hiking

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Loved this loop! Completed it in about 3 days and it was at a leisurely pace! Beautiful views!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Solid hike. Butt and knee burner. But most of the Appalachian trail is. Beautiful after a rain

hiking
1 month ago

Most pristine stream I've been able to find without bushwhacking for a few hours. Worth the trip.

We went counter-clockwise. Kimsey trail starts climbing right away from the camp ground. But settles down and is absolutely beautiful with many sources of water.

The AT northbound was great, standing indian shelter was extremely popular but plenty of campsites near by. Finding water along trail was easy. Highly recommend betty creek trail. Nice place to camp and get off the beaten trail for a night. The ascent up albert is rough. But I'm not sure I would want to attempt it in the opposite direction. Found out later that you can cheat, by using the road. Fire tower at the top gives you an unbelievable view and made the climb worth it.

Next 7 miles to finish was pretty much down hill, to glassmine gap and then long branch trail to the camp ground. Folks at the campground were nice and really helpful. This is a trail that i would highly recommend, esp for those who don't have the time to thru-hike.

Great waterfall. Just up the road a bit is Mooney Falls...which bit of a steep hike in places but well worth it.

Great view! Make sure you stop by Outdoor 76 in Franklin, NC. They are great people. You can find most any hiking gear there. If you need any information about the area or AT they are happy to help.

I recommend starting clockwise on the Long Branch Trail to avoid the brutal northbound ascents up to the Albert fire tower and the long switchbacks leading to Standing Indian's summit. The LBT begins directly across from the Backcountry Info Center (basically, a bulletin board) at the Standing Indian Campground.

Thanks to the hard work of the Nantahala Hiking Club, both the Kimsey Creek and Long Branch connector trails are in excellent condition - well-blazed with single blue bars and no major blow-downs to maneuver.

The AT section of this loop is nestled primarily in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness - 90% of which was affected by the fires from the Fall. Fortunately, it was a beneficial burn, clearing out much of the underbrush and leaves......and revealing many food and fuel cans "lost" on the trail over the decades!

The fire tower is by far the panoramic highlight of the trek, with some scenic ridge walking in parts during late fall to early spring.

These days, any loop incorporating the AT means you'll have plenty of opportunities to bump into other folks. Even in February, on a drizzly, foggy weekend, the shelters and major camping spots were packed!

A well-marked and idiot-proof loop.

Great section of the AT in Ga. it's rated hard but I would consider it moderate at least the first 2.5 miles that we did. Very enjoyable!

Very difficult. Got caught in a lightning storm and trashed my knee coming out in a hurry with a thirty pound pack in but, hey it was an adventure to add to my list!! So DO IT!!

My first start on the AT