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Backpacker Magazine – May 2009

America's Best Day Hikes: South

Take is stunning rivers and waterfalls, killer views, and amazing wildlife in Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Texas with these hikes.

by: Alistair Wearmouth

Rhododendron Trail (Diane Johnson)
Rhododendron Trail (Diane Johnson)

 

 

PLUS
Seven Hollows Trail, AR

More Southwest than South, this 4.5-mile loop in Petit Jean State Park features sandstone arches.
Info petitjeanstatepark.com

Turkey Creek Trail, TX
Big Thicket National Preserve has been called "America's Ark" for the biodiversity of its swamp/forest/plains melange. This 15-mile hike samples it all (start near Warren on FM 1943, head south). Info nps.gov/bith




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Natasha708@aol.com
Jun 11, 2012

I am looking for Ron Grimm from WV. Is that you that posted?

chuck
Oct 07, 2011

Sigh!!! I have to wonder about the accuracy of the BP magizine itself w/ all of these problems lately.

chuck
Oct 07, 2011

Sigh!!! I have to wonder about the accuracy of the BP magizine itself w/ all of these problems lately.

Ben
Sep 01, 2011

My wife and I have hiked the entire Chattooga River over a period of about 5 years. Some parts we have covered numerous times. The best trails, and most continuous, are on the SC side up into NC. Our favorite stretches are from SC 28 to Ellicotts Rock, the stretch from the gravel Bullpen Road (NC) to the river's birth at Whiteside Cove, and the trail from the Fish Hatchery along the East Fork to its intersection with the Chattooga. We have backpacked in 7 national parks out West, and the Chattooga remains near the top of our favorites list. Shhh, let's keep it on the down low.

ron grimm
Feb 17, 2011

Tallulah Gorge is in Georgia, not South Carolina. Phone number appears correct.

Also Chattooga River Trail is in both South Carolina and Georgia. Chattooga River is boundary between the two states; a portion of the trail is on the west bank Georgia, and a portion on the east bank South Carolina.

lsbeth
Jul 20, 2009

With all the beautiful trails in north Georgia, you pick 2 of the busiest. Even worse, you don't give the correct state.

GAHiker
Jun 29, 2009

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tallulah_Gorge

GAHiker
Jun 29, 2009

Tallulah Gorge is in Georgia! NOT SC.

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