Posts Tagged ‘Blue Ridge Parkway’

Ten hikes for the End of Days (for 2012, that is)

Throughout much of North Carolina, the forecast through New Year’s Day couldn’t be much better for one thing. Taking a hike. In the Triangle, for instance, we’re looking at daytime highs in the mid- to upper 40s and sunny to partly sunny skies through New Year’s Day. Good timing since most of you likely have some time off over this same time period. Since the weather today is universally ugly…

25 North Carolina hikes tailor-made to beat the heat

Come summer, with its 90/90 days (heat/humidity) the last thing on most of our minds is a long hike in the woods. Oceans of sweat, acres of trail-clogging cobwebs, no hydration pack big enough to sate your insatiable thirst. Very understandable, this hike aversion — if you don’t know where to go. For if you do, there are plenty of trails — from North Carolina’s steamy coast, to the stuffy…

Blue Ridge Parkway: Opening for business

I’ve been spending a lot of time along the Blue Ridge Parkway of late, exploring the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. I’d be spending even more time if the Parkway facilities, specifically the campgrounds, were open. Which they soon will be. The National Park Service has announced 2012 opening dates for their seasonal facilities along the Parkway. I’m finding them useful for trip planning, figured you might, too. Here are some key locations…

The MST puts on a show

If a picture is worth a thousand words, I’m doing you a huge favor by sparring you 15,000 words in exchange for 15 pictures, all from my journeys this week on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy, and have a slideshow-worthy weekend. * * * Like us on Facebook and get health, fitness and outdoors news throughout the day. GetGoingNC.comPromote Your Page Too

Shuttle Diplomacy

When I wrote “Backpacking North Carolina” and “100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina,” I focused on loop trips and hikes whenever possible. The reason? Simple: Shuttles are a pain. For the traditional shuttle you need two cars; you can’t do a point-to-point solo. If there are just two of you, you both have to drive. That’s not only a waste of gas, it eliminates catch-up time on the drive (not…

Get Inspired. Give KIP a buck

Giving money to a good cause is good. Giving someone else’s money to a good cause is even better. The good cause: Kids in Parks, an initiative by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and the Blue Ridge Parkway to get kids and families outside more. (I know, every time I read that — or write it — I think, “Why do we even need to think of ways to get…

Blue Ridge Parkway: Closed to traffic, open to adventure

My favorite time to be on the Blue Ridge Parkway? When it’s closed. As of Thursday, 81.8 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina are closed because of wintery weather conditions. (With few exceptions, the entire 469.1-mile parkway isn’t plowed during the winter. When it snows or the road ices over, the road stays closed until the snow or ice melts.) When those sections are closed to automotive…

90 Second Escape: Price Lake

Price Lake is one of those rare mountain trails accessible to a wide range of pedestrians. It’s 2.3-mile length may seem intimidating to the non-hiker: Rather than 2.3 miles, think of it as 25 100- to 200-yard walks interrupted by pauses to oooh and ahhh. Price Lake, located at Milepost 296.7 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, was once the private retreat of Greensboro insurance poobah Julian Price. About 4,200 acres…

35 places to rent a canoe/kayak in North Carolina

It’s one of the cheapest recreation deals going: for as little as $5 an hour you can captain your own ship on any number of waterways throughout North Carolina. These bargain basement deals are offered at various county, municipal and state parks throughout the state. We ran a preliminary list of such places in June; today, we offer a significantly more comprehensive listing (though if you notice an omission, let…

Hooky alert! Cross-country skiing

Last week, according to SkiSoutheast.com, between 18 and 22 inches of snow fell in North Carolina’s high country, more snow is falling (Ski Beech reported 9 inches of new snow overnight), and snow is expected to fall throughout the week. That’s good news for the state’s downhill ski industry, although cold temperatures alone is enough to make ski areas and their sophisticated snowmaking operations happy. The true benefactors of this…