trail to the Woody house.  Turned out to be a really nice […]

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Boogerman Trail

Boogerman Trail – Cataloochee Valley

With more than 3,000 miles of trails, finding a new trail to hike on isn’t difficult at all.  I had read a few good reviews on Boogerman Trail, over in Cataloochee Valley.  Boogerman trail, if you follow the loop, is 7.4 miles roundtrip.  About 2 more miles than we had been doing, but I thought […]

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Skinny Dip Falls Featured

Skinny Dip Falls Blue Ridge Parkway

For the past couple of years, we had heard about Skinny Dip Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but had never actually hiked down to it.   On a whim, this past Saturday afternoon, we had been out to Looking Glass Falls in Brevard, NC and decided to take the Parkway home.  We stopped at […]

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Deep Creek Loop Trail

Deep Creek Loop Trail

We’ve heard a lot of people in the area say that Deep Creek, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was a great place to visit, but had never been there ourselves.   We decided to take a family hike on Deep Creek loop trail, and really enjoyed it! Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, […]

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Alum Cave Trail Featured

Alum Cave Trail – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Over Memorial Day weekend, we decided to head out and hike up Alum Cave Trail, located in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Alum Cave Trail is a family favorite, that provides a beautiful creekside hike, dense hardwood forests, scenic views, bridges, and two very unique points of interest. Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, […]

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Porters Creek Trail Cover

Porters Creek Trail – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The past weekend, we decided to head out to Porters Creek trail on the Tennessee side of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   We hiked this trail for the first time in early April, but my wife was sick and wasn’t able to come, so we decided to hike it again so she could see […]

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Hiking Trails Blue Ridge

Hiking trails in the Blue Ridge – Our top 10 family favorites

Did you know that there are more than 4,000 miles of hiking trails in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains?  This includes trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Pisgah National Forest, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala National Forests, Appalachian Trail, and other smaller parks and national forests? We’ve compiled a list of […]

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Waterrock Knob – Blue Ridge Parkway

Waterrock Knob is a mountain peak located off The Blue Ridge Parkway.  Waterrock Knob is the 16th highest mountain peak in the Eastern United States and is 6,292 feet high.  Waterrock Knob is a popular destination on the parkway due to it’s almost 360 degree view from the parking lot, and the short and moderate […]

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Midnight Hole

Midnight Hole – Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Midnight Hole is a deep and scenic pool below a 6 foot waterfall.  The pool the falls are part of the Big Creek section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Midnight hole is a popular swimming destination for adults, teens and families.   There are a number of large rocks around the pool, and due to […]

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