A walk in the woods

Coontree Loop Trail in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest.

Yesterday we took a walk in the sun, hiking into the Shining Rock Wilderness above the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest.

At more than 5,000 feet of elevation, we were mostly above the tree line, and well above the fall colors that draw so many “leaf peekers” to North Carolina.

Today we lowered our sights a couple thousand feet or so and hiked the 3.7 mile Coontree Loop Trail. And it’s safe to say that the colors of autumn were all around us.

The trail signs indicate this is a “more difficult” trail. It’s a tough climb to the ridge line and an even tricker descent.

But, really, nothing that we toughened Shining Rock Orienteering Society old hands couldn’t take in, um, stride.

Without going into great detail I’m just gonna say the walk with worth the effort.

It was spectacular. A feast for the eyes.

Take a few hours and see for yourself. But better hurry. Winter is right around the corner.

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