NC – Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop

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Location: Glen Alpine, NC, in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area Length: 21.9 miles round-trip loop Difficulty Rating: Difficult Best For: A rugged and remote excursion into a beautiful wilderness area Dogs: Leashed Restrictions and Permits: A free camping permit is needed on … Read More

NC – Sam Knob Loop

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Location: Brevard, NC, in Pisgah National Forest Length: 9.8 miles round-trip loop Difficulty Rating: Intermediate Best For: A short loop with two overlooks and dispersed camping options Dogs: Leashed Restrictions and Permits: Dispersed camping allowed in designated areas only. At just shy … Read More

NC – Charlies Bunion Via Kephart Loop

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Location: Cherokee, NC, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Length: 14.4 miles round-trip loop Difficulty Rating: Intermediate/difficult Best For: A less-crowded route with a family-friendly option Dogs: No dogs Restrictions and Permits: Camping is permitted only at designated backcountry campsites and shelters. All … Read More

NC – Lemon Gap to Max Patch

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Location: Marshall, NC, in Pisgah National Forest Length: 10.6 miles out-and-back Difficulty Rating: Difficult Best For: A challenging route culminating in iconic views from Max Patch Dogs: Leashed Restrictions and Permits: Dispersed camping allowed in designated areas only. This overnight trip is … Read More

NC – Spence Field Loop

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Location: Robbinsville, NC, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Length: 13.7 miles round-trip loop Difficulty Rating: Intermediate/difficult Best For: A pleasant multiday trip incorporating a section of the Appalachian Trail Dogs: No dogs Restrictions and Permits: Camping is only permitted at designated … Read More

NC – Mt Le Conte Loop

Location: Bryson City, NC, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Length: 16.0 miles round-trip loop Difficulty Rating: Intermediate/difficult Best For: A one-night trip on a wooded loop with streams and waterfalls Dogs: No dogs Restrictions and Permits: Camping is only permitted at … Read More

Canada – National and Provincial Parks

Excellent complex of national parks and provincial parks National Parks https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np For example: Ontario Provincial Parks http://www.ontarioparks.com/en For example: Woodland Caribou Provincial Park https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/woodlandcaribou For example: Quetico Provincial Park https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/quetico Also, note many outfitters and lodges not associated with parks … Read More

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