Gatlinburg

The Barefoot Hiker Survives Franklin, the NOC, Fontana Dam

The Barefoot Hiker Survives Franklin, the NOC, Fontana Dam

Laundry and a Six-Pack of Franklin Brewery at Nantahala Outdoor Center Fontana Lake and Views from the Hilton were unparalleled. How could I not stay? Trail Angel Keeks at the...

Apr 18, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 2

The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 2

Leaving Franklin We got one last round of pancakes and bacon before checking out and heading to Haven's Budget Inn to get a shuttle back to the trail. Mr. Ron...

Apr 16, 2017 : Stubbs
The Beer Drinker’s Guide to the Appalachian Trail [North Carolina/Tennessee Edition]

The Beer Drinker’s Guide to the Appalachian Trail [North Carolina/Tennessee Edition]

Some may say doing a thru hike is like being on a very long vacation, but after a few days in the woods and as you’re approaching town, it can...

Sep 20, 2016 : Stubbs
Weeks 2-3 : Hiawassee to Gatlinburg

Weeks 2-3 : Hiawassee to Gatlinburg

Let's get real for a minute here; hiking is hard! I have an ongoing bargaining conversation with my feet that goes something like this: Me: Ok, come on guys, we're...

Mar 16, 2016 : Victoria Ketteringham
Smokey Mountain Breakdown: Part II

Smokey Mountain Breakdown: Part II

After a 3x5 foot sketch of Christ and a stack of biblical literature greeted us at the front desk, The Grand Prix Motel became our home for the night. Gatlinburg, we learned,...

Apr 19, 2015 : David
Smokey Mountain Breakdown: Part I

Smokey Mountain Breakdown: Part I

Temperatures were dropping, rain chances increasing, and our elevation would be going drastically up. Day 19 was an ominous morning. Many hikers were planning to wait out the bad weather...

Apr 12, 2015 : David
One Month In

One Month In

Hello! Things are still going well out here! I'm currently in Erwin TN, about 340 miles into the trail. Since I last posted I hiked through the Smokies,  experienced the wonders...

Apr 23, 2014 : Ellie B.