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Winter Backpacking in the Southern US
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the avrock
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January Backpacking in the Southern US on 12/16/2007 19:50:33 MST Print View

Hey guys! So me and a few friends are looking to do a last minute trip here before we all have to go back to school for the spring semester.

We live in Wisconsin and want to head somewhere down south where it will be a little bit warmer than up here. We are looking for somewhere that has a little bit more elevation than what we are used to in Wi. We have time for about a four day trip in late January and we have two guys who are fairly inexperienced so 60 miles max over those four days would be as much as I would want to do.

I was initially looking at somewhere in North Georgia or maybe Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina?? I'm not really sure because I rarely get to get down South.

Please let me know if you guys have any suggestion. I would really appreciate it!


Edited by theavrock on 12/16/2007 19:51:58 MST.

bobby c
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Locale: i don't need no stinkin badges!
nc, sc on 12/21/2007 13:59:32 MST Print View

there are some great trails in nc and sc.

in sc, there's the foothills trail,, which is spectacular. one of my favorite places on earth. the trail goes through several parks, crosses in and out of nc and sc and has ample water, views, campsites, well maintaned and well marked trails, etc... awesome place.

in nc, not far from the foothills trail area is pisgah national forest which is home to the world famous art loeb trail. you can google that and find a bunch of info on the art loeb. nat'l geographic makes a map of the pisgah ranger district, with all of the art loeb and other spur trails noted. great place, really crowded on weekends whereas i've been on the foothills and have probably only seen people in 1 out of every 3 days most times. very good state parks in sc in the general area of the foothills trail. can't go wrong either way but my money would be on the foothills.

Steve O
(HechoEnDetroit) - F

Locale: South Kak
SC Foothills Trail on 12/21/2007 14:32:09 MST Print View

I'll be moving to SC when I graduate in May, so I just wanted to say thanks Bobby. I'm happy to learn anything about the area. I'll be visiting Columbia, SC in Feb, so maybe I'll check the Foothills out then. Have you read the guidebook that is sold on If so, is it a worthwhile purchase?

Edited by HechoEnDetroit on 12/21/2007 14:33:03 MST.

bobby c
(bobbycartwright) - F

Locale: i don't need no stinkin badges!
yes to the good book on 12/23/2007 20:54:45 MST Print View

yes, the foothills book is definetly worth the purchase. most of the descriptions are very accurate even though my copy is peppered with my own interpretations, usually done at the end of a long day where i seriously questioned some of their "moderate" ratings. but the book is invaluable as a tool for enjoying the foothills.