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Our Stealth Spot

The trail in Georgia is busy with Appalachian Trail thru hikers right now - so we found this stealth spot off the trail to camp for the night. … [Read more...]

Logging Pics – Before And After

The National Forest Service sells logging rights to timber companies. It's reality, but I'm seeing it more and more in North Georgia and Northwestern South Carolina lately. We went hiking on the Chattooga this past weekend and here's one example. The view from the trailhead looking west in September 2011. And here's the same view this weekend on August 2016. I nearly didn't recognize the trailhead - and we weren't the only ones! While we loaded our packs, we sent two other hiking groups … [Read more...]

I AM NO LONGER ON EASTERN TIME. NOW ON MOUNTAIN TIM

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Will Takes The Plunge

Will braves the cold water of the Chattooga River and takes the plunge from a rope swing. … [Read more...]

Pigpen Branch Falls

A look at Pigpen Branch Falls from the Foothills Trail - hiking southbound and headed down toward the Chattooga River (and junction with the Chattooga River Trail). … [Read more...]

End of the road…

  End of the road on this hike yesterday near the river. Lot's of rain here in Georgia and it shows!  #besthikeswithdog … [Read more...]

28 degrees last night at Panther Creek. Even the dog needed a sleeping bag…

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Boone Dawg rides a rapid on the Chattooga River with us..

Boone rides a rapid on the Chattooga River with us.. … [Read more...]

Showers Bring Waterfalls And Flowers For Our Summer Backpacking Trip To Panthertown Valley

Panthertown Valley is one of my favorite hiking spots in North Carolina. It is located near Cashiers, NC in the western section of the State and was purchased by the Nature Conservancy from Duke Power in 1989. Panthertown is now part of the Nantahala National Forest and has been growing rapidly in popularity - especially over the last ten years. Schoolhouse Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Panthertown. When we first visited Panthertown in 2001, there was only the occasional … [Read more...]