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We're going to be at Tsali in NC Oct 10, 11,12, 13 mountain biking and want to include some hikes while we're there. Looking for something that could get us up high and in the open with views. Waterfalls or high lakes would be good too. These would be day hikes not over night for now. We're both very fit. Doesn't have to be trails at Tsali. Willing to drive to find something exceptional.

Trails not trials...sorry.


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yer very close to deep creek that would have a bunch of waterfalls...

along with---if adventurous---ya could go up to high rocks.....

or for more of a drive----head up to newfound gap for some views...

those are the quick and easy ones----there are a ton of options in the area that you would be at.....
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Thanks Kevin for the suggestions.

Have you ever done any hikes in the Shining Rock Wilderness area in Pisgah Natl. forest? I came upon a post on Summit Post.org regarding this area, and it looks fantastic not only for a day hike, but also for an extended backpack trip.

http://www.summitpost.org/shining-rock/154945


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i've done one in shining rock....

and that would be going out to shining rock, camping at the gap, and out to the rock to watch sunset...

then art loeb trail on way back to car, as it crosses a bunch of balds....

highly recommended if yer looking for views and balds......

on the route i took----no waterfalls as one is up high........only a couple of springs along the way....
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What maps did you use?

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i didn't.....

went with someone who knew the route....

however......i did purchase a map of the area once i got home.....

it's one of the national geographics........forget which one as i'm at work and its at house....


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What maps did you use?

Nat Geo 780 is the one to get.
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From what I've been able to gather from online TR's, a map is a must for this area. What TH did you start at Little East Fork Trail? I'd love to get a USGS quad map of the Shining Rock Wilderness Area, as as well as the Middle Prong Area.

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yeah....a map is pretty essential for the majority of this area.......most trails arent really marked....

however, the path out to shining rock is a highway of a trail, so it's easy to follow and tons and tons of people along it....

at the gap when we stayed there, there were quite a number of tents......

i think thats the most popular route in that area so it's easy to follow and not get lost.......somewhat.....

and we started at the gap off of the blue ridge parkway near milemarker 420 i believe..........

investor gap it may be called.....
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I've got the Hiking North Carolina book by Falcon Guide and it has the whole layout of all the hiking trails. You are correct with Investor Gap Trail. From your description earlier, you went in Investor Gap and came out Art Loeb making it a loop. Looks pretty straight forward.

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you can drop down to Graveyard Fields for some nice waterfalls.

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ashepabst,

Would that be Yellowstone Falls, and Upper Falls?


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yup, my avatar is from yellowstone falls. i think there's a third one, too.

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Picked up the Nat Geo #780 map today in Athens and it looks like it will do just fine. Trails are well marked and numbered. I normally will take a map to Staples or Office Depot and make a copy of the area on the map that I am going to hike in and then laminate it. That way I don't have to pull the whole map out when I want to check it.

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There are four falls actually.  Upper, Second, Yellowstone and Skinny Dip.

Second is easy to get to. It's at the bottom of the wooden steps from the parking lot. From the parking area head to the left after Second Falls to get to Upper, or go right on the Mountains to Sea trail to get to Yellowstone but it requires some bushwhacking.  You'll come to a sharp curve in the trail with a large campsite on the right. The top of Yellowstone is beside that campsite. It's not marked. Continue down the MTS trail to get to Skinny Dip which is the nicest of the four and a great place for a little rock hopping.
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one thing to keep in mind while out there----especially at shining rock gap (i believe)---is that the trails aren't signed.......and can make for some confusing intersections......
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Can anyone tell me the approximate mileage from Almond NC over to the Shining Rock Wilderness area, i.e. where Blue Ridge Parkway intersects with 816 which is the road that takes you up to the parking area for the Art Loeb Trail.

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61.5 miles

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speaking of almond nc........

are you staying in a hotel there or camping over there?

i know thats the tsali area and theres tons of camping.......

and one hotel there....

i have stayed there if anyone needs info on how basic of a hotel that one is    ???
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speaking of almond nc........

are you staying in a hotel there or camping over there?

i know thats the tsali area and theres tons of camping.......

and one hotel there....

i have stayed there if anyone needs info on how basic of a hotel that one is ???

Kevin,

We will be camping at Tumbling Waters CG which is down Panther Creek Road. We'll be mountain biking at Tsali, and then spending one day hiking the Shining Rock area.


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heads up on shining rock.............


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