So before I begin.. I would like to share with you where I have been so far in the year 2017:
In April 2017, My Husband and I went to Cloudland Canyon State Park to celebrate his birthday. We camped out at one of the backcountry campsites for one night. It is roughly a 2 mile hike to the campsite, depending on which campsite you get. The next morning, we hiked the 1 mile Overlook Trail, the 2 mile Waterfalls Trail, and the 5 mile West Rim Loop Trail. The waterfalls were beautiful! There are two: Cherokee Falls and Hemlock Falls. Hemlock Falls requires you to walk down 600 stairs! It was well worth it! And the views from the West Rim Loop Trail were breathtaking! I would consider myself a beginner in photography. I normally use the auto function on my Canon Rebel, but now I am ready to play around with the manual mode!
I also hiked Raven Cliff Falls Trail in April of 2017. Raven Cliff Falls Trail is near Helen, Ga. It is a moderate 4.9 mile round-trip hike.
In May of 2017, my husband and I hiked Laurel Ridge Trail in Buford, Ga. This trail is near Buford Dam Park. Such a beautiful hike! It is an easy 3.8 mile trail that has several places to stop and eat, use the restroom, swim, and play. We stopped at one spot and relaxed in our ENO hammock 🙂
July of 2017 My husband and I hiked at Crowders Mountain State Park in North Carolina. Day 1, we hiked the easy lake, fern, and turn-back trails first, had lunch, and then hiked the backside and tower trails. We hiked anywhere from 8-10 miles on day 1. We camped at one of the back-country sites, which is first come first serve. Day 2, we hiked the Pinnacle and Ridgeline trails. The Pinnacle was probably my favorite. Make sure to bring plenty of water to this place because there aren’t too many places to get water on the trails. We were so tired after day 2, hiking a total of roughly 16 miles!!
In August 2017, I took some friends to one of my favorite local hikes: Mount Yonah in Cleveland, GA. This is a difficult, steep 4.4 mile hike. You WILL sweat! But the views make this hike well worth it! Bring plenty of water on this hike as well! I haven’t camped on Mount Yonah yet, but I plan to in the future. There are several spots to set up camp here.
That’s all the main hiking I have done so far this year. My goal is to at least hike once a week, even if it is an easy hike. I still need some gear for the longer hikes such as a Jet Boil cooking system and Sawyer Water Filtration System.
Until next time…