Hiking in North Carolina
Personally I try to walk at least 10,000 steps per day, though my minimum goal is 6,000 steps. While staying in the Sapphire, North Carolina I had the opportunity of several days of hiking mountains trails at a variety of parks both state and federal.
Starting with Gorges State Park, the park is set in the midst of plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges. (no fees). You will find a welcome center that is worth a visit.
Offering rugged terrain that will challenge any outdoors enthusiast, visitors who traverse the steep, backwoods trails of Gorges State Park will be rewarded with views of dazzling waterfalls or perhaps an encounter with one of the numerous rare species of the park.
On this trip we hiked to Rainbow Falls and on another day the Raymond Fisher campground trail. Round trip 1.5 miles for the campground trail and 3 miles round trip to the water falls at Rainbow Falls.
On another hike we visited Whiteside Mountain (parking fee of $2.00)
This excellent loop, designated a National Recreation Trail, climbs to the top of Whiteside Mountain, with its spectacular 700′ high cliff walls lofting the hiker for amazing views. Take a camera, as the cliff-top views are lined with beautiful mountain laurel which blooms in mid-June. See relics from the past, when Whiteside Mountain was a tourist attraction. You’ll pass through some pleasant woods along the way.
Last day of my trip I visited Whitewater Falls on the Whitewater River is the last river in the Jocassee Gorge area just before you reach South Carolina. The hike to the falls is moderate walk and can be completed in less than 30 minutes, well worth the hike. Check out the video below of the waterfall at Whitewater falls.
Hiking is a great way to get in your exercise and see mother nature at it’s finest.