My love for natural landscape photography is what first got me outside. Now, I can hardly stay indoors. My sense of adventure has led me to travel all over the US (mostly in the SE), and also drove me to complete a ...

Favorite drive. Ever.

Driving from the Eastern Smokies back down to Atlanta along the Blue Ridge Parkway at the peak of fall was easily the most scenic and fun drive I have ever done. Between the gentle curves in the mountainside roads and the numerous lookout shoulders, I just could not get enough. A 3.5 hour drive easily turned into a 6 hour drive because we just kept stopping at every lookout. At one point I even said to myself, "OK, I am going to drive 20 minutes without stopping, so I can actually make some progress on this drive." Not more than two minutes later, I found myself pulled over at another lookout point, dumbfounded how each view seemed better than the last. This drive is just one of those pure joys in life, unless you get motion sickness...

Beautiful waterfalls on an easy trail

This trail is short and easy and has some really beautiful waterfalls. It is super accessible from Portland or Hood River as well. There are lots of waterfalls in the area, but this was one of the few waterfalls that stayed open after the most recent fires.

Top class day hike, killer views

One of the best, if not the best day hike in the entire Bolivian Cordillera. This hike is easily accessible from La Paz, where you will leave pretty early and get back around dinner time. The hike itself passes several waterfalls, brightly colored lagoons, and all of the beautiful peaks in the Condoriri range. I did this hike with my parents and although they did not make it all the way to the top, they did have a fantastic time. With that said, I would consider this an intermediate hike if the hike was at sea level. The 16,000+ feet of elevation and 2,000+ feet of elevation gain make this pretty tough for most people, even if you are properly acclimatized.

Very beautiful waterfall, short hike

This is an exceptionally beautiful cascading waterfall that is well worth the small amount of time it requires to walk to it. You can get to a viewing platform above the falls quite easily, but getting to the bottom of the falls is a bit steeper and more tricky. Well worth the view though

Decent trail, large and beautiful waterfalls

This section of the Foothills trail is nice, but is not anything particularly spectacular. The climbs and descents are pretty mild, which makes covering a lot of ground quite easy. You cannot get very close to either of the waterfalls, which is a bit of a bummer, but they are both very scenic. The trail is also in very good condition.

Beautiful accessible waterfall

If you are looking for a really impressive waterfall that is easy to get to and wont take up much of your time, this is it. The short walk is all paved or stairs. The end of the paved section even has a view of the waterfall, making it wheelchair accessible. The waterfall itself is very beautiful and grand, but as stated in some other reviews, you cant get all that close to it. For me, it was still cool to see, but I am not exactly itching to see it again.

My favorite hike in Capitol Reef NP

This hike is the perfect combination of length, difficulty, and scenery. There is a good little climb at the beginning of the hike which is not very hard, but it does get your blood pumping. The views once you get to the top are really spectacular, making this a great spot to catch a sunset. The back half of the hike is really nice too, traversing some neat boulder fields below massive sandstone cliffs.

Great backcountry options

I backcountry camped near the Strike Valley overlook by Upper Muley Twist Canyon and this was absolutely spectacular. I found several flat spots to pitch a tent, although there was not much protection from the howling wind. There are several parts of the park that are very open to backcountry camping, which is free and beautiful.

Pretty good hike, with some great views

This is a great hike that is in a very remote section of Capitol Reef NP. I did not see anyone else in the 2 days I spent in this part of the park in early March. The views of Stark Valley are really spectacular. The canyon itself is quite scenic, but maybe not the most picturesque part of the park. A great hike to 'get away'.

Great Sunset View

This is a great short trail with a magnificent sunset view that goes as far as the eye can see. The stone tower and stone wall are both very interesting as well. If you are interested in archaeology, the stone wall is a must-see, as its origins are still a mystery. Bring the family!

Great exercise, even better views

This hike quickly became one of my favorites in the SE. The distance is perfect for a half-day hike, but the elevation gain is big enough to really give you a great workout. This hike is definitely not easy, but there are not many super steep sections, so most people would be able to do the hike at their own pace. The waterfalls and creek at the beginning of the hike are very beautiful and often overlooked by the mission to get to the top of the mountain. Mid-hike, the trail passes by several really cool boulder fields. Some of the boulders here are as big as a house, so it is definitely cool to look at while you make your way up the mountain. The views from the top of Governors Rock and the Table Rock Overlooks are simply incredible. From both viewpoints, you have an unobstructed view for miles. This is due to the steep granite faces, which are a real luxury in terms of the views you can get out having so much clear space to have a picnic/snack and enjoy the view. The hike on the way down is fine, but the descent was pretty tough on my knees. Next time I am definitely bringing hiking poles.

Good quick hike with some cool views

This is a great hike that is pretty close to the city, so it can easily be done as a half-day adventure. The trail is short and easy enough to be doable by just about anyone, and there are some really fantastic views. The trailhead is also accessible in the winter, which is nice when so many trails are difficult to get to. I did the hike with my family in the winter and the majority of the trail was completely frozen, making navigating without spikes quite difficult. This is not a difficult trail, but it definitely helps to have the proper equipment! The waterfalls themselves are really pretty, but you cannot get as close as I would have liked.

Great family hike and pretty waterfall

This hike provides a spectacular way to get the family out in Olympic National Park. The short hike can be done fairly quickly and it is quite easy with minimal elevation gain. The beginning of the hike passes through beautiful lush forest, although the road runs parallel to the trail for about a quarter mile, so you are reminded that you are not so far into the woods every time a car passes by. The river crossing is very scenic, and would be a good place to set up a hammock and lounge for a bit. The waterfall itself is not the most imposing, but it is very aesthetic and charming. A narrow stream cascades to a ledge about a third of the way down the falls, which expands the flow of water down to the stream. There are viewpoints above and below the falls which are equally nice. I did the hike with my family in the winter and it was very nice, but also very icy so trekking poles and spikes would have been best.

Nice quiet hike

The hike to Tioga Falls is not the most scenic hike you will ever find, but it is quiet and charming. There are not too many crowds and the forest surrounding the trail is very nice. The trail is short enough to not pose any serious physical challenge, but also long enough to let your mind wander and let you feel like you are getting some exercise. The waterfall at the end is nice, but if water levels are low, the falls will be more of a trickle of water. Go after a good rainstorm and you will not be disappointed.

Incredibly scenic, equally as crowded

I was surprised at how accessible Dry Falls is. It was great to see small children and grandparents able to explore such beautiful scenery together. The combination of the beauty, accessibility, and proximity to Highlands definitely makes this a popular spot. I am all for more people exploring the outdoors and appreciating nature, but this was a bit much near the peak of Fall. I was lucky to quickly find a parking spot when I got there, but it took almost 15 minutes to get out of my spot when I left, as there was a gridlock of cars waiting to park getting in the way of cars waiting to get out. It was a mess. The waterfalls were so pretty though, I hardly even minded the madness. This is definitely a photographers waterfall, rather than a hikers waterfall. Don't go with the expectations of isolating yourself in nature, as this is not the waterfall for that.

Pretty waterfall, not-so-scenic trail

Panther Creek Falls is one of those waterfalls that is just so much bigger than it looks in photos, so I definitely recommend going to see it in person. The pool at the base of the falls also makes for a great refreshing swim. With that said, I do not plan on re-visiting this trail anytime soon. The trail was not very scenic for long sections, so the 7 miles seems to drag on forever on the return. There were also a ton of people on the trail and at the waterfall which was fine, but made it hard to get a real rhythm going on the trail when you have to step aside to let people pass every couple of minutes. If I were to go again, I would camp at one of the many campsites along the way and pack up and get out early before most of the crowds arrive.

Beautiful waterfalls, a bit crowded

Minnehaha Falls is easily one of the most aesthetic and charming waterfalls in Georgia, and my personal favorite in NE Georgia. It is really just a small creek that spreads out beautifully over a series of cascades. There is not much to the hike since it is quite short. I set up my hammock near the base of the falls to photograph them at first light before the crowds got there, but it did not take long for the crowds to start pouring in. If you can go very early or very late in the day to relax and have this waterfall all to yourself, I highly recommend it.

Beautiful waterfall, easy hike

The hike to Anna Ruby Falls is very scenic, but really more of a walk than a hike. The entire path is paved, which is great for accessibility purposes. The two viewing platforms are very spacious as well, leaving plenty of room for the typical crowds. If you are in the area and have a bit of time to spare, I highly recommend this waterfall, as it is definitely one of the prettiest in NE Georgia. There is an entrance fee of $3 per person, as the waterfall is outside of the boundaries of Unicoi State Park.

Epic waterfall, but check water levels

Fall Creek Falls is the tallest waterfall in the entire Eastern section of the US, and is impressive enough simply for that. However, when I went I expected a ton of water in the falls after heavy rain in the area from Hurricane Harvey but when I got there, the waterfall was really only an insanely tall trickle of water. Although it was still beautiful, it made me wish I had checked what the water levels were before going. Being labor day weekend, there was no shortage of crowds at the overlooks as well, which stresses me out sometimes. This did not stop me from finding a peaceful spot to take a solid nap in my hammock. Overall, I enjoyed the hike quite a bit, and I am sure most weekends are not quite as crowded as a holiday weekend.

Epic waterfall, short hike

In just a short hike down a steep canyon, you can find yourself at the base of the incredible Foster Falls. This waterfall is as charming as it is impressive, and it is not without its admirers. I went late in the afternoon on Labor Day weekend and there were still a good amount of people hanging out at the base and swimming in the pool. The water looked refreshing, and if I brought a towel I probably would have been in the water too. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend this hike.

Fantastic views, tricky navigation

I just completed this hike from the Twin Lakes trailhead in mid-August and it made for an epic overnight backpacking trip. There are some great campsites around Twin Lake and Island Lake, which you need an overnight permit for. The valley which the lakes are in is surrounded by incredible peaks, including Mt. Price. I made the summit up Mt. Price first thing in the morning and it was definitely a tough climb. There was still a good amount of snow at the top, and the loose rock made for some tricky navigating. There was no trail to be found past Twin Lake going up to the summit so I have no clue if I took the easiest route, but I was definitely huffing and puffing my way up to the top. The top of Mt. Price has incredible views of the Crystal Mountain Range and Desolation Wilderness.

Short hike, pretty waterfalls, a little crowded

If there is one thing that could be said about this hike is that you get a lot of bang for your buck. In a super short hike you can easily see the scenic upper and lower Helton Creek Falls. Both sections are perfect to take a dip in on a warm summers day. The lower falls have a graceful curvy shape and a mild steepness, while the upper falls is significantly more vertical and about 60 feet tall. If you want to avoid the crowds, simply come early or late on weekends or just come on a weekday.

Good local hike to get some mileage in

This hike was very nice in some regards, but I felt it was a bit average in other ways too. The trail itself and the markings were awesome. There are a bunch of variations to take the trail, so if you want you can log some serious miles here. The covered bridge is also really cool, as you don't see those every day. The Chattahoochee River here is also fairly scenic and has some of the larger rapids in the area of the river around Atlanta. Although this hike has some mild climbs and descents, it is fairly easy and should be doable for most adults and even kids. Given the many variations in the trail that I mentioned earlier, you can pretty much make the hike as short or long as you wish. The forested sections are nice and shady, but are not particularly special in appearance. Even though it is nice that there is a park this big to hike in so close to the city, I was not a huge fan of the road noise you get on various sections of the trail. Overall I had a nice time, but this hike is probably behind some other local Chattahoochee hikes such as Sope Creek Trail and the East Palisades Trail in terms of priority to re-visit.

Nothing Short of Spectacular

This hike easily packs some of the best views in all of the Appalachians in such a short distance. The summit of Black Balsam Knob offers 360-degree panoramic views that go as far into the mountains as the eyes can see. Great spot to watch both sunrise and sunset. There are some great tent sites on the trail too, but you just have to hope your tent is sturdy enough in case winds pick up.