Foothills Trail Guidebook: A guide to plan your hike

The Foothills Trail Guidebook

The Foothills Trail Guidebook: A guide to plan your hike The Blue Ridge Mountains offer me an endless region to hike. The diversity of flora and fauna of the area beckons me to branch out and explore the many regions of the Blue Ridge. But, there is no place like home. Home to me is […]

Zero drop footwear: A Viable Option

Zero Drop Footwear

Zero Drop Footwear: A Viable Option For ten years, I hiked the trails in sandals. Sometimes, barefoot walking felt great. I suppose people would consider hiking in sandals the ultimate in zero-drop footwear. As I get older, those fifteen- to twenty-mile days are starting to wear on my feet, knees, and ankles. Luna Sandals are still […]

Hemphill Bald Trail: Overnight adventure loop

The Caldwell Barn

Hemphill Bald Trail: Overnight Adventure loop GSMNP Hiking Series Hemphill Bald Trail: The Details Welcome back to the GSMNP hiking series. Last week, we covered the Kephart Prong Trail area. This week’s post, we will discuss the Hemphill Bald Trail located in the Cataloochee area of the park. Trying to plan the hike without too […]

Kephart Prong Trail to Smokemont: A GSMNP Hike

Kephart Prong Trail

Kephart Prong Trail to Smokemont: A GSMNP Hike GSMNP Hiking Series Kephart Prong Trail: The details More than 11.3 million people visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2017. Over 850 miles of hiking trails exist in the park. I am planning on writing a complete series as I try to hike the trails […]