Outdoor Sightseeing in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Stretching across North Carolina's western border -- dominating the horizons with crackled granite and limestone -- are the Blue Ridge Mountains
. These massive peaks sprawl across the eastern curl of the United States: beginning in Georgia and ending eventually in Pennsylvania, where they become shallow hills. It's Carolina that provides the most spectacular scenery, however, and the many available Blue Ridge Mountain hiking trails allow travelers to experience it (just as the many available vacation properties allow them to experience luxury).
Cumberland Knob Trail
Gently weaving through picturesque Alleghany County is the Cumberland Knob Trail. This half-mile path begins at the Blue Ridge Mountains Visitor Center, allowing guests to sample the first incline of the peaks. It's an easy climb -- which makes it ideal for families, especially those with young children -- and offers stunning views of its namesake. Picnic areas await at the top.
Crabtree Falls Loop Trail
Offering an invigorating climb through the woods is the Crabtree Falls Loop Trail. This challenging path (which totals five miles in circumference) allows travelers to reach an elevation of 3,760 feet, which provides breathtaking views of the valley below. Guests can amble from the comforts -- and privacy -- of their vacation properties to ascend the peaks. This is a moderately strenuous activity and is among the most popular of the Blue Ridge Mountain hiking trails.
Gully Creek Trail
Spanning rivers and ravines is the Gully Creek Trail: a difficult -- but rewarding -- route that will demand patience. This five mile journey forces guests to trek across sharp inclines, crossing shores and boulders. The slick terrain can prove to be too much for the inexperienced; but most sportsmen will delight in the opportunity to travel across such unspoiled land. Gully Creek Trail eventually tapers into a beatific point, where guests can see Cumberland Knob below and the rise of the mountains beyond. It will demand most of an afternoon. Proper planning is needed therefore.
Weaving across the mountain is the Tanawha Trail: a staggering 13.5 miles (one way) path carved from bridges and boardwalks. It leads travelers through the heart of Julian Price Park: surrounded by ancient oaks, rare floras and massive rock formations. This is often deemed the most impressive of all Blue Ridge Mountain hiking trails, and few could dispute such a claim. The easy-to-conquer roads allow individuals of all abilities to walk; and the hardwood forest views are humbling. This is ideal for families.
Frying Pan Mountain Trail
Reaching across almost two miles of fields and slowly rising hills is the Frying Pan Mountain Trail. Its unique name doesn't hint at the beauty that waits along its curves; but the gatherings of wildflowers and open views will amaze all who wander through it. This intimate path offers peerless photography opportunities -- as well as allowing pets to have access to it. This brands it as a family attraction (much like the vacation rentals
that wait beneath it, where an excess of space ensures that no one is left behind).
Devil's Courthouse Trail
Winding not even a full mile along the Blue Ridge Mountains is the Devil's Courthouse Trail. Too often is this short trek dismissed, assumed to be too simple to enjoy. Its harsh inclines and rugged terrain mark it difficult, however, and experienced hikers will find themselves challenged. The high slant of the path reaches over 5,000 feet. The air therefore will thin as individuals climb. This makes the Devil's Courthouse unsuitable for the young or the disabled. Those who can brave it, however, will discover a panoramic summit and natural wonder.
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