Fall foliage at Glassmine Gap

Autumn Trek on the Appalachian Trail

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“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir On a late Saturday afternoon I stepped off from Deep Gap and began a lumbering climb up Standing Indian mountain in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. I continued this backpacking trip through days of crisp Autumn air, concluding on a cold, wet Friday […]

White Blaze

White Blaze

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2″ x 6″. White paint. This simple white blaze is found painted on countless thousands of tree trunks at infrequent distances all throughout the 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin in Maine. It signifies the path of the Appalachian Trail. Trails were originally marked by hatchet chops, but as people become more ecologically conscious alternative methods were derived. In rockier parts of the world you’ll find the use of […]

Fire tower lookout from Albert Mountain

Albert Mountain on the Appalachian Trail

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Albert Mountain is located near the town of Franklin, North Carolina and overlooks the Coweeta Basin. From the vista of Albert Mountain you can see for 20 miles in every direction, making it an ideal spot for a fire tower or scenic view of Fall’s changing colors. This 5,250 foot high mountain sits on the path of the Appalachian Trail, and was also the setting for a 40 foot high metal fire tower lookout that […]

Misty Morning on Standing Indian Mountain

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I spent a Saturday evening camped on the summit of Standing Indian Mountain. More than a mile up, the clouds we had watched in the valley below the previous evening had enveloped the peak of the mountain at some point throughout the night. This created a dark and ethereal setting in the early AM. We packed our gear in the fog shrouded camp, and then proceed northward on the Appalachian Trail across and then down […]

French Broad River

French Broad River

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The French Broad River finds it’s headwaters near the village of Rosman, North Carolina in Transylvania County. It meanders 213 through the Appalachians, past Asheville and Hot Springs until it ultimately merges with the Holston River near Knoxville to form the Tennessee River. One of two broad rivers in North Carolina, it served as an important passage for settlers in country to bring their livestock to coastal towns and ports. Hot Springs itself began as […]

Laurel River Swimming Hole

Swimming Hole on the Laurel River

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The Laurel River is located in the Pisgah National Forest just outside the town of Hot Springs, NC. The river winds down from the mountains, curving along the way and interrupted by period rapids, until it’s junction with the French Broad River. Along the banks of the river once existed an old timber railroad. The tracks have long since been removed and are now replaced by a 4 mile long hiking trail. At approximately the […]

Biltmore Bass Pond

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The great landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed the gardens of the Biltmore Estate between 1889 and 1895, prior to earning acclaim for his work on New York City’s Central Park. The Bass Pond was the continuation of the English garden which began closer to the mansion and near the formal French gardens. The Bass pond did not occur naturally. In fact, it took careful engineering by Olmstead to ensure the pond remained clear of silt […]