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35 - 45 mile Georgia / North Carolina Loops
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Matthew Helmuth
(matthewhelmuth) - F - M

Locale: Cascade Siskiyou National Monument
35 - 45 mile Georgia / North Carolina Loops on 02/08/2014 16:43:19 MST Print View

I've an oddly specific set of criteria I'm trying to meet.
My girlfriend and I are heading out in late February for a five day trip. (Specific dates are the 22nd-27th)
I've done the Georgia loop in the past and loved it, but she's in the family way so we want to take it easy.
I poached a couple of routes in the Smokies from another thread, but I think that might be a tad cold in late February.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!


Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: 35 - 45 mile Georgia / North Carolina Loops on 02/08/2014 20:45:48 MST Print View

In late February, most areas with elevation in the Southern Appalachians are going to be fairly cold. We did a loop last year in early March and the lows were 20-25F. If that temp range is OK, there are many loops in the 35-45mi range.

A couple off the top of my head in NC -

Big Creek ranger station up to the AT and Mt Cammerer fire tower, stay at the Cosby Knob Shelter. Then, down the AT to the Balsam Mtn Trail and over to Laurel Gap Shelter on the BMT. Up to Mt Sterling fire tower and down the Baxter Creek Trail back to your car. Great views, two fire towers and big trees. 37miles

Pisgah Loop - Turkey Pen Gap along the S. Mills River and up to the Pink Beds, camping near the junction with the Mountains to Sea Trail. Up to the top of Mt Pisgah near the Pisgah Inn and stay the 2nd night near Sassafras Gap. 3rd day walk back to Turkey Pen Gap. Great mountain views, swinging bridge and river views. 34miles


Edited by ViolentGreen on 02/08/2014 20:46:45 MST.

David Maxwell

Locale: eastern, tn
Re on 02/08/2014 20:57:22 MST Print View

There is a couple of good loop options at Standing Indian.

Matthew Helmuth
(matthewhelmuth) - F - M

Locale: Cascade Siskiyou National Monument
re: Pisgah on 03/01/2014 19:20:16 MST Print View

We hiked in Pisgah National Forest: we encountered water too high for our group to cross (one pregnant woman and two dogs) on the South Mills trail on day one and decided to base camp and day hike.
It was an excellent area for that exact sort of trip and I guess the Pisgah loop would have been a blast, too.
Thanks for the suggestion!