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    Michiko Martin reviewed Craggy Pinnacle Trail

    4 months ago

    NOT ticks! Don't worry! They're weevils.

    Great short hike with spectacular 360o view! Only 0.4 miles up (the trail sign said 0.7 miles, but my GPS only measured 0.4mi). Wildflowers on trail. I went on a Tuesday late afternoon, and it was only lightly trafficked.

    Michiko Martin completed Craggy Pinnacle Trail

    4 months ago

    Michiko Martin reviewed Bent Creek Network: Wolf Branch Loop

    4 months ago

    Great trail for mountain biking! (And, there is heavy bike traffic.) I was walking and trail running. Parts of this trail are on a gravel road. Look at photos so you know what you're getting into. No mountain views. Wooded forest area. What I found most cool is that this trail goes through the Bent Experimental Forest (Pisgah National Forest), and there were interpretive signs explaining various types of forest management: single tree selection, group selection, clear cut, etc. If you are interested in forest management practices, definitely check this network of trails out. The loop I did (see recorded) provided a 4.2 mile walk. In retrospect, the descent at the end was fairly hard (on my knees!), and I wouldn't choose to do it that way again. I should have consulted the topography better before selecting the route.

    Michiko Martin added Bent Creek

    4 months ago

    Michiko Martin reviewed Big Butt Trail

    4 months ago

    I only did 6 miles (RT). I started at the Walker Knob overlook, off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take path to the Left that points in the direction of Big Butt. You will be on Big Butt Trail. In 6 miles (RT), you can ascend and descend Pt. Misery (no view), and climb to Little Butt Overlook. There is a rock outcropping with a view here. I kept going pass Little Butt overlook for another half-mile. The trail is a bit less well-maintained after Little Butt, but still very obvious for the additional half-mile that I took. When I got to 3 miles, I turned around and returned to parking lot. Nice trail. Enjoyed the hike. Ran for much of it. Do this is you want a great walk in the woods. Trail has lots of steps--see photos.

    Michiko Martin completed Big Butt Trail

    4 months ago

    Michiko Martin reviewed Craggy Gardens Trail

    4 months ago

    I'm not getting it, but I totally didn't see a waterfall. There was a juncture, off this path, that leads to Douglas Falls in 3.6 miles. But, I didn't see a waterfall on this 1.9 mi (RT) trail. Trail was well-maintained. Start at the picnic area parking lot. When you get to the "Visitors Center," which is a pavilion, go thru/under the shelter to continue straight. If you take the path to the right, it leads to a dead-end about a quarter mile up with a below-average overlook. The straight path will lead you to the juncture already mentioned or to the start of Craggy Garden Trails from the overlook. This is a nice path for a walk in the woods after a picnic. I did this as my last hike of the day, so I didn't have enough in me to take the Douglas Falls path for what I assumed would be a 7 mi RT. I only did it because I thought I could get a waterfall in under 2 mi RT.

    Michiko Martin completed Craggy Gardens Trail

    4 months ago

    Michiko Martin saved Big Butt Trail

    4 months ago

    Michiko Martin reviewed Mount Pisgah Trail

    4 months ago

    Excellently maintained trail. Mostly rock-steps. Fairly steep ascent. Took 27 minutes to go up at a fairly steady, brisk pace. Went on Monday late afternoon and there was little traffic--saw less than 20 people round-trip. The view was meh. Don't go up because you think you're getting an awesome view. You will be disappointed. Go up because you want a nice 1.1 mile hike up a mountain on a rocky trail.

    Michiko Martin completed Mount Pisgah Trail

    4 months ago

    Michiko Martin reviewed Appalachian Trail: Wolfsville Road to Raven Rock 10H

    4 months ago

    Nice hike--climbing two peaks (both ways) on this out-and-back hike. Very, very rocky--need sturdy soles. I made the mistake of wearing running shoes, and my soles were so sore after 10 miles. My hiking partner had sturdy hiking shoes and fared much better. Two big road crossings. Two stream crossings. Mostly shaded/wooded trail, a few open grass crossings. Lots of muddy areas on first .5mile of trail. Wonderful ATC stewards working on the first section. By the time I had returned, it looked spectacular!

    Michiko Martin updated Cherry Blossom Trail

    5 months ago

    Michiko Martin reviewed Cherry Blossom Trail

    5 months ago

    Michiko Martin updated Cherry Blossom Trail

    5 months ago

    Michiko Martin reviewed Kinder Farm Park Trail

    5 months ago

    The Perimeter trail is a nice, easy 2.4-mile paved path around Kinder Park. You can take side dirt paths (Wildflower, Blackberry and Greenbrier trails) to lengthen your overall walk/jog or to lessen the pounding on pavement. Take the Blackberry trail to see a nice little pond backed by a bamboo forest. Lots of deer in the park to see, as well as birds, plants, trees. Mulberries ripe right now. Well-traveled/used, especially on weekends and holidays, and must share path with bikes and many walkers with dogs (many that lunge out of curiosity and excitement and aren't well-controlled). When the Farm is open, you can stop and see cows, poultry, sheep and goats

    Michiko Martin completed Kinder Farm Park Trail

    5 months ago

    Michiko Martin reviewed Raven Rocks via Appalachian Trail

    5 months ago

    Fun hike with great view! Always fun to hike across state lines. Fairly rocky trail. Trail head parking lot full on weekend (Sunday).