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Old 09-13-2011, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Carolina Mountains
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Hey dudes and dudettes!

We are going to go hiking around asheville this weekend and can't decide on a trail! We want to stay around Asheville since I've got some errands I have to do. So! I decided to ask you guys! We love them all so need a middle man . Thanks!
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Waynesville NC
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Looking Glass Rock
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC/Greensboro, NC
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Saucy, I know you live in the Greenville area now - some suggestions:
Dupont State Forest - halfway between G'ville and Asheville - fantastic trails/waterfalls
Also check out Whitewater Falls - the highest waterfall east of the Rockies - amazing - part of the Nantahala National Forest
Whitewater Falls is very close to the relatively new Gorges State Park (NC) with additional trails and waterfalls
romanticasheville.com also has some additional hiking ideas
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Marshall, NC
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Saucy, I know you live in the Greenville area now - some suggestions:
Dupont State Forest - halfway between G'ville and Asheville - fantastic trails/waterfalls
Also check out Whitewater Falls - the highest waterfall east of the Rockies - amazing - part of the Nantahala National Forest
Whitewater Falls is very close to the relatively new Gorges State Park (NC) with additional trails and waterfalls
romanticasheville.com also has some additional hiking ideas
The second the doc's recommendation for Gorges State Park - we were there in June and it's great - but saucy says she wants to not be too far from Asheville. I would head out on the Blue Ridge Parkway and do the Sam Knob Summit/Flat Laurel Creek hike - or the Black Balsam Loop which starts from the same trailhead - all great hikes!
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:43 PM
 
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Saucy, I know you live in the Greenville area now - some suggestions:
Dupont State Forest - halfway between G'ville and Asheville - fantastic trails/waterfalls
Also check out Whitewater Falls - the highest waterfall east of the Rockies - amazing - part of the Nantahala National Forest
Whitewater Falls is very close to the relatively new Gorges State Park (NC) with additional trails and waterfalls
romanticasheville.com also has some additional hiking ideas


ahhhh romantic asheville.....the reason there are nearly zero secret spots anymore that aren't all over the internet........thanks romantic asheville oh and the citizen times and the mt express wnc parent etc etc... now the parkinglot at places like max patch might as well have parking meters on the weekend lol
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Carolina Mountains
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The second the doc's recommendation for Gorges State Park - we were there in June and it's great - but saucy says she wants to not be too far from Asheville. I would head out on the Blue Ridge Parkway and do the Sam Knob Summit/Flat Laurel Creek hike - or the Black Balsam Loop which starts from the same trailhead - all great hikes!

Yea I was looking more for the arboretum, bent creek forest, mills river, mnt to sea trail, craggy gardens, type deals.
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Manhattan Island
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Yeah see, you know more about what trails to go to than most of the people who are going to respond on here, saucy. Hey, there's always that section of the MST that goes from the side of the Parkway to the top of that rock with the overlook of Haw Creek Valley; you know, the one you went on after you healed up from your injury? That's a good one.

Oh, and I agree with ole boy who said Romantic Asheville (and other sites like it) have effectively destroyed the "secret spot". That is a mythical place that no longer exists on the East Coast, except maybe in Vermont or Maine. Actually no, not Vermont. Just Maine. But I still have some secret spots up my sleeve. Out here in this country by my place, there are a lot of good spots and not very many people, and what people are here already know better spots than you anyway, so you won't be disturbed. Douglas Falls always has some people there though.
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Carolina Mountains
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Yeah see, you know more about what trails to go to than most of the people who are going to respond on here, saucy. Hey, there's always that section of the MST that goes from the side of the Parkway to the top of that rock with the overlook of Haw Creek Valley; you know, the one you went on after you healed up from your injury? That's a good one.

BAH! Wish I could rep you. Lame system.

I thought about knowing more than most but thought there were enough people on here to suggest spots in asheville and lead us in one direction or another. I guess we'll have to fend for ourselves. OH the HORROR! I do love douglas falls hrmmmmmm maybe well do that one. We thought about heading up early, doing a shorter under 3 mile one, getting the errands done and having lunch, then doing another 3-4 mile hike. So we shall see. The younger sibling mentioned meeting up too (hes in cullowhee) and hes not a hiker, so we might go for an easy easy one for him.

I'll have remember to get some neat pictures and add them to the picture thread. I'm digging it.
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Manhattan Island
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Well, if you do Douglas Falls, you ought to access it from the Coleman Boundary. If you don't know where that is, PM me. It's right down the road from my house, and it's an 8 mile drive on a Forest Service gravel road to the falls. My Honda Accord can make it, so no worries there. That should be your easy easy one, really. It's very very short, but the waterfall is spectacular as you know. The Douglas Falls hike, if you access it from the Parkway, that's a long hike, but if you do it from the Boundary, it's easy as can be.
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