Timothy P. Spira: Hiking Rainbow Falls Trail

One of my favorite waterfall hikes in the southern Appalachians is the Rainbow Falls Trail in western North Carolina, just south of Lake Toxaway. Beginning in Gorges State Park, the 4-mile (round-trip) trail soon enters Pisgah National Forest, where it follows the Horsepasture River (a designated Wild and Scenic River) along the Blue Ridge Escarpment. Four waterfalls occur along this stretch of the river, including Rainbow Falls, a near-vertical cascade about 125 feet high with a large plunge pool at the base. Few waterfalls in the southern Appalachians are as spectacular (and powerful) as this one. Continue Reading Timothy P. Spira: Hiking Rainbow Falls Trail

Interview: Johnny Molloy on Hiking North Carolina’s National Forests

As we continue to bind ourselves to the electronic universe it is more important than ever to reconnect with nature, and North Carolina’s national forests are an ideal destination to enjoy the the scenic splendor included within. So make some time to get back to nature on nature’s terms. Not only will it refresh your mind and exercise your body, it is a spiritually renewing experience to see the unimproved works of God laid out before us. Continue Reading Interview: Johnny Molloy on Hiking North Carolina’s National Forests

Interview: Joe Miller talks backpacking in North Carolina

Joe Miller, author of Backpacking North Carolina: The Definitive Guide to 43 Can’t-Miss Trips from Mountains to Sea, shares his wisdom about the many diverse hiking opportunities the great state of North Carolina has to offer. Visit his blog at getgoingnc.com or follow him on Twitter @JoeAGoGo to learn more about his experiences with the… Continue Reading Interview: Joe Miller talks backpacking in North Carolina

NC Mountains-to-Sea Trailblazing Underway

Sunday’s Raleigh News & Observer began a four-part series on the development of North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which stretches from the Smoky Mountains to coastal dunes. UNC Press has published the only comprehensive hiking guide to this 900+ mile trail, written by Allen de Hart, who has been hiking, designing, constructing, maintaining, and writing about… Continue Reading NC Mountains-to-Sea Trailblazing Underway