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    @ Hopsandhiking reviewed Nordhouse Dunes / Ludington State Park Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Great dune and beach views. Can be extremely busy on weekends. Found an awesome spot close to Lake Michigan. Biting flies were really bad, you need to wear long socks and pants if you plan on camping close to the Lake. Really great place to hike and camp. Please practice “leave no trace” policy.

    @ Hopsandhiking reviewed Conundrum Creek Trail to Conundrum Hot Springs

    3 months ago

    It’s been a long time since I’ve hiked this but one of the greatest hikes I have ever been on.

    @ Hopsandhiking reviewed Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls

    3 months ago

    Great day hike with a beautiful waterfall at the end. A few creek crossings and flooded with rhodendrons. Hiked this trail from Cosby Campground where we stayed. Pretty demanding first half of hike that is consistently uphill. Easy trek back down. Saw a large black rat snake about a mile in from Campground trailhead. Saw two sets of hikers our entire trip and had the falls to ourselves.

    @ Hopsandhiking reviewed Charlies Bunion via Appalachian Trail

    3 months ago

    Definitely one of the best hikes we have ever done. By far some of the best views in the Smokies. Had lunch at the Bunion before hiking back to Newfound Gap. Trail did have some traffic but nothing overwhelming. There was a bear sighting when we were on the trail near the Kephart Trail/Shelter crossing.

    @ Hopsandhiking reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte

    3 months ago

    Amazing trail and although there was a decent amount of traffic the views were amazing. You are accompanied by the soothing sound of water most of the trip. Steady incline most of the entire way that also features bluffs, cascades and a natural arch. Would recommend if your in the Smokies.

    @ Hopsandhiking reviewed Old Man Cave

    6 months ago

    The campsite we stayed at had a trail that lead to Old Man's Cave so we decided that would be where our journey would start. We traveled downhill and through a small construction site where the new Visitors Center is being built and headed for the cave. It was like stepping into another world as the trail transitioned from dense forest to an open rocky gorge with running waterfalls and sandy pools. The stone bridges and steps that twist and turn through the gorge were fantastical. I had high expectations but these were quickly surpassed by the views and cliff faces.

    @ Hopsandhiking completed Old Man Cave

    6 months ago

    @ Hopsandhiking reviewed Ash Cave

    6 months ago

    A short trail and uphill climb lead to another beautiful stone outcrop with an amazing waterfall slowly dropping into an azure pool amongst the sandy floor. Another humbling experience that can't be missed when you visit the park. The trail to the cave is around 1 mile.

    @ Hopsandhiking completed Ash Cave

    6 months ago

    @ Hopsandhiking reviewed East & West Rim Trail

    6 months ago

    We debated hitting the East and West Rim trail but decided we would push ourselves. This proved to be the best decision we made all day. The trail led us straight up the side of the gorge which was quite demanding. When the trail finally leveled out we were baffled. We had stumbled upon the best trail we hit all day. The trail followed the gorge edge overlooking the rolling hills in the distance and the tops of the massive mature trees in the surrounding area. Mangled roots and slabs of rock lined the trail with awe-inspiring views. What a perfect way to end our hiking for the day.

    @ Hopsandhiking completed East & West Rim Trail

    6 months ago

    @ Hopsandhiking reviewed Conkle's Hollow Gorge Trail

    6 months ago

    The Gorge trail was mostly paved but disappeared near the end for some awe inspiring views and another set of falls.

    @ Hopsandhiking completed Rock House

    6 months ago

    @ Hopsandhiking reviewed Rock House

    6 months ago

    This place was again amazing as you can walk through areas that have been carved into the rock. The trail to and from the rock house was riddled with large boulders and natural sandstone steps that offered a little improvisational climbing. Trail length was around 1.5 miles.

    @ Hopsandhiking reviewed Highbanks Trail

    7 months ago

    Cool trail that travels along the AuSable River. Trailhead is at Largo Springs and passes through Canoer’s Memorial and Lumbermans Monument. 6.4 miles one way. Great dune views near end.

    @ Hopsandhiking completed Highbanks Trail

    7 months ago

    @ Hopsandhiking saved Highbanks Trail

    7 months ago

    @ Hopsandhiking added 2018 Trail Log

    7 months ago

    @ Hopsandhiking reviewed Waterloo-Pinckney Recreation Hiking Trail

    8 months ago

    Hiked from Discovery Center to N. Territorial. Lots of elevation and demands endurance. Hiked it with a buddy in wet snow. Definitely pounded my legs.