Hiking in North Carolina
Hikers and backpackers: be warned! Entering North Carolina’s
territory may put you in a very uncompromising situation, lest you have
all the precious time in the world to savor all the ridges and slopes
that the state has to offer. As if the fact that North Carolina is
adorned with four national forests (that translates to 2.9 million acres
of preserved land), ten national wildlife refuges, 35 state parks as
well as beaches and national parks, won't give these adventure-seekers,
their walk of a lifetime. Listed in this article are few of the best
hiking trails in the state.
Highly recommended for starters, and for those who may want a very
temporary escape from the cutthroat world are short hikes which are
usually less than six miles in length, but can be classified according
to their levels of difficulty. A sample of this trail is the Rabun Bald
which is only four miles in length, and is located in the Georgia -
North Carolina border. Climbing Rabun puts the hikers into a viewing
pleasure, giving them a impressive panoramic scene of the area. Also
categorized among the short hikes is the Joyce Kilmer Old Growth Loop or
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail, and has been labeled as the best short hike
in North Carolina. This hiking paradise is only two miles long and is
one of the few remaining virgin hardwood forests in the Appalachians.
The trail's name was actually honored from the poet Joyce Kilmer who
wrote the famous poem, "Trees."
For those who just want to discover more about nature regardless of
skill level in hiking may consider the following trails. First in the
list is the 13,000 acre Stone Mountain State Park, located 45 miles
north of Statesville, which many has considered as a serious trail.
Although a successful climb atop this park rewards its hiker spectacular
views and sigh of relief (and redemption), a streak of caution should
always be imbibed to prospective climbers since many have unfortunately
reached their demise due to steep cliffs and edges of the mountain.
the positive side, hiking through the trail means a barrage of visual
poetry, from the trees, to the waterfalls and the wildlife are purely
majestic, even the manmade stairways prove to be an important site.
Just near Charlotte is the King Pinnacles which is part, and the
highest peak, of the Crowder’s Mountain State Park. The fact is that
only a few hikers have tried to reach the summit because it takes a
longer hike to reach its summit, but what's behind these difficult trail
is a rewarding beauty waiting the persevering and patient hikers. King
Pinnacles is home to endangered plants like the Mountain High-bush
Blueberry and the Bear Oak.
Check out other hiking trails that are worth trying: Big Yellow
Mountain, The Roan Highlands, Max Patch and Plott Balsam Mountains.