“The Mountains are calling and I must go.” John Muir
Total Miles Hiked
Fun Level (1-10)
Hiking Roan Mountain was one of the most awe-inspiring hikes we have been on thus far. This feeling of awe stuck with us the entire time as we walked along the bald mountain tops. Since we started hiking more often back in June we have seen our fair share of mountain views, lakes, waterfalls, and interesting trails. Roan mountain was unmistakably our favorite yet.
God’s creation is such a beautiful and incredible thing to behold. We each stopped several times to marvel at the views of North Carolina on one side and Tennessee on the other. Before we even got to the balds we journeyed through what felt like the magical forest of some movie. It was so eerily picturesque that I thought we may actually be interrupting some film!
Getting there from Asheville only took about 1.5 hours, but the trip up the mountain just about wore out the Corolla. Oh well, the more hikes we do the more strain on the car which hopefully will mean a new Jeep for me! 🙂 Anyways, directions were pretty straight forward as Google Maps brought us right to the parking area at Carver’s Gap no problems.
The Appalachian trail was clearly marked throughout, and we had no problems finding our way around. This was so refreshing after all of the hikes which haven’t been favorable in this regard. Clearly marked trails and signs shouldn’t really feel like a blessing, but man is it nice to have!
We did hike about 9 miles after seeing Round Bald, Jane Bald and the Grassy Ridge Bald. The sign for Jane Bald read “Jane Is Bald” and Miranda and I got a kick out of that. We also continued on the AT for a time, until it started to get a little too hilly. We turned around and actually raced back up to the top where the trail heads for the AT and Grassy Ridge Bald met. At times we both enjoy a little competition and a solid workout to boot!
The day was extremely enjoyable, and I would not be surprised if we found our way back there soon.