The 15 Best Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Sunset at Hogpen Gap in Helen GA

Traversing 2,190+ miles in the Appalachian Mountains across 14 different states, 8 national forests, and 6 national parks, the Appalachian Trail is one of the most iconic and popular hiking trails in the world. Because of its incredible length, it typically takes adventurous thru-hikers 5 to 7 months to tackle the entire trail.  And while … Read more

The 10 Best Virginia State Parks in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Wild Horse at Grayson Highlands State Park in VA

My wife and I live in the northernmost part of Western North Carolina, less than 20 miles from the Virginia border. It’s a great place to be, providing easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and many of the best NC state parks and forests. Yet we are equally close to the best outdoor attractions … Read more

The 10 Hiking Essentials Packing List for the Blue Ridge Mountains

Hiking Essentials Packing List for Blue Ridge Mountain Trails

One of the more common questions people ask before exploring the great outdoors centers around what to bring on a hike. Whether you’re simply packing for a day hike or assembling a list of backpacking gear needed for a multi-day trek, it’s important to know about the 10 Hiking Essentials.  As defined by the U.S. National … Read more

15 Fun Activities Where You Can Experience Fall in Georgia

Fun Ways to Experience Fall in Georgia

You know it’s nearly fall in Georgia when the sweltering heat of summer gives way to a cool, crisp morning breeze, and you start swapping out bikinis and board shorts for boots and sweaters. And when the first maple leaves begin to transform, and suddenly everything becomes pumpkin-themed and flavored, you know fall is officially … Read more

Exploring the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke VA

If I’m being completely honest, visiting the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke VA, was not even on our itinerary. We literally hadn’t even considered going there during our 3-day trip. But, being fast hikers and busy bodies, my wife Emma and I had already managed to hike up and down McAfee Knob before noon. … Read more

The 15 Best Rental Cabins in Helen GA

Purpleaire cabin in Helen GA via VRBO

Helen GA is a relatively small mountain town, measuring just 2.17 square miles, with a population of around 600 people. Yet it attracts around 3 million annual travelers with its unique shops, delicious restaurants, intriguing roadside attractions, and quirky reputation as “Georgia’s Alpine Village.” The town is also home to Oktoberfest, the longest-running celebration of … Read more

The 10 Best Restaurants in Boone NC

Popular dishes at Red Onion Cafe in Boone NC

The North Carolina High Country (which includes popular towns like Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, and Boone) is home to an abundance of delicious eateries. Home to Appalachian State University, Boone is located approximately two hours north of Asheville. The hip mountain town offers an array of attractions for locals and visitors alike.  There are all sorts of art … Read more

Exploring Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site & Trails in Cartersville GA

Mound A at Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Cartersville GA, the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site is considered the most intact Mississippian culture site in the Southeastern US.  The prehistoric archaeological site contains one of the largest Indian mounds in North America. So it’s designated as a National Historic Landmark– one of just … Read more

Fall in North Carolina: 20 Great Places to See Fall Colors in Western NC

Autumn Leaves at the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway

[Updated September 18, 2021] Fall in the North Carolina mountains is particularly special because the autumn leaves are around for an extended amount of time. The vibrant fall colors almost seem to develop in shifts, gradually working their way down the sides of the Blue Ridge Mountains as seasonal temperatures begin to drop. Changes at … Read more

The 20 Best Easy Hiking Trails to Waterfalls in Georgia

Minnehaha Falls, Georgia

In our eyes, one of the highlights of hiking in the North Georgia Mountains is finding yourself at the base of an eye-popping waterfall. Thankfully, there are an abundance of breathtaking Georgia waterfalls to explore, from the 729-foot Amicalola Falls (the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi) to the stunningly beautiful Minnehaha Falls. You might think that … Read more