These Boots Were Made For Hiking
And that’s just what they’ll do!
Here in western North Carolina, hiking is a huge part of life, and something we’re hugely passionate about. Easy access to hiking trails is one of the best parts about living in the area. So, for the uninitiated and experts alike, we’ve collected our favorite hiking tips, trails, and suppliers to help get you out into the area’s natural beauty.
First things first: you need to be properly outfitted! You don’t need much to enjoy hiking, but you’re definitely going to want your equipment you do bring to be tough enough to withstand the trail. Luckily, there are several top-notch local retailers you can grab all the gear you need from. In downtown Highlands, Bear Mountain Outfitters is a favorite of ours, as is Highland Hiker, with stores in both Highlands and Cashiers.
Out in nature, away from hospitals, phones, and other modern conveniences, safety precautions are super important. Here are our top tips to make sure you’re enjoying your hike safely:
- Scope it Out
Before you go, make sure you’ve familiarized yourself with the area. Check how secluded and far off the main roads you’ll be, and whether or not you can anticipate cell service.
- Plan for Parking
It’s also a good idea to check what parking is like at the trailhead. Depending on the route’s popularity, it can sometimes be best to arrive early in the morning to guarantee you’ll get a parking spot. If you’re hiking with friends and family, consider carpooling!
- Let People Know
Always share your hiking plans with friends and family! In the unlikely event that you get lost, they’ll be able to alert park rangers.
- Check the Weather
Check weather forecasts in advance of your hike, so you aren’t caught unawares. This also can impact what sort of gear you need to bring along with you.
- Bring the Right Gear
At the very least, we recommend hiking shoes, snacks, water and walking sticks. During the colder months, dress in layers to account for changing temperatures.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings
When you’re out enjoying nature, be mindful of local wildlife and keep an eye out for treacherous trail conditions.
Take a Hike!
Now that you’ve got everything you need and followed our safety tips, all that’s left is to hike! Here’s our top 3 Caliber-approved trails:
Whitewater Falls is a short, family friendly hike near the South Carolina border outside of Sapphire. The quick hike rewards adventurers with stunning views of the highest waterfall east of the Rockies.
Just northwest of Highlands, Dry Falls is another easy hike with access to waterfalls. It may not hold the title of highest waterfall on this side of the country, but the 65-foot waterfall is equally beautiful and impressive in its own right, and something you need to see in person to believe.
For the more experienced hiker looking for a rigorous hike and workout, Yellow Mountain shouldn’t be missed! The trail leads to the summit, where an old fire tower still stands, offering truly spectacular, knockout views as a reward for the strenuous climb.
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