Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

This 470-acre forest is part of a sanctuary network of the EEL (Environmentally Endangered Lands) Program. It has a reception center and a museum. The trails are well laid out and marked well. You also will encounter what is left of the Addison Canal. It also has a variety of GEOCaches to be found if … Continue reading Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

St Sebastian River State Park

Location: Fellsmere With vast open grassy forests of Long Leaf Pines with miles of trails you can refer to the sign for the color trails. We did 6 mi of the Green Trail, next trip the Yellow maybe! We drove west thru Felsmere and had an amazing view of time gone by. It was like … Continue reading St Sebastian River State Park

Panthertown Waterfall hike

I actually lost count! We did 7 or 8 waterfalls and made it home for dinner! Starting with Raven Rock, then Shower Falls, Mac’s, Pothole, Schoolhouse, Par and Glove falls in no order – you’ll have to discover them! Start with Raven Rock Falls: To get to Raven Rock Falls take 281 north from Hwy 64 a … Continue reading Panthertown Waterfall hike

Pink Beds Loop Hike

This 7 mile loop hike is all about water. You’ll see rare mountain bogs, including glimpses of some rare and endangered species of plants if you’re lucky. You’ll pass through a forest in transition, as beavers have dammed the South Fork Mills River to form their ponds, which are drowning out the trees. You’ll also … Continue reading Pink Beds Loop Hike

Hike to Smoky Mountains Plane Crash via Waterrock Knob

I heard there were a lot of plane crashes into the Smokey Mountains and I decided to find one and hike to it!Here’s the story; on November 24, 1983, a Cessna 414 was flying from West Chicago to the Jackson County Airport here in the NC mountains. It crashed a little before 6pm at about … Continue reading Hike to Smoky Mountains Plane Crash via Waterrock Knob

Camp at Historic site #47 in the Smokey Mountain National Park

This location started out in search of a waterfall for me – Enloe Creek Falls. After much research and second hand accounts I finally found the location and how to get into the seldom-visited reaches of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just outside the Cherokee Indian Reservation, you’ll be hard-pressed to find this waterfall on … Continue reading Camp at Historic site #47 in the Smokey Mountain National Park

Panthertown Blackrock Overlook with Granny Burrell Falls Hike

Our hike will start at the Salt Rock Gap parking area (bulletin board) at the end of Breedlove Road in Cashiers. We plan to hike up Blackrock Trail starting at 9:am, across Overlook Trail, down Carlton’s Way, and back up Panthertown Valley Trail. It’s about 3 miles each way and has some wonderful views from … Continue reading Panthertown Blackrock Overlook with Granny Burrell Falls Hike

John Rock Pisgah National Forest Hike

John Rock is in the Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. It’s near four waterfalls that can be access via the Cat Gap Loop trailhead, which begins at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. Soon after you leave the trail head Cat Gap will head across a bridge and to the left. Follow the orange … Continue reading John Rock Pisgah National Forest Hike

Enloe Creek Trail to BackCountry Campsite No. 47

If you love to fish private picturesque trails with small waterfalls off a Smoky Mountain stream, you’ll love hiking along the Enloe Creek Trail. It’s a 3.6 mile trail from the Hyatt Ridge to the Hughes Ridge Trail, though it can be muddy in places. To reach Enloe Creek, hike 1.8 miles on the Hyatt … Continue reading Enloe Creek Trail to BackCountry Campsite No. 47

Shuckstack Firetower Hike

The hike is 6.8 miles roundtrip, it’s rated Medium but could be Strenuous because of the elevation gain. Standing at the top of Shuckstack Lookout Tower is easily one of the most dramatic and alluring experiences that you’ll find on any mountaintop in the Southeast. Sixty feet in the air, swaying gently in the wind, … Continue reading Shuckstack Firetower Hike