Category Archive: Best Summits in NC/VA

These hikes may be difficult and not have lots of open views, but when you get to the summit all that effort was worth it.

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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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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Dec 20 2014

Grandfather Mountain via Daniel Boone Scout Trail – Grandfather Mountain State Park, NC

  This is one of my favorites in North Carolina. A hike along the crest of Grandfather Mountain should be on everyone’s bucket list if they live in the Southeast. The crest trail is readily identified as one of the most rugged in the East and some (probably just me) may consider this the “Old …

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Jul 31 2014

Stone Mountain and Wolf Rock – Stone Mountain State Park, NC

  I was raring to go on a hike this Sunday but the weather and my sleep patterns were not cooperating. Most of the mountains were cloudy with a 50% chance of thunderstorms. Instead of my planned Linville Gorge hike I went to Stone Mountain State Park because of its convenience and its views are …

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Jul 25 2014

Maple Camp Bald and Mt. Mitchell – Mount Mitchell State Park, NC

  I had never been to the Black Mountains before this trip. They lie in that spot that takes forever to drive to from Chapel Hill. It’s unfortunate because they are beautiful areas and the tallest mountains on the East Coast, and inevitably I have to hike there. My mind was set, I was going …

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Jun 02 2014

Old Rag – Shenandoah National Park, VA

  I have always wanted to hike Old Rag. It’s very well-known and supposed to be one of the best hikes in Virginia. But it is a considerable distance from Chapel Hill and is also supposed to be extremely crowded on the weekends in the summer months. I had my chance on the way back …

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May 14 2014

Heartbreak Ridge to Pinnacle – Pisgah National Forest, NC

  This trail is hard. I’ve said this before about other trails, but it is long and difficult at times to navigate. I hiked the Snook’s Nose Trail recently and this trail is in the same vicinity near Old Fort. Short trail descriptions were found on Carolina Mountain Club and Piedmont Hiking and Outing Club websites. …

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May 07 2014

Profile Trail – Grandfather Mountain State Park, NC

  Continuing with my unintentional theme of NC state parks during the current season, last year I took my old roommate Rachel to Grandfather Mountain State Park to do some high elevation ridge hiking. In the Fall of 2012, I hiked the Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak and could only see gray clouds. …

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