Beaver Lake

| January 1, 2022

Beaver Lake

2.25 miles; 16 ft. total ascent; Asheville, NC This post is a composite of many, many walks around this pretty suburban lake. I’m here at least once a week. Beaver Lake is part private park, Lakeview Park, and part Audubon Bird Sanctuary. You can also rent boats and kayaks here in the summer. The bird […]

Jane Bald from Carver’s Gap

| September 24, 2021

Jane Bald from Carver's Gap

3.27 miles; 613 ft. total elevation; Roan Mountain, TN Whew. It’s not a lot of mileage, but it’s probably one of the most spectacular hikes I’ve ever done. I got the idea to try to hit some sections of the Appalachian Trail, since it’s really not far from where I am nowadays, and I picked […]

Fonta Flora Loop Trail

| June 22, 2021

Fonta Flora Loop Trail

3.74 miles; 418 ft. total ascent; Morgantown, NC Was looking for something a bit less strenuous, and this hike fit the bill. It’s a lollipop loop that starts from a little county-owned park in Morgantown and heads down to the shore of Lake Saint James, then circles back. It’s actually a tiny section of a […]

MTS From Blue Ridge Parkway Visitors Center to Folk Art Center

| May 6, 2021

MTS From Blue Ridge Parkway Visitors Center to Folk Art Center

6.74 miles; 639 ft. total elevation; Asheville, NC So I saw this story about a tunnel on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in my local paper. It read in part: In April, a portion of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which sits along a section of land owned and operated by eight different jurisdictions, became an illegal […]

Pink Beds Loop Trail

| April 6, 2021

Pink Beds Loop Trail

6.3 miles; 276 ft. total elevation; Brevard, NC I was intrigued by the name of this route, although I wasn’t there at a time when the rhodys and mountain laurels would be in bloom, I was still excited to see it. It gets its name, by the way… well, lemme outsource the description to the […]

River Arts District

| January 18, 2021

River Arts District

3.86 miles*; 118 ft. total ascent; Asheville, NC Today I did a pleasant stroll through Asheville’s River Arts District, which is a part of town mostly occupied by artist’s studios, art galleries, coffee shops, music venues, restaurants, and bars. Most of which are currently either closed or open by appointment only, alas. But you can […]

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