As we have often mentioned, we are blessed to live with our neighbors Cataloochee Ski and Cataloochee Ranch. While we miss our horse neighbors in the winter (they are moved off the mountain to warmer weather in our normally harsh winters), that means the horse trails on the 1000 acre ranch are open to us for exploring and hiking. We literally can step out our back door and onto these wonderful trails. Last Sunday, we took one of those horse trails to the top of Hemphill Bald, a 5,535 foot summit that straddles the ranch and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (the boundary literally runs along the peak). It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning and we want to take you along on our hike.
A closing note. If you are ever curious about what our weather is like, the ranch has installed this webcam on the top of Hemphill Bald. The picture is continuously updated, so you will what we are experiencing. Just click here and bookmark the page.