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Mt. Rogers (Va.)
A very popular hiking destination has some of the best views in the Southeast. These trails can be crowded but the views make it all worth it.  The wild ponies  appreciate the company, just don't feed them! MountRogers>>    


Roan Mountain(TN)
 Expansive views from rhododendron dotted slopes that are famous throughout the region. Take a hike along the A.T. and visit the site of the Cloudland and imagine the former elegance of this long gone hotel. On this visit we were able to capture the once a year blooms of the rhododendron.

South Mountains (NC)
Waterfalls and views on two short hikes. The South Mountain State Park is a great destination to do it all in one day. 80 foot Shoals Falls and great views from Chestnut Knob make this an all around great day hiking spot.
South Mountains>>

Crowders Mountain (NC)
Towering high above the Piedmont floor, Crowders Mountain is a quick mountain getaway in an urban area. Rare plants, views and wildlife keep you coming back for more. 
Crowders Mountain>>



Table Rock (SC)
This is the flagship of the state parks in the South Carolina "Upcountry". The entire park, including the mountain, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  This "all inclusive" state park and is also in the epi - center of South Carolina mountain hiking.  As an added bonus, the drive on Highway 11 is so relaxing that  half of the fun is getting here! 
Table Rock SC>>

 Joyce Kilmer (NC)
A wonderful 2 mile loop that takes you back to a time of primeval, old growth forests. Take a hike inside a terrarium surrounded by ferns, moss and huge trees. You might be tempted to take another trip around the loop!
Joyce Kilmer Loop>>


Car Camping (Smokies)
Great car camping at the entrance to the Balsam Mountain area of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This high elevation campground is one of the best "car " campgrounds in Western North Carolina. Lots of great day hikes are nearby. 
Smokies Car Camping>>

Kings Pinnacle (NC)
A great day hike in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Not far from Charlotte and easy to access, Kings Pinnacle is great for a quick "get away".
Kings Pinnacle>>


Shining Rock  Short Winter Hikes 

The Winter is considered by some as a great time to hike. The leaves are gone and so are the crowds. The views are best now and so are the chances for solitude. Here are some nice, short hikes that are very well suited for this time of year.
 Shining Rock Shorts>>

Plott Balsam Mountains (NC)

This small group of mountains is often overlooked by vacationers that are in a hurry. Stop for a moment and visit these great mountains that border the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. 
Plott Balsams>>

Franklin NC trails
A great site that outlines some of the greatest hikes in Western North Carolina. This is some of the more secluded back country in the Southeast. Hikes here are the best in the Nantahala National Forest.
Franklin NC Trails>>

Stone Mountain (NC)
A granite dome with awesome views, a spectacular waterfall and abundant wildlife all on the same trail. Stone Mountain State Park has something for every Hiker to enjoy.   Don't slide off ! 
Stone Mountain NC>>

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