Category: Swannanoa Valley

Hikes around the Swannanoa Valley. Includes hikes near Black Mountain, Montreat, and Old Fort.

Catawba Falls – Pisgah National Forest, NC

  If you love waterfalls and want the best bang for your buck, then visiting Catawba Falls should be at the top of your list. Thankfully the Foothills Conservancy and eventually the US Forest Service saved access to these waterfalls from private development. Now, this easy trail is one of the most popular in the region …

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Old Mitchell Toll Road to Pinnacle & Rocky Knob – Pisgah National Forest, NC

  Sometimes I love peakbagging the hard way. Sometimes this means bushwhacking but on this particular trip it means many, many miles of forest road walking. While this may not be that difficult of a hike, it is tedious and tough on the feet. I’ve hiked in Montreat before and summitted Pinnacle. My goal was to …

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Swannanoa Mountains – YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, NC

  Sometimes the best way to hike is try a new place, do some research, then hike in that same place again with more information. This is how my so-so hike from December 2013 transformed into a much better hike in December 2014. The hike is referred to as High Windy by Danny Bernstein’s guide book and …

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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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