Big Laurel, Alarka Creek Headwaters

| May 1, 2022

Big Laurel, Alarka Creek Headwaters

2.51 miles; 183 ft. total elevation gain; Bryson City, NC This was the second guided hike I signed up for as part of the NC Wild Plant Society’s Spring Hiking Weekend (see my earlier post about this event in case you missed it). It was considerably less arduous than yesterday’s hike, but simply fascinating, botanically. […]

Lake Junaluska

| March 28, 2022

Lake Junaluska

3.76 miles; 276 ft. total elevation gain; Waynesville, NC This walk had been on my radar for a while now, so I finally made the trip out to Waynesville to visit. It definitely qualifies as an “Easy Walk,” in that it’s pretty flat, and all either paved or sidewalks, and even has a shortcut you […]

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 […]

Clarksville Greenway

| April 26, 2021

Clarksville Greenway

4.3 miles; 83 ft. total ascent; Clarksville, TN Visiting with family (FINALLY!) in Central Tennessee, and my sister-in-law and I felt like getting out and doing some walking, so we chose this local greenway/rails-to-trails path in Clarksville. [Insert Monkees song lyrics here] It was a flat paved walk that was getting a lot of use […]

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