Hike: Mountains to Sea Trail – Segment 5
Date: April 21st, 2018
Notes: We got an earlier start than usual and made it up to Raven Rocks Overlook bright and early on Saturday morning. As we passed several overlooks along the way we noticed many people were out and had their cameras set up for a morning sunrise. Raven Rocks was on the other side of the parkway away from the sunrise, so we were the only car there. We left a car and departed for a fairly short drive down the parkway to Julian Price Park. We left our car exactly where we parked it back in the Fall of 2016. It took about a mile to get to the MST, and we set off for a fun day hike.
And it was fun! Some of the most beautiful trail we’ve been on. Two of the highlights was hiking through the Boone Fork Trail area. There were a few creek crossings and river views. We climbed with the aid of wooden steps and got to see several cascades. Very beautiful and we had time to record these.
Another highlight was the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. After the rugged area of the Boone Fork Trail and the steady climb up up and up (500 feet in elevation in just under half a mile) we reached the top of the carriage trail system and began walking the Rich Mountain Trail. The trail or road or whatever was easy going and a gentle grade. The uphills did not seem like uphills and we made great time in this area. We took a break at the manor house and passing the carriage house. It was a great time for a break and we had a quick snack while people watching. Wanting to get some more miles in and not get too lazy, we got back up and continued down the road.
We crossed over US 221/321 on the Parkway, again a small and tight bridge made it scarier than it needed to be. After a few hours, we made it to the top of a small meadow looking down to Thunder Hill Overlook (BRP). The GPS said we were less than a mile, but looking down the path from the overlook I knew we had longer. A small bet about dinner with K we set off for the cars. Up and over and around the bend we made it back with about 4 hundredths of a mile over. My bet was safe and secure. We each bought our own dinner.
Dinner was enjoyed in Blowing Rock at the Speckled Trout. I highly recommend this as a dining destination whenever you are in the Blowing Rock area.
Total Miles: 16.29