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    Deborah Gedling reviewed Scaly Mountain Trail

    10 months ago

    This hike is a small portion of the Bartram Trail starting from Osage Mountain Overlook and ending on the summit of Scaly Mountain. Unfortunately, the dense fog didn't lift by the time I reached the summit and so, for me, there were no views, hence the four instead of five star rating. I'm sure the views are beautiful and will return to see them. The trail itself is in good shape here. Very few roots, although there are some extremely rocky sections.

    Deborah Gedling completed Scaly Mountain Trail

    10 months ago

    Deborah Gedling reviewed Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail

    10 months ago

    We really enjoyed the views from this trail and there are quite a number of them. We went to the right, rather than the left that many reviewers suggest, and found that the steep climb was fairly short and allowed for a nice gradual descent at the end of the trail. I'm sure it's a nice hike either way. We went mid-morning on a Friday in the summer and expected more people than there were-not crowded at all.

    Deborah Gedling reviewed Bartram Trail: Wallace Branch to William's Pulpit

    10 months ago

    This is my second time doing this hike. The waterfall is very pretty and the view from William's Pulpit is a nice one. The hike is pretty steadily up hill and you'll be glad to get to your final destination--particularly since the climb continues thereafter. This time we actually went several miles further to Harrison Gap and I can say that it was a real workout--we were thrilled to get to William's Pulpit on the way back!

    Deborah Gedling reviewed Kinsey Creek Trail

    10 months ago

    I think this is the Kimsey (NOT Kinsey) Creek Trail that departs from the area near Standing Indian Campground. It is an absolutely fabulous trail that primarily follows the creek so that there is the wonderful sound of rushing water for most of the hike. Not much elevation change but challenges come from the several tree blowdowns that must be navigated, the many rocks and roots on the trail, and the many times the water must be crossed. The trail is marked all the way to Deep Gap, a one-way distance of 4.1 miles.

    Deborah Gedling reviewed Bartram Trail to Pinnacle Knob

    11 months ago

    This is a really nice hike. It's actually over 8 miles and is moderate, not difficult in my opinion. It has a couple of nice waterfalls and a lovely place where you can hang out on the rocks and put your feet in the rushing water. The view at the top is a nice one. We went on a weekend and saw almost no one else. I highly recommend this hike!

    Deborah Gedling reviewed Tellico Bald to Burningtown Bald

    11 months ago

    I selected this trail because I wanted to do 10 miles and this trail was supposed to be easy. Parts of it were; parts of it weren't. There really is no reason to do this trail rather than any other--there is only one lookout point that is easy to find with a decent view. You pass several camp sites and one shelter, all with water, so it's a nice trail on which to take breaks or have lunch if you don't need a view. The trailhead is easy to find. Take a look at the elevation chart before doing this hike--there are significant up and down hills even though it's an "easy" trail. I got my 10 miles in by going the other direction from the trail head over to Wesser Bald.

    Deborah Gedling reviewed Bartram Trail: Jones Gap to Whiterock Mountain

    11 months ago

    This is a fabulous hike! To get to trailhead, follow directions under Austin Thompson's review below. Only change is that the left off of Gold Mine Road is now paved for quite a distance. Views from Jones Knob and Whiterock are spectacular. I went further to Fishhawk Mtn. If you do this, don't believe the sign that says the side trail is just 528 feet. It's much longer and incredibly steep. Then I couldn't find the overlook at the top! I'm sure it's there somewhere but I had to settle for seeing a nice plaque at the summit honoring W. Bartram. Regardless, a great hike--highly recommend.

    Deborah Gedling followed Nell Branch

    11 months ago

    Deborah Gedling reviewed James E. Edmond Trail

    11 months ago

    Keep in mind that this was only my 5th hike, although I'm in good shape. I thought it was an extremely difficult trail, but a wonderful challenge if that's what you want. Trail is extremely well-marked with wonderful views about halfway and a nice camp site in which to rest a bit and eat. Lots of ups and downs. I found the final two miles up the West Fork very hard and when it was done I felt as though I had had a pretty incredible workout. Poles were a huge help on this hike although it could certainly be done without them.

    Deborah Gedling completed James E. Edmond Trail

    11 months ago