Gold deposits, many of us assume, are found in the Rocky Mountains or Sierra Range, not along the Eastern Seaboard. But there was a time when gold fever reigned along the Chesapeake and Ohio towpath.
Trails I've Hiked
High among the pinnacles of Mt. Whitney’s sheer western face, we hiked upward with measured breath and watched from our shifting, precarious vantage as the sun’s first light peeled back the long gown of night, revealing the contours of so many miles we’d recently walked, cragged mountain faces and clear sky aglow in lakes like mirrors, far below.
You hear it long before you see it, and once you see it, you understand why Alberta Falls casts such a presence in Rocky Mountain National Park.
A few hours spent enjoying the Cub Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park shows off both the calamity of careless campers, and the rebirth of a landscape.
While Bear Lake is a potent draw at Rocky Mountain National Park, and justifiably so, there lies a trio of watery delights beyond this attraction that are more than worthy of your attention...before visiting Bear Lake.
It's only a mile roundtrip, and the trailhead is easy to reach, but it almost surely is the highest elevation hike most folks will do in their lives, topping out at over 12,000 feet -- if you climb atop a rock outcrop.
It's summer, shade is not something you find in abundance at Petrified Forest National Park, and you don't want to head out on a long hike with the mercury peaking above 100 degrees. So where do you go? To the Giant Logs Trail.
Dinosaur tracks millions of years old can be tough to discern from ripples in sandstone, so it seems only natural to ask how to tell the real thing from fickle currents in the floor of Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park.
The landslide on Newfound Gap Road (US 441) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has closed the North Carolina side of the road indefinitely. This is the time to explore other entrances into the park to find good winter hikes.
The Old Settlers Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a quiet, solitary experience. The trail is full of historic artifacts and is perfect for a winter ramble, even if there's not much winter in the southern Appalachians this year.