“Peace within…Peace between…Peace among…Peace beyond” Virginia Sinclair
January 29 Turkey Pen in Pisgah Forest
5 miles est., 700’ est. ascent, R5, car fee: $3.00
A loop, from parking we hike down to bridge, hike go left onto South Mills River trail, then right on Mullinax trail, right onto Squirrel Gap trail, right onto Bradley Creek trail, returning to bridge, then up to cars.
February 5 Thrift Cove..Pisgah Forest
4 miles, 500’ est. ascent, R4, no car fee
A loop trail, from the parking area behind the Forest Service equipment area we hike up Black Mountain trail, right onto Thrift Cove and return.
February 12 3 Lakes Trail in DuPont
4.5 miles, 500’ ascent est., R4, $2.00 car fee
An out and back trail from the Visitor’s Center, we hike across the Little River via covered bridge, right on Conservation Rd., left onto Pitch Pine trail, left onto Three Lakes Trail, then return on Conservation Rd. to the covered bridge and on to cars.
February 19 JOEL BRANCH RAMBLE
5.7 miles, 750’ ascent, R6, no fee
From the Art Loeb trailhead we hike up to the Estatoe trail at foot bridge, then up Joel Branch Rd. to the Art Loeb taking a left back to the Estatoe trail and our cars.
February 26 SYCAMORE COVE VIA THE ESTATOE TRAIL
6 miles, est., 700’ ascent, R6, no fee
Starting at Lowe’s we hike out the Estatoe trail, cross the footbridge and hike over to Sycamore Cove loop, do the loop, then back on the Estatoe trail to our cars. You could shorten the hike by meeting us at the footbridge and parking at the Art Loeb trailhead.
March 5 BIG EAST FORK
5 miles in and out, 900’ ascent, R6, car fee: $3.50
From the trailhead on highway 276 at the East Fork of the Pigeon River, we hike out and back.
March 12 BLACK MOUNTAIN RAMBLE
4.5 miles, 500’ ascent, R4, no fee
A loop from the Forest Service sheds parking we hike Black Mountain trail to Thrift Cove, Grassy Rd. (Forest Rd. #5061), and back to cars.
March 19 TWIN FALLS
4.5 miles, 400’ ascent, R4, $1.00 car fee
From Avery Creek Rd. (off Hwy. 276) we drive to the trailhead. We hike down Avery Creek trail to then right onto Buckhorn Gap trail alongside Henry Branch creek to Twin Falls. We return the same way. Avery Creek Rd. is pothole.
March 26 GREEN RIVER GAME LANDS – GRN. RIVER COVE TRAIL
7.3 miles, 1,400’ ascent, R7, $5.00 car fee
An in and out hike. Access from I-26/Saluda exit on Green River Cove Rd., park at Wilderness Cove parking.
April 2 FRYING PAN TOWER
4 miles, 900’ ascent, R5, car fee: $4.00
An out and back starting at the Pisgah Inn. We hike over the top of Big Bald, then up the gravel Rd. to Frying Pan tower, then return. Lunch at the Pisgah Inn, if possible.
April 9 BUCK SPRING IN AND OUT
6 miles, 300’, R4, car fee: $3.00
From the Buck Spring trailhead on Hwy. 276, we go out and back with lunch at some logs.
April 16 ROUGH RUN 4/2/18, 4/15/19
4.5 miles, 300’ climb, R4, $5.00
North of Cashiers and on private property this is a great spring ephemeral hike with two beautiful waterfalls.
April 23 COONTREE LOOP
4.5 miles, 1,000’ ascent, R5, $1.00
From Coontree trailhead on Hwy. 276 we hike clockwise on the Coontree trail
April 30 PERRY COVE VIA BENNETT GAP
4.4 miles, 400’ ascent, R5, car fee: $1.00
A loop from Avery Creek Rd. we take Bennett Gap up to Perry Cove, then right back to Forest Rd. 5054 to Bennett Gap then left to cars.
May 7 LITTLE SAM LOOP
5-6 miles, 700’ ascent, R6, $5.00 car fee
From the side parking on road 816 we walk down to the Big Sam parking. From there we hike on the Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam Trail, go up to Little Sam and out on the rock for lunch. Then we return to our cars via the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
May 14 PANTHERTOWN, EXPLORING THE EASTERN SIDE 7/13/20
5.5 miles, 1,035’ ascent, 860’ descent, R6, car fee: $5.00
Mac’s Gap trail, right at Little Green trail, diversion to Tranquility Point, back, diversion to Schoolhouse Falls, back to Panthertown Valley Trail, right, back to cars.
May 21 DUPONT FOREST, CORN MILLS TO BRIDAL VEIL FALLS
6 miles, 500’ climb, R5, $3.00
From the Corn Mills Shoals parking we hike that trail to Bridal Veil Falls, have lunch, and return. Important note: We will wade the Little River. Either bring a pair of sandals to use, go barefoot when crossing. It is a doable but slippery crossing.
May 28 DANIEL RIDGE LOOP
5.6 miles, 900’ climb, R6, $2.00 car fee
From the Daniel Ridge parking we hike into the forest going clockwise completing the loop.
June 4 CAT GAP LOOP AND JOHN ROCK
6 miles, 1,200’ climb, R7, $2.00
Hiking counterclockwise we will hike Cat Gap via the short cut to John Rock trail. We’ll stop for lunch with a view and continue on the John Rock loop to Cat Gap and back to the Fish Hatchery.
June 11 BLACK BALSAM/TENNANT MOUNTAIN, 2
5.7 miles, 900’ ascent, R6, $5.00 car fee
From Big Sam parking we walk back to the Art Loeb/MST intersection, up Black Balsam, over and down Tennant, and back on Ivestor Gap trail.
June 18 LOOKING GLASS TO HELIPAD
Out and back, 5 miles, R6, 1,300’ ascent, car fee: $1.00
From the parking area at Looking Glass trailhead just off Hwy 276, we go up and back.