Mile High Hiking

Haywood County, our home, is blessed with many spectacular hiking areas.  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The Blue Ridge Parkway.  And the Pisgah National Forest.  Yesterday, we went to the Black Balsam Area of Pisgah National Forest for a day of hiking.

The most famous mountain in the Black Balsam Area is Cold Mountain, made famous by Charles Frazier’s novel and the subsequent movie (which was actually filmed in Romania).  When the movie was released, we remembering explaining to many a disappointed tourist that there is no town of Cold Mountain and, importantly, there is no easy way to get to Cold Mountain except via a couple of days of rugged hiking.

Our destination for the day, however, was along a different trail in the area – a portion of the Mountains to Sea Trail.  The mile high hiking trail runs along the ridge tops of the Great Balsam Mountains, giving us cool weather and spectacular views.


Qannik enjoying the cool breezes during a hiking break.


Kiska absorbing the views.

Typhoon and Frankie

Typhoon and Frankie catching their breath.


Queen Natasha taking a break.

Cheoah and Typhoon

Cheoah and Typhoon resting on the trail.



  1. Rebekah on May 27, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Gorgeous photos.

  2. Sam on May 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I think the pups are up to the challenge… So beautiful!

    Monty and Harlow

  3. jansfunnyfarm on May 27, 2014 at 10:49 am

    What a beautiful place to hike. You must have had a great day.

  4. Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady on May 27, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Wow! Gorgeous photos!!!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  5. houndstooth on May 27, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I have severe hiking envy! The stars just didn’t align for it this weekend. I hope you enjoyed the view some for us!

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