Saturday, January 21, 2012

Winter Hiking in Western North Carolina

We have had some incredibly beautiful and mild weather this winter in Transylvania County--perfect hiking weather.  In summer, with the trees loaded with leaves, the vistas can be limited, but this time of year, on a clear day you can see forever.  Here are some shots from recent outings at East Fork Falls (just 5 miles from Ash Grove), Sassafras Mountain (the highest point in South Carolina, about 1/2 hour from Ash Grove) and Dupont State Forest (just 10 minutes from Ash Grove and home to 6 spectacular waterfalls and 90+ miles of hiking and mountain biking trails).
View from Sassafras Mtn, SC
More from Sassafras Mountain
Another view from Sassafras Mtn

Mark at Sassafras Mountain
East Fork Falls, near Ash Grove

Granite outcropping in Dupont State Fores

Friends Jim, Steven & Ron