HARD LABOR CREEK STATE PARK – CAMPSITE #2

Schools out in a week, so we decided to squeeze in one last camping trip with the kids before summer.  We had a total of 12 people (5 adults and 7 kids) - so a group site was a necessity.  A friend (and fellow Scout leader) recommended Hard Labor Creek State Park and we lucked out with an upgrade to Pioneer Campsite #2 - which was right on the water. Campsite #2 And to make things even easier, we were able to drive in to the site and unload right next to the picnic shelter. Scattered … [Read more...]

COOSA BALD – YOU CALL THIS A BALD?

Coosa Bald (4,271 feet) is one of the ten highest peaks in Georgia and it is accessible via the Duncan Ridge Trail which starts near Vogel State Park. The summit hardly qualifies as a bald these days and Mother Nature has mostly taken back this once open area. So if you want some views - go before the leaves bud on the trees, but you'll likely have the place to yourself. Bonus: Here we are at the summit enjoying the views to the South and the sunset to the West. … [Read more...]

EPISODE 12: TRAIL WORK

In Episode 12, I speak with Amy (aka Mrs. Weasel) in a Banner Elk interview about her experiences on the trail. These include hiking, backpacking, and volunteering along the Appalachian, Benton MacKaye, and Pine Mountain Trails in Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. In the podcast, Amy talks about doing trail maintenance as part of the Konnarock and Georgia Appalachian Trail crews in the Southeast, her quest to finish the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail, and what it's like to … [Read more...]

TENNESSEE APPALACHIAN TRAIL BUFFER: ROCKY FORK INTO PUBLIC OWNERSHIP

The Nashville Business Journal reported last month that there is a new State Park in Tennessee. The 2036 acre park is located near the A.T. in the Northeastern part of the State and provides an additional buffer against development in this area. The transfer of Rocky Fork into public ownership has been a goal of the Appalachian Trail Conference since at least 1983: Tennessee_State_Park_-_AT_ReRoute_Nov_2012.pdf Download this file Gov. Bill Haslam and other Tennessee officials … [Read more...]

HIKING & KAYAKING AT LANDSFORD CANAL STATE HISTORIC PARK

I just spent a day over Memorial Day weekend hiking and kayaking in Landsford Canal State Park. Roger (aka The Camel) insisted that we get an early start and we launched and were on the Catawba River before 10am. Our plan was to spend the morning fishing, but after two hours on the water - we landed only a few small brim. So after taking a break on some submerged rocks in the middle of the river, we fought winds from the South and paddled back to the Park. Roger's determination to nab a … [Read more...]

THE SPIDER LILIES AT LANDSFORD CANAL

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SHOOTING BRIDAL VEIL FALLS AT TALLULAH GORGE STATE PARK, GEORGIA – IAN & ERIC

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SHOOTING BRIDAL VEIL FALLS AT TALLULAH GORGE STATE PARK, GEORGIA – BRETT & BILL

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EPISODE 3: EASE IN TO BACKPACKING

In Episode 3, Steve (aka White Lightening) talks about how he migrated from camping in his youth, to hiking with kids in his 30's, and eventually wilderness backpacking as he reached his 40's. In this podcast, Steve talks about how he eased in to the sport with an initial trip to the Len Foote Hike Inn near Amicalola Falls State Park in North Georgia. From there, he explored the backcountry campsites along the Foothills Trail at Lake Jocassee, and eventually migrated to his first solo … [Read more...]