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Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 21.11.2015

These two trails are similar in that they are short easy walks and very accessible. The Tow String trail is near the North Carolina park entrance at Hwy 441 and the Twin Creeks trail only a few miles from the Tennessee park entrance at Hwy 441. Both trails are a couple of miles long. If attempting to hike the "map" of the Smokies, both trails are easily overlooked. So was the case with me. I ran these last 2 trails to finish up my 900 miler qualification. Well, once...

Bartram Trail, Hiking, Southeast / 27.10.2015

The Bartram Trail intersects the Appalachian Trail in 2 places, on the north end near the top of Cheoah Bald and on the south end near the top of Wayah Bald. The loop is about 58 miles long. The Bartram trail portion includes several road walks and requires care to avoid getting off the trail. The good news is that the Bartram trail is blazed with yellow blazes and you should usually be okay if you look out for blazes. There are a few places where the blazes...

Bartram Trail, Hiking, Southeast / 26.10.2015

Trailside Camp to Winding Stair Gap Road parking on Hwy 19 / 129 - 8 miles It was a short day. I was back to my car by noon. It had rained some during the night, but it was not blowing so I left one side of my tarp open and stayed dry. This lean-to tarp arrangement is comfortable and makes it easy to move around and cook and just open up to the outdoors. It was so muggy again that it made it hard to sleep with the down...

Bartram Trail, Hiking Articles, Southeast / 25.10.2015

Wayah Shelter to trail side camp - 17.5 miles I was up at 6:30 am and after oatmeal and nuts I was on the trail in the dark. Nice views from Wayah with a guide to show horizon with named mountains, distances, and compass bearings. Standing Indian was the easiest to pick out.   [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] View from Wayah Bald before sunrise[/caption] It had been a warm and muggy night and the day was hot and humid.   [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] After short ascent on old logging road, It was very...