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Hey! I’m posting to see if there is any interest in trail running in general—one of my favorite things—and so time and date could be subject to change based on interest (and if this virus is still current). The plan as of right now would be to meet at Pigeon hill (back trails of Kennesaw Mountain) parking lot and run 6 miles of it. My pace is usually between 8:30-9:30 minute mile, but am open to whatever :) I am asking a question before being put on the going list tho: have you ever ran a 10k (6miles)?
Hike the trail less traveled in the Citico and Slickrock Wildernesses. The itinerary is as follows: Hike Stiffknee (TR106) Hike most of Slickrock Creek (TR42) =10 miles Camp in Upper Slickrock Creek Hike rest of Slickrock Creek (TR42) Hike Hoae Lead (TR53) Hike over Bob Bald (TR54) Hike connector to Cherry Gap (TR95) Hike upper North Fork Citico Creek (TR 98) =9 miles Camp in Upper Citico Creek Hike rest of North Fork Citico Creek (TR98) Hike Rocky Flats (TR100) Hike Mill Branch (TR96) Hike Fodderstack (TR95) =13 miles Both Slickrock Creek and North Fork Citico Creek have river fords and are very steep at the top of their water sheds. Here's a nice map of the area: http://tailofthedragonmaps.com/wp-content/uploads/JK_Trails_2015.pdf Natural Atlas provides an amazing print tool: https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-84.004381,12z
Grayson Highlands State Park Visitors Center
Grayson Highlands State Park day hike and music festival: We'll drive up (5 hours) on Friday after work and spend the night near Watauga Lake, Tennessee. Saturday, we'll drive (1.5 hours) to Grayson Highlands State Park and attend the blue grass festival (music starts at 10:30). If reservations may be made, we'll camp near by. Sunday, we'll day hike an 8.5 mile loop within the park featuring mountain vistas, alpine swimming holes and, of course, wild ponies. The hike should wrap up in mid afternoon. Then we'll drive (6 hours) back home. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition https://www.waynehenderson.org/the-festival/ Grayson Highlands loop Blog https://travel2walk.com/2019/09/01/virginia-hikes-grayson-highlands-loop-july-27-2019/
This hike explores Forney and Hazel Creeks. The itinerary is as follows: Hike the AT for 4.5 miles Hike Weltch Ridge for 1.7 miles Hike most of Hazel Creek for 8.8 miles = 15 miles Camp at Saw Dust Pile (Site 85) Hike the rest of Hazel Creek for 2 miles Hike most of Lakeshore for 10 miles =12.5 miles Camp at Gunter Branch (Site 72) Hike the rest of Lakeshore for 2 miles Hike Forney Creek for 11.5 miles =13.5 Both Forney and Hazel Creeks have river fords. Plan healthy meals. Take your time and enjoy your wilderness experience. Cost: permits in the Smoky Mountains cost 4 dollars per person per night: https://smokiespermits.nps.gov/