Patreon August/September Featured Hikes – Zone 9 (Appalachians) & Zone 10 (New England & Atlantic Coast)

Zone 9

Appalachians (Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia)


Alligewi Rocks Trail

1.4 miles out & back; 527ft. elevation gain; Very Strenuous

Follow an old logging road up Chestnut Ridge to the Alligewi Rocks.  At the top, the views of Loyalhana Gorge are terrific.


Tour of Lake Roland

PC Karen Mallonee, all rights reserved

4.0 mile lollipop loop; 211ft. elevation gain; Moderate

There are many trail near Lake Roland, but this version combines several trail types for the best experience.  Forests, steep ridges, bridges, rick piles, boulders, and wildlife are a few of the attractions along the trail.

West Virginia

North Prong/Big Run Loop

PC Brad Wilson, all rights reserved

7.1 mile loop; 800ft. elevation gain; Moderate

Streams and meadows feature along the North Prong/Big Run Loop.  So while you might not get big views, chances are you’ll have the trail to yourself.


North River Gorge

PC benwyrick, all rights reserved

12.5 mile loop; 2,070ft. elevation gain; Moderately Strenuous

With rivers and big views, the North River Gorge is a fun and interesting hike.  It’s made more interesting with more than 9 river crossings – perfect for a summer hike, but don’t go after a heavy rain.

North Carolina

North Harper Creek Falls

PC James Lautzenheiser, some rights reserved

7.3 miles out & back; 1,200ft. elevation gain; Moderate

While Harper Creek Falls gets all the hype, North Harper Creek Falls is just as scenic – if not more so – with a fraction of the crowds.  If you want to explore beyond the falls, there are opportunities to do so, as well as several campsites along the route.

South Carolina

Opossum Creek Falls

PC Jackie White, all rights reserved

4.6 miles out & back; 839ft. elevation gain; Moderate

The trail to Opossum Creek Falls travels through the forest, past a beach on the Chattanooga River, and then to the pretty waterfall.  The creek must be forded, so be ready to get your feet wet.


Vickery Creek

PC Lee Coursey, some rights reserved

4.1 mile loop; 401ft. elevation gain; Moderate

The waterfall along Vickery Creek is actually a dam spillway, constructed to bring water power to two mills in the 1800s.  With views of the creek, a covered footbridge, and the remains of the mill buildings – which were burned by Union forces during the Civil War – the hike is sure to be interesting.

Zone 10

New England & Atlantic Coast (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware)


Bald Rock Mountain

PC Deanna Wrubleski, all rights reserved

3.4 mile lollipop loop; 832ft. elevation gain; Moderately Strenuous

Using several different trails, this route takes you up to the top – and back down – Bald Rock Mountain.  From the top, views are spectacular to the islands of Penobscot Bay.

New Hampshire

Mt. Crag

PC Sean Munson, some rights reserved

2.3 miles out & back; 640ft. elevation gain; Strenuous

A favorite for trail runners and day hikers alike, Mt. Crag is a little mountain with big views.  If you feel like hiking further, there aer several trails in the area which can be explored.


Mt. Ascutney via the Weathersfield Trail

PC Doug Kerr, some rights reserved

5.7 miles out & back; 2,263ft. elevation gain; Strenuous

The trail up Mt. Ascutney is anything but easy, but hikers agree that the view from the top is well worth the trek.  The waterfall and glider take-off along the way are highlights.


Noanet Peak & Powissett Peak

PC Josh Graciano, some rights reserved

6.2 mile loop; 497ft. elevation gain; Moderate

This double loop takes in the summits of both Noanet Peak and Powissett Peak.  There are plenty of variations to make the loop your own – from cutting it in half and hiking to only one peak to taking various other trails within the Noanet Woodlands and Hale Reservation.

Rhode Island

East Beach Loop

PC Coco, all rights reserved

2.3 mile loop; 18ft. elevation gain; Easy

There are many variations to the East Beach Loop, ranging from short strolls to much longer treks.  Enjoy ocean views, birds, local flora, and more along however long you decide to walk.

New Jersey

Cliff Park Loop

PC Michael Hoffman, all rights reserved

2.7 mile loop; 350ft. elevation gain; Moderate

The Cliff Park Loop is likely one of the most scenic in the area.  It visits a small pond, Hackers Falls, and Minisink Overlook along its nearly 3 miles.  For a longer, just as scenic version, try the Best of Cliff Park and Raymondskill Falls loop.


Woodlawn Trail

PC Annie Thorne, all rights reserved

4.5 mile lollipop loop; 547ft. elevation gain; Moderate

The Woodlawn Trail is more of an adventure than just following a trail.  The path zigzags through overgrown areas, vague paths, past multiple spurs, and sometimes skirts private property (always obey posted signs).  The good news?  You can hike this place multiple times and never take exactly the same route!

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