Daina, Mike Sophie (dog) and I
SC and NC temps are soaring into the upper 90’s! I wanted to hike but wanted to find a cooler spot.
The choice was between MT Mitchell and Grayson Highlands. I have been to Grayson Highlands twice and it’s just magical. I decided since Daina was going we would go there. It’s 3 hours up I-77 and it’s Friday morning. 😬 turns out traffic wasn’t to bad. We got there around 11am and it was 72•💃💃 happy dance!
We started at the Massey Gap trailhead (where ponies hang) didn’t see any. Followed the AT south toward where MT Rogers begins and ponies hang. Didn’t see any! Then went the AT south to Wilburn Ridge and took the spur trail to the back packers lot. Still no ponies! 🤔 We have seen their droppings all day and figure they must be in front of us. We saw 2 men on horse back. He said how ya doing? I said haven’t seen a horse all day except yours. He said they were up at Massey Gap. So we followed the trail up there and …………….. no ponies!
We turned around to head back down to the car and a pony family was coming up the trail! One particular pony was so friendly he bumped right into me. There was a mom and her baby and a pregnant mare.
Well day complete. I wasn’t leaving without showing them some ponies! We hopped in the car and headed back out. I decided if we came this far we would head to Backbone Rock on the other side of Damascus. We drove the 30 miles through Damascus in a slow windy road with nothing on it.
In Damascus I didn’t see any through hikers. We did see lots of people riding the Creeper Trail. I think I would like to come back one day and do it. We had time today but we had the dog. 😢
Backbone rock was in Tennessee just past Damascus. It was really cool. There is a set of stairs on either side and you can walk up one side, across the top and down the other.
Then back through Damascus and take 81 to 421 and right through Boone NC and Blowing Rock.
Just after Bowing Rock we turned on Waterfall Road to see Silvervale Falls. It was right on the road and had Graffiti on it. 🤬🤬
Then back home. 350 miles round trip.