Favorite Hikes of 2018
Favorite Hikes of 2018

Everyone has a favorite hike. Some are popular because of the view or waterfall or because they're easy to get to. Sometimes a hike is just perfect and you can't explain why. It just is. It won't be next time, but this time, it's perfect. If you're interested in what my favorite hikes of this year were, here's a list of the one's I enjoyed the most at the time of hiking them.

Pinnacle Knob via Warwoman Dell Pinnacle Knob via Warwoman Dell
Pinnacle Knob via Warwoman Dell
Length8.6 mi Difficulty12.6 Georgia
This was a surprise for me. A relatively easy longer trail with two great waterfalls on the way, especially Martin Creek Falls. And the views at the top are amazing. Standing on the rocky overlook with the wind blowing in my face I really "felt" the view.
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Rabun Bald via Beegum Gap Rabun Bald via Beegum Gap
Rabun Bald via Beegum Gap
Length3.1 mi Difficulty6.1 Georgia
This was the perfect short day hike. I got to the observation deck just as a group was leaving. I had the summit all to myself for a good 20 minutes before heading back down. High winds cooled me while the sun warmed me up. It was perfect.
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Siler Bald via Winding Stair Gap Siler Bald via Winding Stair Gap
Siler Bald via Winding Stair Gap
Length8.7 mi Difficulty12.3 North Carolina
Initially disappointed that this was easier than I anticipated, this section of the Appalachian Trail to Siler Bald was an enjoyable hike on a cool early autumn day. And the 360-degree views at the top can't be beat.
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The Pinnacle and Blackrock Mountain The Pinnacle and Blackrock Mountain
The Pinnacle and Blackrock Mountain
Length10 mi Difficulty27.8 North Carolina
Two amazing views await you on this difficult hike. I can't say I miss the rocky path, but any and all complaints are quickly forgotten once you're looking out over some of the best views in the southeast.
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Blood Mountain via Bear Hair Gap Trail Blood Mountain via Bear Hair Gap Trail
Blood Mountain via Bear Hair Gap Trail
Length9.2 mi Difficulty16.1 Georgia
My new favorite way up Blood Mountain, this lollipop loop avoids the crowds of other trails. I enjoyed most of this hike in solitude, which was even nicer when the summit had at least 50 people coming and going.
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Turtletown Creek Falls Loop Turtletown Creek Falls Loop
Turtletown Creek Falls Loop
Length3.8 mi Difficulty5.6 Tennessee
Not enough people know about this excellent loop with two amazing waterfalls. The upper Turtletown Creek Falls is one of the most scenic in the southeast.
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Cowrock Mountain via Hogpen Gap Cowrock Mountain via Hogpen Gap
Cowrock Mountain via Hogpen Gap
Length3.3 mi Difficulty12 Georgia
The slightly longer route to Cowrock Mountain, this trail adds a strenuous short climb at the very end on the way back when you're legs are already jelly from coming down. Good times.
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Preachers Rock Preachers Rock
Preachers Rock
Length1.9 mi Difficulty4.4 Georgia
A short hike to an amazing view. Sometimes the simple hikes are best.
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Scaly Mountain via Osage Overlook Scaly Mountain via Osage Overlook
Scaly Mountain via Osage Overlook
Length3.6 mi Difficulty8.1 North Carolina
There is a shorter route to Scaly Mountain, but the Bartram Trail provides a tough climb making the view at the top all the more worthwhile.
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Rocky Mountain Loop Rocky Mountain Loop
Rocky Mountain Loop
Length5.1 mi Difficulty12.5 Georgia
If you're looking for a great view, there are better than this. But if you want to test out your trail legs, then the 1000 feet of elevation gain in the first 1.3 miles should do the trick.
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