Archive for September, 2011

Long Hope Creek Spruce Bog National Natural Landmark?

I went searching for Long Hope Creek Spruce Bog National Natural Landmark.  The only thing I was able to determine was that the landmark is on private property and is somewhere in Watauga or Ashe County, North Carolina.  I found a Longhope Road in Watauga County.  There was a pretty defined ravine along the south side of the road, as well as several “no trespassing signs.”

I took these pictures as I was driving along but did not get out.  I have no idea if this is the actual landmark or not.


Leaving Blue Ridge

After a long hike at Grandfather Mountain yesterday I decided to take a few short less challenging hikes.  I stopped first at Linville Falls.

I then took the loop trail around Price Lake.

I finished my day with a hike around Cone Park.  Today was my last day traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I covered a pretty good stretch of the North Carolina portion.  At some point I will have to finish the other segments.  This also marks the last day of my journey for the time being.  5 months of non stop traveling is my longest stretch so far.  Stay tuned for the next stretch of the worldslongestroadtrip……………………

Grandfather Mountain

Today I hiked Grandfather Mountain.  Grandfather Mountain is the “newest” North Carolina State Park.  The property containing the mountain has long been held privately as a tourist trap attraction.  The attraction portion of the park is still privately owned but the majority of the land now is part of the state park.  I avoided the attraction and parked near mile marker 300 and hiked the Daniel Boone Scout Trail to the Grandfather Trail.

I think this is the first time I’ve had to climb ladders as part of a hike.

In addition there were several places where the slightest incorrect planting of ones foot would result in tumbling off the mountain.  If there had been any moisture on the ground whatsoever I would have probably turned around and ended the hike prematurely.  Now that I’m safely back on level ground it doesn’t seem so daunting, but this easily goes down as my most nervewracking hikes of all time.


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Today’s photo was taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Yancey County, North Carolina with Pisgah National Forest and Mount Mitchell, the highest Point east of the Mississippi River in the United States in the background.


More hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway

I began another day adventuring along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I first stopped to take a picture of Mount Mitchell, the peak that I hiked yesterday.  A sign nearby states that this area, now part of the Pisgah National Forest, was in 1911 the first area designated as a tract of U.S. Forest Service land.

I later hiked a few miles along the Woods Mountain Trail.

I hiked the loop at Crabtree Falls.

This very short Chestoa View Trail provided these views.

Table Mountain is off in the distance.