Archive for the ‘Hiking’ category

It’s Easter weekend — must we egg you on?

Things I might be doing this Easter weekend if my nose wasn’t running like a Delta Tau Chi keg from spring allergies. 1. Paddle at Merchant’s Millpond Merchant’s Millpond may be man made, but after 190 years the millpond has shed most signs of its civilized past. Today, the 760-acre millpond is much more coastal swamp than center of commerce. The pond’s dark, acidic waters meander through a forest of…

Let wildflowers put some spring in your step

Looking to jump-start — or simply start — a hiking program? There’s no better time than now, the start of spring. Temperatures are on the rise, there’s more daylight and choose your trails wisely and there can be a whole lot to see. After a brief delay thanks to an unusually cold winter, the spring wildflower display is on. One of the first signs of warmer weather and longer daylight…

Play nice on the trail this weekend

Sunday, I was running the bike and bridle trail at Umstead when I came upon a sizable obstacle: a phalanx of hikers bearing backpacks spanned the width of the trail, spilling over onto the shoulders. The trail is quiet generous, a converted fire road that should be capable of handling boatloads of trail users without conflict. Provided those trail users are cognizant of other trails. Which brings us to today’s…

A winter’s climb up Clingman’s Dome

Up for a little escape? How about a climb to the top of Clingman’s Dome? From the beginning of December to the end of March, the road to the top of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closed. Just like that, one of the most popular attractions in the country’s most popular national park is deserted. Making this the perfect time to visit. Come with me on the 14.1-mile…

There’s a little of everything at Cedarock Park

Last weekend, I discovered a new park. This weekend, I rediscovered a park that, somehow, had flown off the radar. Every couple of weeks, usually on a Saturday, Marcy and I pick a direction and drive. Whatever we discover along the way is what we do for the day. Yesterday, our compass pointed west. “There’s a park out here I scouted for the book,” I said as we headed out…

Carolina dreamin’ on a winter’s day …

Things I dream of doing if the temperature ever gets above 60 again … Run in shorts. I having nothing against running tights and I’m not an exhibitionist. But you can’t truly appreciate the freedom running offers unless you’re in shorts and a sweaty t-shirt. (And, to a growing number of runners, no shoes.) Paddle Brice Creek. I’ve yet to paddle Brice Creek. Yet every year around this time, about…

White Oak greenway stretch to close for two years

The good news: The long-awaited promise of being able to take a greenway from near downtown Raleigh to the heart of downtown Durham came a step closer to reality last week with the unofficial opening of the 4.6-mile Chatham County section of the American Tobacco Trail. It’s now possible to walk/run/bike/equestriate for 13.8 miles on the ATT south of I-40. The trail resumes on the north side of I-40, running…

Four carrots to get you to spring

I love carrots, crave them. Couldn’t press on without ‘em. If I can’t envision a carrot in the distance, I’m hard pressed to roll out of bed and go for an early morning run or ride, let alone in 20-degree weather. So today, a few carrots to motivate you through the cold challenge of winter. Tame the Tyger River Race and Festival 7.75-mile race/recreational float on Class II water April…

News from your neighborhood statewide trail

The emailroom here at GGNC gets inundated with enewsletters, and frankly, most are enews in ename only: most are eblabla. The staff is instructed to throw most in the circular efile. The January 2010 enewsletter from the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is an exception, chock full of news on several fronts. We’ll get to those fronts in a moment, but for the benefit of those of you not familiar…

A weather reprieve, a call to action

OK, I’ve heard enough kvetching of late about the weather. Or did I mean to say I’ve done enough kvetching of late about the weather? Either way, the weather of late has been less than inviting. However, as it is wont to do, the forecast that midweek called for rain and cold throughout the weekend has changed. Today is now supposed to be sunny and seasonal. Based on the tinge…