Hike of the Week: Princess Falls

Trail: Sheltowee Trace Trailhead: Yamacraw Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 95 ft. Difficulty: EasyThe Twenty Week Hiking Challenge has increased in difficulty quite notably in recent weeks, with...

Hike of the Week: East Laurel Overlook

Trail: Cumberland Valley Trailhead: Cumberland Valley Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 350 ft. Difficulty: ModerateThe hike along Groom Ridge might be uneventful, but the view from East Laurel...

Hike of the Week: Triple Falls at Bruce Creek

Trail: Triple Falls Trailhead: Bruce Gap Distance: 2.12 miles Elevation Gain: 770 ft. Difficulty: StrenuousIf you’ve ever driven down Interstate 75’s Caryville Mountain, glanced over at the craggy...

Hike of the Week: Natural Arch

Trail: Natural Arch Trailhead: Natural Arch Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 229 ft. Difficulty: EasyAfter a couple of strenuous hikes to Angel Falls Overlook and Honey Creek, the...

Hike of the Week: Honey Creek

Trail: John Muir Trail Trailhead: Leatherwood Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 830 ft. Difficulty: StrenuousWhen someone asks me which hiking trail I recommend in the Big South Fork...

Hike of the Week: Lilly Bluff Overlook

Trail: Lilly Bluff Trailhead: Clear Creek Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 240 ft. Difficulty: ModerateThrough the first two months of the Twenty Week Hiking Challenge, every trail has...

Hike of the Week: Blue Heron

Trail: Blue Heron Loop Trailhead: Blue Heron Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 640 ft. Difficulty: ModerateTwo years ago, the Twenty Week Hiking Challenge called the Blue Heron Loop...

Hike of the Week: John Litton Farm

Trail: Litton Farm Loop Trailhead: Bandy Creek Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 561 ft. Difficulty: ModerateThe first five weeks of the Independent Herald’s Twenty Week Hiking Challenge featured...

Hike of the Week: Emory Gap

Trail: Emory Gap Trailhead: Panther Branch (Frozen Head State Park) Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 465 ft. Difficulty: Easy/ModeratePerhaps the only thing more beautiful than the drive up...

Hike of the Week: Colditz Cove

Trail: Northrup Falls Trailhead: Colditz Cove Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 111 ft. Difficulty: EasyAlmost as soon as you enter the hemlock forest that shrouds the Big Branch...

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