Spring Break is almost here! I can’t believe we’re already almost done with winter. Of course this winter turned into a wee-bit of a blur as we welcomed our new little hiker into the family in early January (we’ll post more about him later, but if you want a sneak peek you can check him out here).
But back to the topic at hand: Spring Break! Do you know where you’ll be hiking during these weeks of late March and early April? If not, let us recommend some great spots for hiking in Tennessee…
Big is Beautiful. Cummins Falls and Fall Creek Falls will both be very popular this spring, and with good reason. Fall Creek Falls is the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi and Cummins Falls is the 8th largest waterfall in Tennessee by volume, so if it’s been raining lately, you’ll be in for a roaring treat at either of these spots. But keep in mind – there will be pretty good crowds at both of these spots.
Ready for a challenge? If you’re ready to shake off the winter hibernation with an invigorating hike, then head out to Virgin Falls. This 8 mile trek is as challenging as it is beautiful. Be sure to bring good shoes, plenty of water and your camera — you’re gonna want all of them!
Big Laurel Falls – From the inside out on the way to Virgin Falls
So our last post was all about our favorite hikes of the year… but enough about us – it’s time to check out the hiking posts that all of you all liked best. Here’s the roundup of the most popular hiking trail reviews from 2012.
Top Hiking Posts of 2012
Alum Cave Trail on Mt. Leconte - Now on the side of Mt. LeConte, you begin to glimpse the first of many gorgeous vistas of the surrounding Smoky Mountains.
Cummins Falls Trails - After crossing the river a few times and climbing over a few sets of small boulders we finally arrived at the base of the falls.
Abrams Falls at Smoky Mountain National Park - While the rest of the trail provides some idyllic scenes, the main event comes with the arrival to Abrams Falls. While Abrams Fall is only 20′ tall, the volume of the falls is tremendous.
Sky Pond and Glass Lake Trail - The greatest degree of difficulty comes during the scramble up the side of Timberline Falls to the mini-plateau above that houses Lake of Glass and Sky Pond. This portion was probably about 50′ of maneuvering up a crevasse in the mountain side.
Who doesn’t love a year-end recap? This year’s hikes took us farther and higher than ever before and gave us new challenges that wore us out, but gave us a great sense of pride. Here’s a recap of our favorite hikes of 2012 – not surprisingly the bulk of them came from our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, but there were also a few faves from Tennessee…
Favorite Trails of 2012
Sky Pond and Glass Lake Trail - Once atop the waterfall climb, you’re greeted by a mini-valley of sorts that isn’t visible from the trail below. In just a few steps you’re at the edge of the Lake of Glass, another spot that offers stunning views.
Alum Cave Trail on Mt. Leconte - With an elevation change just shy of 3,000′ in 5.5 miles (one way), this trail left us worn out and weary, but with a great sense of accomplishment. The difficulty of this trail is not just the distance, but the elevation change and occasionally tricky footing.
Grays Peak - Nothing beats the view from the summit of a mountain… especially one that provides so many sweeping panoramic scenes…
Cummins Falls Trails - As the state’s 8th largest waterfall by volume, Cummins Falls is a dramatic and inspiring sight. While the overlook provides a decent view of the falls, it pales in comparison to the view from the base.
My personal favorite holiday is almost upon us (which means I’ve got to get to cookin’…). We hope you all enjoy a great Thanksgiving with family, friends and full bellies! Among dozens of other things, we’re thankful for the opportunity to get outdoors and share our stories with all of you. Thank you for your ongoing support!
If you’re looking for a good alternative to the frenzy of Black Friday shopping (ugh!), here’s our recommendations trails to hit up after you’ve done your best to conquer the Thanksgiving feast.
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