The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas
by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)
© 2010 Johnny Molloy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
While camping in Jones Gap Park (June 23-25) we experianced way to much rain to hike the trail so we returned the following weekend to camp and hike again. The trail has been wiped out just about 30 meters from the foot bridge that cross's over the river 1 mile in. The rains caused a part of the mountain to land slide vertually cutting the trail in two and tearing the bark off of hugh old growth tree's as they tumbled down into several piles. For now the rangers will let you hike up to the destruction but the trail is like I said cut in half. Have to say it was a spectacular site (both the river raising up 6' in the rain and the destruction along the trail). Most of the trail has also been washed of earth exposing a lot of rock so it is slightly harder then simple moderate at this point.
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