The Best Things to Do in DuPont State Forest, NC

Hiking to Triple Falls in DuPont State Forest

The DuPont State Recreation Forest, more commonly known as DuPont State Forest or just DuPont Forest, offers 12,000+ acres of blow-your-mind beautiful wilderness in the North Carolina mountains. The natural scenery here is so remarkable that several movies— including The Hunger Games and The Last of the Mohicans—have used the forest as a film location. Tucked away … Read more

Cloudland Canyon State Park Cabins Review (Rising Fawn, GA)

Foggy morning at Cloudland Canyon State Park Cabins

[Updated on 7/20/21] I can remember my first visit to northwest Georgia’s Cloudland Canyon State Park like it was yesterday, despite the fact that it was nearly 27 years ago. That trip was the first time I went camping with my family as an adult, nearly 20 years after we hiked the Georgia section of … Read more

The 20 Best Pisgah National Forest Hiking Trails in North Carolina

Pisgah National Forest Hiking Trails

If you enjoy getting deep into the forest, exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, and looking up as gorgeous waterfalls cascade down, then Pisgah National Forest is going to be a winner. Encompassing over 500,000 acres in Western North Carolina, Pisgah Forest offers lots of room to roam. Its hundreds of miles of trails provide an ample … Read more

Goats On The Roof: Family Friendly Fun Near Clayton GA

Remote Feeding a Goat at Goats on the Roof in Tiger GA

Although I’ve been exploring the North Georgia State Parks, waterfalls, and hiking trails near Blue Ridge and Helen since I was a boy, for some reason the town of Clayton never really popped up on my family’s radar. It wasn’t until late 2020 that we finally explored northeast Georgia’s Rabun County in depth, and we were … Read more

The 15 Best Western North Carolina Mountains For Hiking

RV on Blue Ridge Parkway at Grandfather Mountain NC

North Carolina is home to the five highest mountains east of the Mississippi: Mt. Mitchell, Clingman’s Dome, Mt. Guyot, Richland Balsam, and Potato Knob. In fact, over half of the tallest 20 mountains in the eastern US are in Western North Carolina! And we aren’t talking run-of-the-mill mountains here. These are the Appalachians, replete with … Read more

Things to Do in Black Rock Mountain State Park Near Clayton GA

Clayton GA seen from Black Rock Mountain State Park Visitor Center

[Updated on 7/16/21] From Amicalola Falls and Red Top Mountain to Unicoi and Vogel, we’ve explored quite a few of the state parks in Georgia in the 12 years we’ve been traveling together. But our trip to Black Rock Mountain State Park last September firmly established the 1743-acre park near Clayton GA as our favorite. … Read more

How to Get to Crabtree Falls Near Little Switzerland NC 

Crabtree Falls NC

[Updated August 12, 2021] The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited national park unit in the USA, attracting more than 15 million visitors each year. It’s far more than just a beautiful scenic roadway, encompassing nearly 500 miles in NC and VA and protecting wilderness areas extending far beyond the road’s shoulders. Within these protected … Read more

Visiting Historic Engadine Inn and Cabins Near Asheville NC

Sunrise at Engadine Inn & Cabins Near Asheville NC

[Updated July 27, 2021] With only one or two Blue Ridge Parkway hotels in North Carolina, it’s not easy to find accommodations along the world-famous route during the peak season in Autumn. We wanted to bring our furry friends (Boo-Boo and Huckleberry) along for the ride when we visited in October, so instead we searched … Read more

Exploring The Chattahoochee Nature Center on the Chattahoochee River

Chattahoochee Nature Center's Kingfisher Pond Reflection

Growing up in the heart of Atlanta in the 1970s, nature was something we really only saw on school field trips. Whether it was the Atlanta Zoo, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, or Stone Mountain Park, these magical places offered a taste of peace and serenity we rarely experienced in the city. The first time our … Read more

The 13 Best Restaurants in Blue Ridge GA

Exterior of Black Sheep Restaurant in Blue Ridge, Georgia

[Updated October 26, 2021] During our 2009 visit to Blue Ridge, Georgia, restaurants were not really among the small town’s major selling points. Sure, there were a few decent places to eat in Blue Ridge back then, but none were especially worthy of note. The only one I remember fondly– a New Orleans eatery on … Read more