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#1 highwayfl

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 10:43 AM

have decided to escape the hard Florida summer months next year, 2015, in a place closer to home-the Appalachian Mountains. Generally I have wandered much further away but this year I have decided to see what was closer to me in Florida. So, can anyone suggest their favorite places around, in, or on the southern Appalachian Mountains? I have walked along the ridges of those mountains hiking the Appalachian Trail from Amicalola Falls in north Georgia but have never taken my Casita there and I am looking forward to the experience next summer. I am in the planning process now and would be most interested to learn from you what your favorite places are. It would most certainly make my stay much easier.

I suppose any suggestions for the mountains for places to stay, things to see or events to attend this coming summer would be most welcome and appreciated.


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 02:36 AM

this past summer (august) i sought refuge from the heat and humility of sc on the blue ridge parkway and skyline drive.  i've been there often and have never found a bad campground along those two roads.  all of them are federal facilities and the geezer rates apply.  traveling thru those mountains at thirty five mph with no trucks and no billboards is a delight.

 

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#3 Southern Comfort

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 05:58 AM

You mention months so I assume you are intrested in extended stay so I will note 2 private campgrounds that are very nice. both are in N.C. 1. Moonshine Creek right off 23/74 between Wanyesville and Cherokee. Very easy access to Blueridge Parkway. I don't care for the casino but they do have some good shows from time to time. Good fishing on the reservation with a permit. Campsites right on the creek. 2. Black Forest on 76 south of Brevard. It has a very nice and large heated pool. Close to Dupont Forest [nice waterfalls where Last of the Mohicans was filmed] and Pisgah National Forest. Both of these places have elevation to keep them a little cooler in summer. Table Rock state Park is close to Black Forest but, it is at the bottom of the cliff. [Cesar Head] and is much warmer. Dupont Forest is a meca for mountain bikers.



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Posted 08 November 2014 - 07:00 AM

In addition to all the beautiful campgrounds along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in the Smoky Mountains NP or Shenandoah NP in Virginia, there are many campgrounds which facilitate nice extended day hiking.  Here are a few:

 

http://campmilehigh.com/  

Drop dead gorgeous views of the Smokies

 

http://cfaia.org/lak...north-carolina/

This is a great campground for spending time in Asheville, NC which is full of craft breweries, restaurants and music venues.

 

http://cfaia.org/dav...north-carolina/

Offers exceptional hiking opportunites with waterfalls and forest service history.

 

You could drive the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway exiting at various points along the way and have a wonderful, fairly inexpensive trip.  Enjoy!



#5 jimiller5

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 08:14 PM

Roan Mountain State Park in Carter County TN is very nice. The Doe River (fine trout fishing) runs through the campground. The 3rd weekend in June hosts the Rododendron Festival where the entire mountain top is covered with blooming rhododendrons.

http://tnstateparks....t/roan-mountain

#6 highwayfl

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 03:09 AM

Very good suggestiions all; thank you very much!

 

I guess I never really realized just how many interesting places there were to see and things to do almost in my own back yard (from Florida), thinking I had to wander far out west for my interesting trips, spending all that time and money for gasoline just to get there..  Well, it would appear I was wrong. I keep adding each of your suggestions to a word list so I can later correlate the suggestions, group them by area and so better plan my stops as I wander around the Appalachians next summer. I should leave sometime in June, 2015, and stay up there at elevations sufficient to escape much of the heat and humidity of our Florida summer and remain there till fall to watch the leaves change from green to their firey, brilliant, autumn hues of reds and yellows.

 

I never even knew there was so much trout fishing in those mountain streams. I did see some a few years ago when I waded across streams while hiking the Appalachian Trail but didn't know they were as prevalent as these suggestions indicate, and I really do enjoy fishing. I had also forgotten about all those trails that came up from below to join with the AT as I hiked along it and passed them without giving them much more than just a cursory  glance. Now I get to hike some of those, too,  and sleep the evenings snug in a bed while camped comfortably below in my Casita, instead of my Hennessey hammock strung between two trees in the forest, covered only with a tiny tarp.

 

Its going to be an interesting summer, thanks to all, and no where near as expensive as I early thought!


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