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    Heather West reviewed Pilot Cove Slate Rock Trail

    12 days ago

    Backpacking - First and foremost, I have no idea what trail you guys have been on but it was a different experience for us today. It may have been the rain over the past few days but we had no less than six or seven water crossing with little to no fjords before coming to a section where a waterfall was with three logs over it, no rail and water too swift to just cross the rocks. We did turn around. Now, maybe I am a pansy, I will take that but do note, there are a decent amount of water flowing and I was not crossing the top of the water fall on the logs with no hand rails and a seven foot drop on one side nor was I crossing over the slippery rocks with rushing water. With that said, this trail IS beautiful. It is on the easier side of moderate for certain, excluding the water issues we had today. There were alot of people in the area either camping or hiking for the day, so I consider this one to be moderately trafficked as well. If you are looking for solitude, not really the place. Although it wasn't a mountain biking trail with did experience four on the trail, appears they just got crossed up somewhere along the way. Beautiful waterfalls and streams throughout the area. Tons of mud so wear good shoes. Trail also contains a lot of rocks at the first and is fairly rootey, that didn't affect the overall hike though. A couple of great places to camp along the way, may revisit when it is less wet. Happy Hiking and don't die on waterfalls.

    Heather West saved Riverside Trail

    13 days ago

    Heather West saved Art Loeb Trail

    13 days ago

    Heather West reviewed Trombatore Trail

    15 days ago

    Parking is on the side of the road, GPS will take you right to it. There were a ton of cars around but it appeared everyone was doing the Bearwallow Mountain Trail not this one. We backpacked down the switchbacks and to an annoyance of deadfall over an exceptionally steep place. Beyond that one bit of deadfall the remainder of the trail was clear. Once we got down the first initial grade it seemed the trail leveled off until we started to incline to the knoll. We packed through the deep forest without seeing anyone going in and only one couple coming back out. Trail deadheads in the middle of the knoll. We stopped and had lunch and watched the clouds go by. Field had recently been mown so there was no overgrowth to deal with. Trail over all was very nondescript. It was a good workout to get the heart rate up carrying the additional weight. Will likely go back again during the winter to see the snow on the mountains.

    Heather West completed Trombatore Trail

    15 days ago

    Heather West completed Palmetto Trail

    15 days ago

    Heather West reviewed Palmetto Trail

    15 days ago

    This trail deserves five stars, let's be honest...as long as you don't turn left to go up to Vaughns Gap. The parking lot is easy to access. Trail access is simple, just walk through the gate and head down the road and you are well on your way. The ponds are stunning, we were just there as the leaves were trying to turn. Saw some beaver sign as well as other wildlife. Chose to stay as the sunset at the first lake for dinner and watched some Canadian Geese fly in. However.........prior to the beautiful sunset and dinner we did backpack to Vaughns Gap. I don't recommend this unless you have the following: Good boots, strong thighs (for squats under trees), great lungs (for inclines) and a chainsaw. There is still ALOT of deadfall as mentioned in prior reviews; some is too low to go under but too high to go over (squats come in handy here), some are slippery (good boots here) and some are just in the dang way (insert chainsaw). There really is nothing to see at Vaughns Gap, it is just a gap, in the woods, covered with trees. Do the lake trails guys, beautiful. We didn't see many people as it was threatening rain and late in the afternoon when we started. We didn't make the waterfall as we did pack out in the dark but we will go back, at least to the lakes. Happy trails!

    Heather West saved Little Bearwallow Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Heather West reviewed Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Backpacked this trail on a day that it had been raining so I can not speak to the amount of people or the dogs. We saw no one at all and the forest was still very sleepy. If you want beautiful vistas, this is not the trail for you. Imagine being constantly surrounded by foliage, if you enjoy that, this is for you. There is a waterfall on the map but it is about .2 of a mile from the stream that the trail ends at. We didn't venture across the stream due to the threat of flash flooding that day and did not see a trail. There are no blazes at all however the trail is well worn and easy to follow. Couple spots are close to being eroded away but it appears trail maintenance has come through recently as alot of dead-fall had been cleared. All in all a fairly unremarkable trail but it was time well spent.

    Heather West reviewed Hemphill Bald Trail

    2 months ago

    Beautiful trail with lush green Appalachian woods full of water and wildlife. Never saw turkey or elk but you could hear hens in the woods clucking and see where elk had been. With 35lb packs we did find this to be on the higher end of the moderate spectrum. Nice easy walk to begin the trail, consider this your warm up. Plenty of small brook crossings, nothing to worry about just watch for the mud, it will appear deceptively shallow and then suck you down into the depths. Switchbacks give a great place to step off for a moment and catch your breath before you continue on. As you get close to the Catalooche Ranch you are going to see a gate on the right of the trail, just go inside and walk the pasture, (make sure to close the gate), save yourself some bushwacking. We were the idiots climbing through the overgrowth on the edge of the field watching people leisurely stroll down from the bald therefore missing the scrambling we were doing through briers and weeds. More people out than I expected on the trail but it appears there are a few different ways to access the bald. Never saw a sign for the Continental Divide, alot of people were looking for it while we were there, best I could do was offer a mileage gauge, doesn't appear that is it marked. Due to time management issues we didn't make the loop but did make it to the bald, arrived too late in the morning and made the decision not to pack out in darkness. Will do this trail again to complete the entire loop. Five star rating, good trail with beautiful scenery that was kept up well with excellent parking (although a small lot) and easy to access.

    Heather West completed Hemphill Bald Trail

    2 months ago

    Heather West reviewed Bald Mountain Trail

    2 months ago

    Parking is great and easy to get too off of 221. The trail is primarily a road. If you don't want a mile warm up do not take the trail on your right that states, "foot traffic welcome", it dumps you back at the helipad. Area had recently been mowed so no issues with overgrowth, no deadfall to speak of. Very exposed to the sun during mid day with it being a road. Found a forest trail and did go down it until it came to a dead end. Only completed 5.5 total of this trail. It was very hot and we started the trail in the mid afternoon at 88 degrees and ended at 93 degrees. Will head back up during the winter as this looks like a great place to snow shoe since there are no washouts or rock scrambles. Overall rating is a four, only because there isn't much to see.

    Heather West completed Bald Mountain Trail

    2 months ago

    Heather West saved Woods Mountain

    3 months ago

    Heather West reviewed Hickey Fork Trail to White Oak Flats Trail Loop

    3 months ago

    Hickey Fork Trail to Pounding Mill Trail to White Oak Trail. 2093ft elevation gain and we met a couple of friends, we were carrying 35lb packs give or take. Only 8.7 miles but the hardest hike we have ever completed with tons of deadfall and alot of overgrown areas along with steep ascents and descents. Lots of water on the mountain, beautiful stream and falls on the way up. In comparison Mt. Mitchell was technical but this was just plain hard. Straight up, then a little without elevation gain on the ridge then, what goes up, must come down....have no intention of doing this one again. Trail marked from most difficult to more difficult back to most difficult. No lies here.....

    Three stars due to overgrown and deadfall. Hard is hard and I don't discount stars for that.

    Heather West saved Conely Trail

    4 months ago