Gorges State Park, Gorgeous Way to Reconnect With Nature

Gorges State Park is about an hour and 20 min from us (about 60 miles) and is part of the Southern Loop Day Trip we made up for our guests. The day trip to the park from Waynesville is a great … Continue reading

Connecting to Nature and DuPont State Forest

After driving about 47 miles from the Inn I connected with DuPont State Forest. This 10,000 acre state forest has over 90 miles of hiking trails. I chose the 3 mile roundtrip hike which takes you to 3 waterfalls, Hooker Falls, Triple … Continue reading

At 5086 Feet Purchase Knob Connects You To Nature & History

  Purchase Knob is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is about thirteen miles from the Inn. It took me about thirty minutes to get there and the hiking time is about one and a half to two hours. The hike starts on … Continue reading

Reconnecting with Nature at Eastatoe Falls

About 50 miles from the Windover Inn I connected with Eastatoe Falls. After one of the guests mentioned its beauty I decided to check it out. The drive was about an hour and a half  going through Pisgah National Forest … Continue reading

A Snippet of North Carolina’s Mountain-to-Sea Trail

We don’t get out much during the busy season between Labor Day and Veteran’s Day, so it was a real treat to finally find ourselves with the time to take a short hike on a small, relatively unknown part of … Continue reading

Blue Ridge Parkway Winter Hikes – Part 2

In keeping with our mission to locate and hike as many (easy to moderate, thank you!) trails as possible again this winter, we hit the road last week and found another great trail, or should I say many great trails! Our theme here … Continue reading

Graveyard Fields Along The Blue Ridge Parkway

It’s that time of year again, and we’re off to explore the beautiful vistas here in Western North Carolina. Winter hikes work out better for us since we’re not as busy at this time of year. The timing might be involuntary, but … Continue reading

Stairway to Heaven, Part 2

As long as the weather cooperates, our goal is to take one hike a week during our slower season.  So yesterday, we worked in another hike in the Pisgah National Forest about an hour from the inn. Like we said before, each trail we’ve hiked has been … Continue reading

Stairway to Heaven

  Sam Knob Flat Laurel Creek   Many people might not realize it, but winter hikes are just as much fun here as hiking any other time of year. The trails are the same, maybe a bit easier due to less vegetation getting in the … Continue reading