I rated my top 10 favorite hikes, but I left a few out that could have been in there too, and I thought would mention them, mostly through pictures.
The Appalachian trail at Roan Mountain is one of my favorite spots, especially since I don't have to hike very far to get the complete experience. Of course, the trail being the AT, I could hike as long as I want. Parking at Carver Gap is very difficult though, especially on weekends. June is a popular month there because the rhododendron are in full bloom.
|Roan Mountain in the Fall|
|The early autumn view from Roan Mountain|
|After a summer thunderstorm|
|Crossing the road very early in the morning.|
|Roan Mountain in the summertime.|
|I left my home in Charlotte at 5am to try to be there for the sunrise, but I was too late.|
How many times have I been to Crowders Mountain? How many times did I compare trails to it? And yet, it did not make my top 10.
|On top of Crowders Mt. in the summer.|
|Crowders Mountain is a rock climber's favorite.|
|In addition to many trails, there is a truck route to the top, where a cell tower resides.|
|These stairs. I think there are 133 of them. Every time I went hiking there, someone was repeatedly going up and down the stairs. OR - they were going all the way down the mountain to the parking lot, and going back up the whole thing.|
|Crowders in the wintertime is less crowded, but still popular.|
I also spent a day in Joshua Tree National Park once. It was only April, but it was already so damn hot. The wildflowers were pretty though:
And last, but certainly not least, the few hikes I got in with this little dude were awesome:
|Brycen, at age 2.|