Category: Northwest Corner

Hikes in the northwest corner of North Carolina - generally north of U.S. 421 and northeast of Boone

Jun 23 2016

Rendezvous Mountain State Educational Forest, NC

  Since I had a short hike along Mt. Jefferson, I had enough time to check out another short hike in the region. Debating between E.B. Jeffries Park and Rendezvous Mountain, I chose the latter. Rendezvous Mountain State Educational Forest is a small state unit northwest of Wilkesboro, NC. The park contains the namesake Rendezvous …

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Jun 02 2016

Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area, NC

  Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is a place I always kept in the back of my mind. It is usually mentioned in North Carolina hiking guides, which generally means it is a worthy hiking destination. However, this park is very small and in the past only offered 2.2 miles of hiking trails. That is …

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Oct 12 2014

Saddle Mountain Trail – Mitchell River Game Lands, NC

  Click here to read Part 1 of my hike on 9-14-14 at Cumberland Knob   Here’s a hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway you’ll want to pass right by. As I left Fox Hunter’s Paradise Overlook fresh off my hike at Cumberland Knob I was galvanized to start the second hike of the day, …

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Oct 01 2014

Gully Creek to Cumberland Knob – Cumberland Knob Recreation Area, NC

  The persistent cloud cover and intermittent rain scuppered my plans of doing any long hike with great views. When I saw the forecast Sunday morning, I went back to sleep. Around 11:00 AM I started looking of possibilities of places I could go that wouldn’t be a terribly far drive. I settled on the …

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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 22 2014

Widow’s Creek to Devil’s Garden Overlook – Stone Mountain State Park, NC

  I didn’t have a plan for my hike. It was the day before 4th of July, and I felt like taking the day off and exploring. Unfortunately the forecast was clouds and possibility of storms all afternoon. I set off in the direction of Stone Mountain State Park and had two options in mind …

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Jul 10 2014

Basin Creek to Caudill Cabin – Doughton Park, NC

  If you’re looking for a hike with few people, history, water, and more water, then the Basin Creek Trail is a perfect fit. I’ve been saving this trail for a rainy day. Although I’ve been to Doughton Park multiple times, never have I ventured into the remote watershed of Basin Creek. Since it is …

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May 28 2014

Flat Rock Ridge to Cedar Ridge – Doughton Park, NC

  Finally, a¬†current hike from this year and not an archived one from years past. I decided to start off the 2014 summer months with a whopper of a hike at Doughton Park. I’ve hiked here twice before, one time easy with many views, another time difficult with eventual payoff. This time I had my …

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