Panther Creek is a popular destination for folks all across north Georgia - in fact, you're unlikely to find solitude on weekends at Panther Creek Falls, the primary destination of most people who hike the Panther Creek Trail. However, what most hikers don't know about is that the full Panther Creek Trail is considerably more strenuous and longer; the trail doesn't just end at Panther Creek Falls. By hiking the full length of the Panther Creek Trail, you will experience a lot more solitude, see more of the creek's more turbulent stretches, and overcome a challenge - as hiking the east half of the Panther Creek Trail is a task that's not for the faint-hearted. This hike occurred on Saturday, September 5th, 2015. My plan was to hike the entire Panther Creek Trail from the eastern terminus near Yonah Dam to the western terminus at Old US Highway 441 and back.
Are you looking for a remote, scenic hike in the busy Atlanta metro area? The trail system at Sweetwater Creek State Park may be right for you. The park's constantly expanding trail system lies on both the west and east sides of beautiful Sweetwater Creek. You can explore the historic mill ruins and the numerous rapids on Sweetwater Creek, visit the historic farming area on Jack's Hill, or traverse the dry ridges on the east side of Sweetwater Creek. This hike was a partial redo of a previous hike of mine at Sweetwater Creek State Park. This hike occurred on August 29th, 2015. My plan was to hike the Red Trail to its southern terminus and then follow the White Trail over Jack's Hill and back to the trailhead.
Nantahala National Forest: Snowbird Creek Trail, Sassafras Creek Trail, and Burntrock Ridge Trail Loop, Robbinsville, North Carolina
Deep in the Cheoah Ranger District of Nantahala National Forest flows a pristine wilderness waterway, Snowbird Creek. Snowbird Creek, encompassed by the large Snowbird Backcountry Area, is one of the more remote regions in western North Carolina, where trails can be overgrown streamside paths and where the junctions often go unsigned. Snowbird Creek and its tributaries sport numerous waterfalls, even some large ones - on this hike you'll get to see as many as four sizable waterfalls. It's no walk in the park to get as far as Upper Falls though - be prepared to traverse faint, steep paths on Burntrock Ridge and along Snowbird Creek. This hike occurred on Saturday, August 15th, 2015. My plan was to hike the Snowbird Creek Trail to the Sassafras Creek Trail, and then take Sassafras Creek Trail upstream along Sassafras Creek past Sassafras Creek Trail. Next, I would take the Burntrock Ridge Trail over Burntrock Ridge, ending up again on the Snowbird Creek Trail. I would take the Snowbird Creek Trail upstream to Upper Falls and then downstream to Middle Falls, Big Falls, and back to the trailhead.
Year 1: 540.0 Miles
Year 2: 552.3 Miles
Year 3: 518.4 Miles
Year 4: 434.5 Miles