Friday, June 5, 2009

Hiking Hemphill Bald Loop In the Smokies

The wonderful thing about Western North Carolina is that you are never without something to do. There are so many hikes to take in the area, we really don't know where to start. Recently, we had some guests who were going to hike Hemphill Bald Loop. This is a hike I've been wanting to do. It's a strenuous 13.7 miles round trip and takes about 7-8 hours to complete it. They insisted that we hike with them, how could we not fulfill a request from one of our guests? We were definitely going to need some fuel for this hike, so I immediately went into the kitchen and prepared a picnic lunch for 4. As soon as breakfast was over we put on our hiking gear, packed up our picnic and grabbed our backpacks. Off we went to start our adventure at Polls Gap, off the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 40 minutes from Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast. The hike was amazing and the climb went from 3370 feet to 5540 feet, a bit of a climb. What a view. There is a great lunch spot in a grassy area with a stone table and stone benches. We could clearly see Mt. Pisgah and Cold Mountain from that area. The mountain laurels and rhodendrons were in full bloom all the way up, the trees were huge and then... you walk into a meadow like setting and feel like you are on top of the world...because you are!

Rachel
Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper

1 comment:

  1. The stone table reminds me of that Narnia film

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