Looking Glass Rock, Pisgah National Forest, N.C.

A Perfect Week of Hiking in the North Carolina Mountains

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By Michael Lanza

Warm rain drums lightly on the lush deciduous forest around me as I walk up a long-abandoned dirt road that has narrowed to a trail with the gradual encroachment of vegetation. The wind assaults the treetops, the outer edge of a hurricane hitting the Southeast coast right now; but here, far from the storm, it sounds like waves rhythmically lapping up onto a beach and retreating. It’s a gray, early evening in mid-October in the basement of a compact valley in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina—a valley that, due to its tight contours, sees precious few hours of direct sunlight at this time of year—and the daylight has filtered down to a soft, dim, tranquil quality.

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2 Responses to A Perfect Week of Hiking in the North Carolina Mountains

  1. Nigel William   |  October 22, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Hi, Michael! You are an amazing writer! This article really pulls me in and it felt almost like I was there while reading it. Photos are amazing, too. I was wondering, where you plan to go next?

    • MichaelALanza   |  October 23, 2017 at 6:01 am

      Thank you, Nigel. This is actually the time of year when I’m starting to make plans for trips I’ll take next year. Ask me in spring, and I’ll have a lineup of trips on my calendar. Follow this blog closely and you’ll read many suggestions for adventures to start planning now. Thanks for writing.

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