View Full Version : NC non Smokies weekend camping?

11-03-2016, 13:34
Hi all,

What are the must see spots done via backpacking or car camping?

I have heard lots about Art Loeb, Shining Rock, Black Balsam, Max Patch....trying to come up with a route that hits a few great spots, 1-2nights. Im in Atlanta.

Thank you

11-03-2016, 14:04
slickrock creek............
little and big hump.........
grassy ridge and jane's bald......
snowbird creek and its waterfalls.........

11-03-2016, 14:25
Beauty Spot ....little hump , big hump...Roan Mtn.
Car camping ---Mt.Mitchell Summit...via Black Mountain Campground.

11-03-2016, 17:49
Cool. What about near Asheville?

11-03-2016, 18:35
If you're near asheville---shining rock or little/big hump...

11-03-2016, 18:40
Cool. What about near Asheville?

Black Mountain Campground is 45 miles, 1 hours drive east via I-40 and US 70.

Roan Highlands 50 minutes drive away north on I-26 .

11-03-2016, 19:11
I second Roan Mountain area. Absolutely beautiful. Check out Mountain Harbour B&B for shuttle/hostel service. They are known to have the best breakfast on the AT. Here's my brief trip report from Roan Highlands hike Memorial Day. There's a link to photo gallery... http://hikingbob.blogspot.com/2016/05/roan-highlands-indian-grave-to-19e.html

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11-03-2016, 23:42
South Mountains State Park is only 64 mi from Charlotte and is really nice. Car camping and backcountry too, IIRC. It might be NC's largest state park.

Dan Roper
11-04-2016, 04:44
Graveyard Fields, off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 418 just south of Asheville, is spectacular high-altitude terrain with 6,000-foot peaks and plenty of waterfalls.

11-12-2016, 13:25
Just cancelled Smokies trip this weekend due to smoke/forest fires. So....time to come up with something new for during the week for next weekend or maybe even starting tomorrow.

Would love some epic route suggestions; I like to do the must do spots that are amazing for sure. (Some suggestions can be obscure and based on particular taste). I like to do loops/trails that are known to blow your mind on terms of views, scenery etc

2 nights driving from ATL, drive in and start hiking 11am on 1st day, not on AT or just partially, in NC. Shelters a plus. Art Loeb looks amazing but needs more than 2 nights and a bear canister?

I have done already Standing Indian Loop and 2 AT weekend trips in GA.

Thank you

11-12-2016, 14:58
Fwiw----the national park does not (at least to my knowledge ) have any fires in it.....

every other forest does though...

11-13-2016, 12:11