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Places to Go

So you are ready, but you don’t know where to go…

Here is a list of places that we can recommend along with a brief summary and sometimes a link to a trip report…

Western Carolinas, North Georgia and Eastern Tennessee

  • Panthertown Valley – a GREAT place for families near Cashiers, NC.  See our trip report.
  • Picklesimer Fields – near the Davidson River Fish Hatchery in Pisgah National Forest, just outside of Brevard, NC.  An easy hike with some beautiful beaver ponds and quite a few nice camp sites.
  • Burrell’s Ford / Ellicott Rock Area of the Chattooga River – in the northern tip of SouthCarolina.  Beautiful river, large and plentiful sites, fairly easy trail.  A popular place, but as mentioned, there are a lot of camp sites.
  • Panther Creek – just south of Clayton, GA.  Nice river, beautiful falls with quite a few camp sites.  I have read it is very crowded in warm weather.  Check out our trip report.
  • Graveyard Fields – just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway about 35 minutes west-southwest of Asheville, NC.  A beautiful, open cove at high altitude…very popular in nice weather so don’t expect much privacy.
  • Shining Rock Wilderness – just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway about 40 minutes west-southwest of Asheville, NC.  Hiking exposed ridgelines above 5,000 ft.  It doesn’t get much better, but it can be crowded and the weather can change rapidly and be harsh.  Some trails are tough climbs, but there are easy, abandoned logging road options as well.
  • Woody Ridge Trail – a tough climb for older children, but it puts you on the highest ridgeline east of the Mississippi.  Check our trip report.
  • Black Mountain Crest Trail – a brutal trail along the highest ridgeline east of the Mississippi.  Older children only.  Weather can be hazardous.  It runs from just outside Burnsville, NC south about 11 miles to Mt Mitchell.

More to come, and please offer your suggestions or questions.

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