Autumn is the perfect time to hike in the South. Not too hot. Not too many violent thunderstorms. Fewer bugs. Better scenery, especially as the fall foliage hits its stride, and better conditions for "leaf peeping." That's the art of walking, driving or hiking around looking at colorful leaves ... before winter strikes.
In May of 2014, the U.S. Forest Service unveiled a website for visitors of national forests in North Carolina that makes planning for fall foliage adventures as easy as stubbing your toe on a root.
NCtrails.org is a searchable web application that offers details on three popular trail systems in western North Carolina, along with up-to-date information on the region's forests.
The Browse Trails option offers info on trails in the Tsali (pronounced "SAH-lee") Recreation Area, in the Nantahala National Forest Cheoah Ranger District and the Jackrabbit Recreation Area in the Tusquitee Ranger District.
You'll be happy to know the site covers two large sections of the Appalachian Trail that pass through the Nantahala National Forest. We grateful for the work of the Forest Service's Southern Research Station and National Forests in North Carolina produced the web app in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Asheville National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center.
Finding the most spectacular spots for leaf peeping along the Appalachian Trail in Georgia (and elsewhere) is pretty simple too.
Leaf Watch 2014 is an app compiled by the Georgia state park folks. This guide to autumn glory offers weekly updates from 15 state parks, including Amicalola State Park (where the Appalachian Trail begins) and Vogel State Park (just below Blood Mountain) in the hills of northeast Georgia.
Can't get a date? Pffft. Your worries are over. Just walk up to somebody you're not immediately afraid of and say, "Hi! Wanna go leaf peeping?"
You'll never be lonely again. And you'll owe it all to leaf peeping!
Please Note: Some restrictions apply.
Tags: Appalachian Trail, News, and US Forest Service
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