Category Archive: Best Hikes

Any hikes I've labeled a best hike. This includes Life List, Best hikes near the Triangle, Best summits, Best views, and Best creeks/waterfalls

Mar 18 2017

Max Patch via Brown Gap – Pisgah National Forest, NC

  It had been an unseasonably warm February, and the weather on Sunday, Feb 19th looked perfect for a hike with big views. Surprisingly I’ve never been to Max Patch Mountain. Despite its fame, it is really out of the way for me unless I’m staying in the Asheville area. After two hikes earlier in the day to Chambers …

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Jan 03 2017

Black Mountain Crest Trail – Pisgah National Forest, NC

  The Black Mountain Crest Trail is one of the most renowned and intimidating hikes in North Carolina. Located in the Appalachian Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest, the trail crosses the crest of the Black Mountains across five 6,000+ foot peaks culminating in the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River, Mt. Mitchell. This trek …

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Dec 01 2016

Bearwallow Mountain and Blue Ridge Pastures, NC

  On this bitterly cold day before the winter solstice I left Catawba Falls, grabbed some lunch in Black Mountain, then drove toward my second hike of the day in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge. Although Hickory Nut Gorge is a popular hiking and tourist destination, I have rarely traveled through the area. It is …

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Nov 23 2016

Crabtree Falls – Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

  If you’ve seen a top 10 or top 20 list for waterfalls of North Carolina floating around the internet, I guarantee you Crabtree Falls is on that list 99% of the time. This is an incredible waterfall, and I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing it in person. I decided it was time to change that, …

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Mar 01 2016

Roan Highlands – Appalachian Trail, NC

  There were less than 15 cars parked at Carver’s Gap which I took to be a great sign. Originally I thought there would be more people hiking today. It was beautiful outside and just past 11:00 AM. When I stepped out of my car, I felt a chilling gust and immediately questioned my clothing …

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Sep 30 2015

Flat Top Tower – Moses Cone Memorial Park, NC

  As I passed through the tunnel under the Blue Ridge Parkway a cold gust of wind hit me in the face chilling me to the bone. At this moment I realized I was woefully unprepared for this hike, the weather conditions were much more brutal than I remembered from the NOAA forecast. Initially I …

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Jul 30 2015

Upper Creek Falls – Pisgah National Forest, NC

  Upper Creek constitutes the western boundary of the massive Wilson Creek drainage in Pisgah National Forest. I drive by here a lot on NC-181, which climbs up the western ridges of the drainage on its way to Linville Gorge. There’s a sign for Upper Creek Falls on the highway, and I have never turned off. …

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Jun 23 2015

Hawksbill Mountain and Sitting Bear Mountain – Linville Gorge Wilderness, NC

  While most of the trails on the west side of Linville Gorge drop deep into the canyon and eventually end up near Linville River, the east rim of the gorge features spectacular trails that lead to cliffs and mountain summits. For this hike my plan was to explore Hawksbill Mountain and Sitting Bear Mountain …

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Apr 22 2015

Five Peaks Loop – Hanging Rock State Park, NC

  One of my favorite hikes in North Carolina is the Five Peaks Loop which takes you on the grand tour of Hanging Rock State Park. If I have friends who want advice on a good day hike not too far from the Triangle, usually this is my first suggestion. Hanging Rock State Park encompasses the …

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Mar 05 2015

Crabtree Falls to Spy Rock – George Washington National Forest, VA

  I don’t get to Virginia enough. From afar I look down on it but when I hike there I enjoy it just as much as North Carolina. After 3 hikes I’ve come to love the mountains around VA-56. The Tye River crashes through a narrow gorge which highway 56 follows through the Blue Ridge Mountains …

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