Protected: CHATTAHOOCHEE NATIONAL FOREST, TRAY SPUR TRIP REPORT – MARCH 10, 2017

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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...]

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...]

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...]

Protected: Appalachian Trail, Wildcat Mountain Trip Report – May 2, 2015

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Appalachian Trail, North Georgia – May 2, 2015 (Non-Dream Version)

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Appalachian Trail, North Georgia – May 2, 2015 (Dream Version)

Took a hike with my son and our dog last weekend. Had an interesting start to the backpacking trip and nearly perfect weather for our camp out. Here is the dream version of the video. … [Read more...]

Benton MacKaye Trail Trip Video – March 8, 2015

We had nearly perfect Spring weather for this hike last weekend in North Georgia.  My dog slept for most of the next 24 hours after our 9.7 mile loop hike on and around the Benton MacKaye Trail in the Cohutta Wilderness.  Spring has finally sprung! … [Read more...]