10 Great Spring Hiking Destinations in the Southeast

first_imgWhat better way to explore the outdoors than to hit the trails? Adventure awaits in the woods, and with mother nature on the brink of showing off for Spring, there’s no better time than now to tug on the hiking shoes and get outside. Pack a picnic and bring the kids, or grab a friend and catch up as you trek the paths that relax your mind, refresh your soul, and take your breath away.1. Shining Rock Wilderness, North Carolina The Shining Rock Wilderness is the largest wilderness area in North Carolina. As part of the Pisgah National Forest, there are several diverse hiking trails to choose from. Two of the main access points are Art Loeb and Investor’s Gap (moderate and easy, respectively), which are both well-traveled trails, but have incredible views. The Art Loeb makes the ascent up the side of Cold Mountain where the Cold Mountain trail itself takes you all the way to the peak. It’s a strenuous hike – about 11 miles round-trip to the peak and back – but once you see the view from the top, you’ll be too amazed to feel tired.3867348585_f265a7cca3_oView from Cold Mountain in the Shining Rock Wilderness2. DeSoto State Park, Alabama One of the best places to go for a hike in Alabama is DeSoto State Park. The park is located on Lookout Mountain with gorgeous ridges, amazing waterfalls and a peaceful river. There are over 25 miles of hiking trails ranging anywhere from easy to expert. Take the DeSoto Scout Trail, a historic 16 mile trail with exits along the way. It follows along Little River all the way to Little River Canyon National Preserve, where you can find some of the most breathtaking waterfalls you’ve ever seen.  Don’t forget to bring the camera – you’ll kick yourself if you don’t.Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 2.42.11 PMDeSoto State Park Trail to Laurel Falls3. Smoky Mountains, TennesseeHow can you list places to go hiking in the Southeast without mentioning the Smoky Mountains? Whether you choose the North Carolina side or the Tennessee side, the Smokies won’t disappoint. To find a trailhead to Thunderhead Mountain and Rocky Top, follow the Abrams Creek out of the Cades Cove picnic area, and you’ll find the Anthony Creek Trail. Grassy meadows, fragrant flowers and azaleas bursting with color will accompany you on this trail. Make frequent stops along the trail to take in your surroundings, some of the most regal views in the entire Smoky Mountains.View near Thunderhead MountainView near Thunderhead Mountain4. Sipsey Wilderness, AlabamaFor a truly wild experience check out Alabama’s Sipsey Wilderness. It is part of the Bankhead National Forest and is a popular wilderness area for both hikers and backpackers. There are many trails to choose from for a day hike or multiple-day backpacking trip. The Sipsey features waterfalls, free-flowing creeks, scenic overlooks and a yellow poplar named Big Tree that has become a star attraction. At 150-feet tall and 25-feet around, Big Tree is the largest specimen of poplar in Alabama.5490540429_cfa531afa7_bCool creek waters at Sipsey Wilderness5. Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, VirginiaScott’s Run Nature Preserve is as unique as it is beautiful. Home to remarkable wildflowers such as Virginia Bluebells and sessile trillium as well as rare species of flowers (please don’t pick them!), you’ll find yourself slowing down so that you don’t miss the streaks of color, tiny blooms and impressive hardwood trees. Go in the spring after a fresh rain and witness nature’s wonders as the creeks are swollen and spilling over into clear waterfalls and brilliant mushrooms peek up from the soil. Although this is a popular place to visit among the locals, please leave only footprints behind, as this beautiful atmosphere is threatened by the pollution and destruction of visitors. Grab a trail map and see just how many fun discoveries you can make along the way.11001328633_63af4258e9_kGorgeous waterfall in Scott’s Run Nature Preserve6. Jones Gap State Park, South CarolinaGet lost (in a good way) in Jones Gap State Park, where you’ll find little waterfalls at nearly every turn. There are many miles of trails to explore and find adventure in the great outdoors. The park requires registration before using the trails, for the protection of both hikers and nature. Count the beautiful cascades as you go, and notice the blooming flora and scampering fauna as you enjoy the quiet serenity of mother nature.127882186_8403ad425c_bOne of many refreshing waterfalls at Jones Gap State Park7. Monongahela National Forest, West VirginiaThere are few places as gorgeous as the Monongahela National Forest. With elevation ranges from 1000 feet to 4863 feet above sea level and diverse patterns of precipitation, it’s no wonder that this national forest is considered one of the most ecologically diverse in the country. Anything from the Cranberry Glades Botanical area to the Falls of Hills Creek, this paradise has much to explore.Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 3.00.50 PMRaven Ridge Trail at Monongahela National Forest8. Grandfather Mountain, North CarolinaNorth Carolina is rich in beauty and nature. There are so many opportunities to experience the earth through hiking with rolling hills crawling with wildlife, grassy meadows covered in carpets of flowers, and mountains that will make you forget everything in life to absorb the moment. Grandfather Mountain is a landmark that encompasses all that makes North Carolina unique, with 11 diverse trails to choose from fit for a party of one, or the entire family.3845864216_bc083c6422_bScenic overlook from Grandfather Mountain9. Radnor Lake State Park, TennesseeNestled in Nashville, Tennessee is Radnor Lake State Park, more than 1300 acres of forests and trails perfect for getting away from the city and entering the serene peace of the outdoors. The Natural Area preserves the natural state of the woods with rare wildflowers such as blood root and majestic wild life such as the bald eagles. It is a popular place for Nashville area residents to retreat into the woods and hit the trails for a breath of fresh air and scenic views.5219448777_a2ff346bb6_bTiny chipmunk scampering through Radnor Lake State Park10. Stone Mountain, GeorgiaWhen I think hiking in Georgia, Stone Mountain is one of the first places that comes to mind. Although it’s a popular place to hit the trails, and for the most part isn’t strenuous, it’s still lots of fun. There are trails as short as ¾ mile, and as long as 5 miles. Each trail will provide a different experience of the park area, and trail maps are available to use as a guide. Although Stone Mountain itself as an attraction is highly commercialized, it is surrounded by natural getaways that will take you along side lakes, up to the top of the mountain for a panoramic scenic view, or even through a Nature Garden where you can enjoy colorful plants and flowers in all their spring glory.2463358302_30eeb1206b_bHiking Stone Mountainauthor-photoNatalie Cone is a freelance writer from Birmingham, Alabama. As a nature enthusiast and mother of two boys, she writes articles about all things outdoors and blogs about the mishaps of motherhood. Her fiction short stories have won three first-place contest awards, and have appeared in various magazine publications and anthologies. Natalie can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NatalieWrites, on Twitter @nataliecone and in a field of flowers at springtime.last_img read more

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Aussie Open: Nadal sacks emotional Kyrgios to hit  Quarterfinals

first_img Having pulled on his sensible tennis gear before walking out for the first point, Kyrgios played it relatively straight and had a real chance at 5-5 in the third set tiebreak, only to double fault with a 135mph second serve. After losing that 8-6 he again dug deep – especially for someone with suspect stamina – to come back from a break down in the fourth and force another, which he was to lose 7-4 before leaving to huge ovation. It was a match about emotions, and the great concentrator Nadal just about edged it, but only after a real fight. Kyrgios has won a lot of friends this month on Australia, but now the challenge will be to back this up for month upon month, something he has previously failed to do. His talent is, of course, not in question and never has been. This was the most anticipated contest of the tournament, given their fractious history that had seen the Australian win three matches out of seven, and both players were nervous at the start. Read AlsoDjokovic mourns Kobe Bryant,daughter Nadal served two double faults in his first service game, which Kyrgios could not take advantage of, and then settled down into his rhythm while his opponent made too many errors. Nadal will next battle Dominc Thiem who defeated Taylor Fritz. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Rafael Nadal continues his run at the ongoing Aussie Open edging out emotional Nick Kyrgios 6-3 3-6 7-6 7-6 Monday to set up a quarterfinal clash with Austrian Dominic Thiem on Wednesday. The sudden death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning hit Kyrgios so hard he merely managed to put himself together for the all-important tie against Nadal. The 24 year old who is current world number 26, walked on court with tears in his eyes and an LA Lakers No.8 on in memory of Kobe Bryant. Nick Kyrgios overcame emotions to give it his all but failed to overcome Nadal Nick Kyrgios then attempted to honour the memory of one of his basketball heroes with victory at the Australian Open, only to run into the wall that is Rafael Nadal. The much-hyped fourth round was again an impressive psychodrama that included a wealth of wonderful points, but as at Wimbledon the Spaniard came through with a four set win, progressing via the same scoreline, 6-3 3-6 7-6 7-6, in three hours and 38 minutes. Nick Kyrgios hit by sudden death of Kobe Bryantcenter_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets20 Historical Things You Won’t Believe Actually HappenedBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtBest Car Manufacturers In The Worldlast_img read more

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Molo road crash kills man

first_imgGlenn Yanger of Guimaras but temporarilyresides in the said village sustained head injuries. He died while beingtreated at the St. Paul’s Hospital, a police report showed. ILOILO City – The bicycle he was ridingcrashed against a jeepney in Barangay North Fundidor, Molo district. According to police investigation,Yanger was bound for the city. He tried to overtake another vehicle but ajeepney driven by Juan Bacinillo hit him. Bacinillo was arrested and now inthe lockup cell of the Molo police station. Charges of reckless imprudenceresulting to homicide will be filed against him./PN The incident happened around 6:40 a.m.on Monday.  last_img read more

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High school football roundup

first_imgJack Cyr carried the ball 24 times for 122 yards and a seven-yard touchdown that got things rolling for Bucksport in the second quarter.Hayden Craig had the big play of the game for the Golden Bucks, picking off a pass by John Bapst quarterback Spencer Baron at the goal line and racing 100 yards to the other end zone for a touchdown.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAsher Bowden capped the scoring for Bucksport in the third period with a one-yard touchdown plunge.Jackson Leonard’s three-yard touchdown run and extra point kick in the fourth period put the only points on the board for the Crusaders.Bowden finished with 43 yards on 12 carries and quarterback Matt Stewart completed five of 10 passes for 65 yards for Bucksport.Zach Chapman led the Golden Buck defense with six solo tackles, four assists and a sack, and Tyler Pye had six solo tackles and two assists.Madison 26, MDI 13Despite drives on offense that ignited hopes of turning things around, the Mount Desert Island Trojans couldn’t get past an energized Bulldog team in Madison Friday night.Madison went away on the upside of the 26-13 score.An MDI fumble on the first play of the game foreshadowed the ultimate outcome. The Trojan defense managed to stop the Bulldogs from converting that error into points, but MDI scrambled to catch up throughout.“It felt like the kids played really hard,” said MDI coach Mark Shields. “They didn’t let up. They battled all night long.”A second Madison touchdown as the clock expired on the first half put the Bulldogs ahead 13-0 going into the break.Things didn’t go so great for MDI in the third period with Madison recovering a MDI fumble in the end zone for six more points. The point-after kick was good to make the score 20-0.Madison players were no doubt motivated by their showing the week before. Although they scored 60 points, their opponent Belfast, scored 82. Some observers believe it was the highest total score in Maine high school sports history.When MDI lost to Belfast earlier this year, the Trojans only allowed them 36 points. Holding Madison to only 26 suggests a tightening defense.MDI was able to battle back against the Bulldogs, however, scoring on a one-yard run by Sandy Henggeler and a five-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Andrew Phelps, a freshman, to Isaiah Keene with just over three minutes left in the fourth period.Starting MDI quarterback Colby Candage was sidelined earlier in the week due to injury.“Our offense really didn’t click until the second half,” said coach Shields. “The turnovers hurt us.”Phelps was three-for-five in the air for a total of 46 yards. He had one touchdown pass and one interception.Most of the yardage logged by MDI came on the ground.Jalique Keene notched 67 yards on 13 carries. Taner Bickford was right behind at 61 yards on eight carries. Hennegler logged 32 yards on nine carries.MDI’s record on the season now stands at 2-4.Next up is an away game on Saturday afternoon at Waterville (5-0).“They are probably the second best team in the league, after Winslow,” said Shields.But despite Waterville’s formidable size and speed, MDI is looking forward to the challenge, the coach said. “We’ll be working hard in practice. We’ll be ready to take them on.”Mount View 53, Ellsworth 12The Ellsworth Eagles lost to the Mount View Mustangs 53-12 on Saturday in Thorndike.Ellsworth began the first quarter with a seven-minute drive that ended on Mount View’s 20-yard-line with a fumble. The Mustangs scored on their following drive.The Eagles concluded the first quarter down 6-0, the smallest deficit they’ve ever trailed by heading into the second quarter.“It kind of went downhill from there,” Ellsworth Coach Duane Crawford said. “We took a step back this week.”Ellsworth continued to fumble the ball in the second quarter, offering the Mustangs plenty of scoring opportunities. By halftime, Mount View led 34-0.But the Eagles did manage to get on the board in the second half. Connor Petros and Devin Wright each scored a rushing touchdown. On defense, Wright also had an interception.The Eagles will host Dexter at 7 p.m. on Friday. Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Bio Latest Posts Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Jack Cyr (5) of the Bucksport Golden Bucks picks up some of his 122 yards with a little help from teammates Lucas Ashmore, who takes down one John Bapst defender, and Tucker Boynton (59), who throws a block on another. Th e Golden Bucks downed the Crusaders 20-7 on Friday night.ELLSWORTH — The Bucksport Golden Bucks improved their record to 3-1 this week, keeping the ball mostly on the ground in a 20-7 win over the John Bapst Crusaders on Friday in Bangor. Fenceviewer Staff Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all)last_img read more

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Five-time winners Topp XX clash with debutants Coomacka tonight

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanFIVE-time, year-end football champions in the Kashif and Shanghai era, Topp XX, are seeking another such championship when they face lowly rated Coomacka from 21:00hrs at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground in the grand final tonight. The winners’ prize is $700 000 and the Most Valuable Player received a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, both compliments of Nigel Hinds Financial Services.Perhaps the most improbable result was the win by Coomacka over the number one-ranked club in the tournament this year, Net Rockers then the stunning victory when they took care of the second-ranked side Botofago to reach the final.However, the first game will be the third-place playoff game between Botofago who won the championship two years ago ,and they will be facing three-time champions Haynes and Lewis Winners Connection from 19:00hrs.The hot topic clearly is about Coomacka Mines team from south of Linden, with their followers donning their orange and blue colours, They could pull off a major title for the first time and it is also the first time that a team from the Mines area would have reached a semi-final, much less take home the bacon.Speaking to their coach Carlsdale Aaron, he said the pressure is not on his team but Topp XX whose reputation was in tatters these past few years.ToppXX Carlos GrantSuch a feat of carting off the $700 000 will do much to the playing of football in the Mines area of Linden. Speaking after their semi-final win, coach Aaron was quick to state: “We going back to the drawing board as from tomorrow.“We will sit down and sort out things, because we didn’t really play how we had trained but I hope that come this grand final we will give a better showing. We are going back to the drawing board.”He continued: “This team is trying to put everything into it and once they execute in the game as planned, no team can stop us.”He said the majority of their players are teenagers but with a few seniors around they can win this final. He said their goalkeeper was outstanding so far and that was demonstrated in the semifinal game with some brilliant saves.Aaron said the man between the uprights for them is Kellon ‘Cleansheet’ major and with the front-liners Lionel ‘Messi’ Peters, Keiron Daw, Kurston Thom and Wheatland Thom having a good tournament, Coomacka will be hard to beat this time.Troy ‘Boy Blue’ Nelson is a winner, having been on those Topp XX sides that won the year-end tournament five times and has been patient with this new era players. He offered this comment, “Well, as the coach, it is the support of the Almighty that inspires us to bring out this kind of performance because we haven’t been in this position for a very long time.”Looking back Nelson reminisced, “It’s like ten years, we always getting knockout in the quarter-finals or playing for third place.  But God is good. As the coach I decided to stick with my team through the bad patch and God has answered my prayers and I just need another win to finish the 2000 teens and go into 2020 as a champion. That is all I am asking the Father to bless me with.”He made the point that Travis Waterton, who has been the stabiliser of the Topp XX, has the experience and is now stationed in the back line. But Waterton has also shown the ability he has over the years in coming forward and in their last game did so effectively to get two goals like he used to when he was on the striking lineSince playing that well in defence with Ralph Alexander and Stephan Tappin and Ruel Williams, their captain Ryan Noel and Carlos Grant have been very effective in scheming and their front players Jamal Bentick and Shawn Daniels could be key players tonight.This makes this game one of great importance and from this will determine the way forward for football as the lesser teams have shown promise this time around.The opening game from 19:00hrs will be a rubber affair, as Botofago seek to maintain their ranking over Winners Connection, who would see this as a chance to edge ahead in the Upper Demerara region with a win.last_img read more

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PL Live WEEK 33 on Citi FM

first_imgLeicester breezed past bottom side Huddersfield to make it four Premier League wins on the bounce under Brendan Rodgers.Burnley secured a crucial three points on the road at Bournemouth to give Sean Dyche’s side some relegation breathing space.While Crystal Palace edged past Newcastle in a tight encounter at St James’ Park thanks to a late Luka Milivojevic penalty.BOURNEMOUTH 1-3 BURNLEYBurnley boosted their Premier League survival hopes with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.Goals from Chris Wood, Ashley Westwood and Ashley Barnes helped the Clarets turn the game around and move eight points clear of the relegation zone.Sean Dyche’s side had fallen behind in the fourth minute when striker Barnes diverted Jefferson Lerma’s flick from a free-kick into his own net.But Burnley soon responded with two goals in as many minutes.Wood netted his third goal in four games against Bournemouth in the 18th minute, heading in from close range after goalkeeper Asmir Begovic failed to claim a corner, before Westwood fired home.Barnes added the third 12 minutes into the second half with an easy finish after Begovic spilled Charlie Taylor’s cross into Wood’s path.HUDDERSFIELD 1-4 LEICESTER Jamie Vardy scored his seventh Premier League goal in six games as Leicester made it four straight wins with a 4-1 victory at relegated Huddersfield.The in-form England striker notched his 14th and 15th goals of the season at either end of the second half as the Foxes maintained their momentum under manager Brendan Rodgers.Youri Tielemans fired Leicester into a half-time lead and Vardy added their second before Huddersfield hit back through Aaron Mooy’s penalty.James Maddison’s brilliant free-kick and Vardy’s late penalty were cruel on Huddersfield, but indicative of the gulf in class.NEWCASTLE 0-1 CRYSTAL PALACESkipper Luka Milivojevic fired Crystal Palace to the brink of Premier League safety from the penalty spot as Newcastle were made to pay for missed chances.Milivojevic’s 81st-minute spot-kick sealed in 1-0 away win in a tight affair at St James’ Park on a day when victory for either side was likely to effectively end their fears of being dragged into the relegation battle.However, the Magpies’ leading scorer Salomon Rondon had earlier passed up a series of golden opportunities to put his side ahead in front of a crowd of 51,926, and the wait to secure their top-flight status goes on.The Magpies, who were bidding for a sixth straight home win in the league for the first time since the 2003-04 season, now have 35 points with five games remaining, while their opponents are four better off.last_img read more

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