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Old 04-24-2013, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Has anybody been on any of their bike paths? I'm coming up for 10 days, leaving next Thursday. I'm contemplating bringing my bike. I see Auger Hole Trail going through the middle of the park and am wondering if this is a paved bike path or if it is more 'off-road'. I glanced over their website and may have missed this info, but I couldn't find anything.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Waynesville NC
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Thank you! Based on that, it's probably not a smart idea to bike that without being fully prepared. I appreciate it!
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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I always like to get back to the threads I start asking questions about the area, it's only fair. I left FL May 2, it rained all the way up. I stayed downtown Atlanta overnight so I could get to WNC at a decent time and not have the day be a complete waste. Well, by the time I got to Sapphire where I stayed, it was miserable weather, constant rain. it rained throughout the weekend. Saturday, Sunday and most of Monday were shot, I couldn't leave the area. I came up with the intentions of spending more time in Asheville from the perceptive of a resident and not a tourist (because I am looking to move in the near future). That was whittled down to one day in Asheville and two days in the area hiking and taking pictures.

Gorges Park is really nice, it's obviously in it's infancy. The trail to Rainbow Falls was spectacular! I also hit Dry Falls and Whitewater Falls. I get the impression that Gorges is looking to become a very popular park but it's going to take people actually creating trails to mark to bring in some people. I think there are many waterfalls to be seen yet haven't been marked yet.

Overall, I am terribly disappointed that I couldn't get the time to do what I had planned. That low that came through and dropped rain for four straight days really put a damper on my plans. They said at the Gorges visitor center the immediate area (Sapphire/Cashiers) had 10.5" of rain on Saturday and Sunday. My last trip was marred with last summers massive heat wave. It seems as though I happen to come up during all the extremes. It's all good, I have been to WNC enough times to know my last two trips have been outliers. I did answer some of my own questions about the city of Asheville during my one day trip there, I would have liked more than one day to check out the surrounding neighborhoods. All in all, no matter how bad it might seem, it was still a week away from South Florida which is never a bad thing!
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Carolina Mountains
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Well, if you still love WNC after two bad weather experiences and still want to move here, theres that. Good luck.

For what its worth I think Gorges is going to be an amazing park. They have put so much work into it and its a beautiful area.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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I always like to get back to the threads I start asking questions about the area, it's only fair. I left FL May 2, it rained all the way up. I stayed downtown Atlanta overnight so I could get to WNC at a decent time and not have the day be a complete waste. Well, by the time I got to Sapphire where I stayed, it was miserable weather, constant rain. it rained throughout the weekend. Saturday, Sunday and most of Monday were shot, I couldn't leave the area. I came up with the intentions of spending more time in Asheville from the perceptive of a resident and not a tourist (because I am looking to move in the near future). That was whittled down to one day in Asheville and two days in the area hiking and taking pictures.

Gorges Park is really nice, it's obviously in it's infancy. The trail to Rainbow Falls was spectacular! I also hit Dry Falls and Whitewater Falls. I get the impression that Gorges is looking to become a very popular park but it's going to take people actually creating trails to mark to bring in some people. I think there are many waterfalls to be seen yet haven't been marked yet.

Overall, I am terribly disappointed that I couldn't get the time to do what I had planned. That low that came through and dropped rain for four straight days really put a damper on my plans. They said at the Gorges visitor center the immediate area (Sapphire/Cashiers) had 10.5" of rain on Saturday and Sunday. My last trip was marred with last summers massive heat wave. It seems as though I happen to come up during all the extremes. It's all good, I have been to WNC enough times to know my last two trips have been outliers. I did answer some of my own questions about the city of Asheville during my one day trip there, I would have liked more than one day to check out the surrounding neighborhoods. All in all, no matter how bad it might seem, it was still a week away from South Florida which is never a bad thing!

Agree ^^ Sorry that you ran into that bad weather; congrats for making the best of it though! I can only recall maybe 3 rains like that in the past several years. And it has been a much colder spring than normal. So much for global warming 'eh ! Some areas in the higher elevations actually had a frost last night, and many of the garden shops here in the Hendersonville area did not have any hanging plants out ... everything safely in their greenhouses. The rule of thumb I was told on planting in the ground is to wait until after Mother's Day because end of April can be quite unpredictable.

Tomorrow: mid to high 70's, clear, sunny and fresh dry air.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Well, if you still love WNC after two bad weather experiences and still want to move here, theres that. Good luck.

For what its worth I think Gorges is going to be an amazing park. They have put so much work into it and its a beautiful area.
It really is a nice park. I think there will be plenty more trails in the near future. That park is just way too big to have the few trails they have now. I always wondered how parks got their trails, they're probably just letting hikers create their own and go from there.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Agree ^^ Sorry that you ran into that bad weather; congrats for making the best of it though! I can only recall maybe 3 rains like that in the past several years. And it has been a much colder spring than normal. So much for global warming 'eh ! Some areas in the higher elevations actually had a frost last night, and many of the garden shops here in the Hendersonville area did not have any hanging plants out ... everything safely in their greenhouses. The rule of thumb I was told on planting in the ground is to wait until after Mother's Day because end of April can be quite unpredictable.

Tomorrow: mid to high 70's, clear, sunny and fresh dry air.
I was also told by many locals that the weather that week was not very common. It wasn't so bad, it was like a nice autumn week and I missed autumn last year. It did make for some really incredible waterfalls! Particularly Rainbow Falls @ Gorges and Dry Falls in Highlands. Hopefully my next trip will be permanent.
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