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    Carly Kovacik reviewed Bartram Trail: Jones Gap to Whiterock Mountain

    8 months ago

    Great day hike! As mentioned by a few others it is best to not follow the directions from All Trails. I'll repost the better directions here : http://southernhighroads.org/north-carolina/attractions/highlands/hiking...bartram-trail-jones-gap-to-whiterock-mountain

    Begin by referring to the above directions to get to the trailhead. Although some of it is paved, a good majority of it is not so you'll likely drive ~2 miles on dirt road up I believe Scaly Mtn to the trailhead. Trailhead will be obvious after a long uphill drive. From there we went right on the yellow blazed trail. About a half mile in there is a spur trail on the left with blue blazes to take you up Jones Knob and Whiterock Mtn (maybe a mile at most to do this trail). AMAZING VIEWS!!! these will be the best views during the hike so i highly recommend taking this spur. then you can back track and get back on Bartam trail. This trail can take you a ways so you can do a lot more/go a lot longer than what is listed on this page. This is mostly a backcountry type trail with a lot of vegetation. it is really pretty and not overly difficult. You will see an option to go up Whiterock from this trail down near the Whiterock Gap

    There is an option during the hike to take a spur trail to the summit of FishHawk Mtn. Hiker be warned that the sign that says its 528ft refers to the elevation gain!!! This is a heartbreaker! Def use your trekking poles if you have them-very steep! Not really a view from the top but there is a summit marker and a plague in the rock. Def the hardest part of the hike! but not mandatory!

    I recommend after the hike to go checkout the Satulah Mtn Brewery! it is a 15 min drive. No food but there is a neat little pub called Ugly Dog just down the street with plenty of food options-and more beer! This is all downtown Highlands which is a cute little town worth stopping by

    Carly Kovacik reviewed Dowdell Knob Trail

    9 months ago

    Beautiful quick hike that allows for a stunning view from the highest point in the park. Park and trail were overall easy to navigate. The trail starts at the peak where a large statue of FDR sits alongside the parking lot. Trail is overall fairly easy with a few small inclines along the way. Perfect for beginner hikers or those just looking for a nice peaceful day hike. Trail also connects with the Pine Mountain Trail which is the main trail that runs through the park. So if you're looking for higher mileage, you can certainly do so by following parts of this trail off the Dowdell Knob Trail. Because Dowdell Knob Trail shares parts of the Pine Mountain Trail you'll be seeing blue and/or white blazes throughout the hike. After the hike I highly recommend driving over to nearby LaGrange and trying out the Wild Leap Brewery! Great selection of beer!

    Carly Kovacik completed Dowdell Knob Trail

    9 months ago

    Carly Kovacik reviewed Rainbow Falls Trail

    12 months ago

    The parking lot for this hike is fairly large and I had no trouble finding a spot. Everything is paved including the road to the parking lot and the lot itself. The actual trailhead for this hike is the Grassy Ridge Trailhead that leads to the Rainbow Falls Trail (you'll make a right to follow this trail) about .5-.75 miles in. Soon after you veer right onto Rainbow Falls Trail you will see a sign that says you're leaving Gorges State Park. Up until this sign, the hike (to me) seemed almost like a multi-use, everyday person kind of trail as opposed to a more rugged/deep in the woods feel. Not sure I really cared for that. But after leaving the State Park that changed and eventually the trail became moderately challenging upon approaching the Falls and I actually felt I was in the forest. The trail can be muddy and slick in some areas and someone did get seriously injured this day.

    The first Falls is Rainbow Falls. Beautiful!! you can feel the mist from the raging waters.There are a few areas you can closer to the Falls but these "spurs" are slick.

    Just up from the Rainbow Falls overlook is a fork in trail. Taking the higher trail will take you another half mile or so to Turtleback Falls (the lower trail takes you closer to Rainbow). While Turtleback is smaller, it's a really neat waterfall. So I def recommend seeing both. Again there are areas to boulder hop towards the Falls a bit but slick spots are still around. I turned back after this point back to the Grassy Ridge Trail, though looks like you could go a little farther.

    Only 15 min away is the Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company located within a local golf course. GO! Great wood-fired pizza and local craft beer on tap.

    Carly Kovacik reviewed Looking Glass Rock Trail

    12 months ago

    I hiked this trail this past Tuesday, which was the day after a cold front moved through the area. The weather was perfect! Clear blue skies, some color change, low humidity, cool air.

    I got to the trailhead about 1045am and the lot was already full so I had to park along the road. The trail was really busy given the pleasant weather. The trail begins fairly flat for about a half mile maybe before you begin ascending up the switchbacks which are challenging but not overly strenuous. This continues until you reach about the first mile. Then there is some recovery but another final ascent (maybe lasting another mile) which is fairly steep and challenging. But again, nothing overly strenuous in my opinion. The end of the trail actually briefly descends before opening up to the summit/overlook.

    The view itself is absolutely gorgeous. I've hiked many trail across the Southeast and this one offers one of the best summit views. Great 180 degree view of the Mountains. The overlook itself is sloped but unless you're being careless it's nothing to worry about.

    I highly recommend this hike, Lots of other friendly hikers to make you comfortable throughout. A good 5.5-6 mile hike that can easily be completed in a day. Took me maybe an hour and a half to summit and maybe 45 minutes to come down

    Carly Kovacik completed Looking Glass Rock Trail

    12 months ago

    Carly Kovacik reviewed Rainbow Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    This trail was more challenging than I anticipated, but it was worth every step. Your typical trail in the southern Appalachians, with deep forest but the ascent gets pretty steep toward the end. You can begin to hear the Falls as you get close and it doesn't disappoint in the least when you finally make it there!!

    It was fun to get close to the Falls and see the individual water drops falling down. Many great boulders to sit down and have lunch on too!

    Carly Kovacik completed Rainbow Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Carly Kovacik reviewed Table Rock Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Got to see the eclipse from Governor's Rock!! An amazing experience.

    But overall, this was a beautiful, yet challenging hike. Hike begins along a creek with a pretty little waterfall. From there the ascent begins, with many rock-carved stairs. Halfway up there is a small shelter area with a gorgeous overlook.

    From the shelter to the summit, the trail actually gets more challenging. The ascent becomes much steeper. There is a point that flattens out along the ridge which is a welcomed break, but then the final ascent to the top is very steep/challenging. Governor's Rock is actually about a mile before the actual summit, which offers a spectacular view of the mountain. It is def worth it to go the last mile to the official summit from Governor's Rock.

    Carly Kovacik completed Table Rock Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Carly Kovacik reviewed Mount Mitchell Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Great trail! Trail is located on S Toe River Road at the Black Mountain Campground. My GPS took me about .5 miles down this road and then told me I arrived. I had to drive maybe another 3 miles (unpaved) to the actual trailhead. Once at the Black Mtn Campground sign I parked in the first lot and walked maybe a tenth of a mile to the trail

    The trail was great! Lot of the usual rhododendron type areas the first few miles, and let me say that you start going uphill from the beginning and it doesn't let up. Some fairly steep switchbacks along the way. I did not see anyone on the trail until about mile 4. No wildlife either, though i would not be surprised to have seen a few bear. Around mile 4ish the trail begins to take on more of what to me seemed like a Pacific NW kind of environment. The surroundings changed to a lot of rock and evergreen trees. Gorgeous! There was also a really good view (despite powerlines) from about this point. There is a sign telling you that you're about 1.6 miles from the summit, which was nice. But from then the trail gets a little steeper. A few areas along the trail were a touch overgrown.

    Summit was breathtaking. Try to go on a clear day where you can see Grandfather and Table Rock in the distance (among many others). There were a lot of people right when i came off the trail, as most drive up to the summit. For now (i think this may change here very soon), the concession stand and gift shops are closed on Wed and Thurs of every week due to short staffing.

    All in all this was a very pleasant experience. I really liked the change-over to the evergreen environment towards the top. This trail was hard, but not impossible. I'm in very good shape (weight lifter and marathoner) and it took me about 2 hrs and 20 min to get to the top (after chatting with several folks along the way and accidentally going off trail for a few minutes).

    Carly Kovacik completed Mount Mitchell Trail

    over 1 year ago

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    Carly Kovacik reviewed Walls of Jericho Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This hike was a blast, I highly recommend. Trailhead was easy to find from the highway-make sure to start at the hiking trailhead, not the horseback trailhead (they are indicated by separate signs). Once on the trail, decent descent via switchbacks to get to the main falls area, including two bridge crossings. The biggest mistake my group almost made was turning around when we got to the beginning of the main Falls area. Luckily, two gentlemen told us to cross the stream and continue on a trail up to the main falls (the one pictured at the top of the page). It is essential to have waterproof shoes/boots to do this but crossing the stream and continuing was VERY worth it. The Falls were beautiful!!! Does involve a little climbing to get to after crossing the stream. Decent ascent back to the trailhead, but nothing overly strenuous. Did see a snake-thought it was a copperhead but could have also been a banded watersnake. Decent amount of people throughout, so wouldve felt safe alone. Was about a 7 mile hike total.

    Carly Kovacik completed Walls of Jericho Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Carly Kovacik reviewed High Shoals Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Gorgeous trail! The Falls are beautiful. Upon getting close to the falls, the trails veers left to quickly take you to Blue Hole Falls which is the falls above High Shoals. If you choose not to veer left, keep taking the main trail down- mountain (you'll encounter switchbacks) and it will take you right up to High Shoals. Only saw a few people on the trail, very tranquil. Not much in the way of wildlife on my trek

    **When entering the paved road to the trailhead there is a creek that flows over top of the road.

    Carly Kovacik reviewed Big Frog Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Hiked this trail at the beginning of April. The trail was very well maintained overall with the first mile or two a quick, yet manageable incline before becoming steady and quite peaceful. After maybe mile 2 or so it becomes a steady, challenging ascent to the summit. There was an area that I could see becoming slightly overgrown in the summer but would still be manageable. I enjoyed the view towards the summit, though there were plenty of trees around that steal any good chance for a 360 view. Definitely a hike worth doing. Saw no bear or really any wildlife. I had no trouble getting to the trailhead once on the dirt road, but be aware the dirt road is located behind some utility facility, which could be somewhat hard to find at first since you actually have to pull into the lot of the facility and find the dirt road behind it.

    Carly Kovacik completed Big Frog Trail

    over 1 year ago