The Mountain State Fair in Fletcher, NC is going on this week. Looks like it could be a lot of fun. From their website:
The NC Mountain State Fair celebrates the people, agriculture, art and tradition that make our region great. Our mission is to create unique experiences at an exceptional value in a safe, clean environment that is accessible to all.September 5th - 14th, 2014
Next Weekend - 09/12/14
The Moonshiner 5k Night Race is being hosted by Half-Moon Outfitters on Friday September 12th at 8pm at Paris Mountain State Park. The Moonshiner 5k will cover trails in Paris Mountain State Park.
All of the proceeds from the race will be donated to Paris Mountain State Park.
More info: http://go-greenevents.com/event/id/1802
Next weekend is the Dupont State Forest 65K trail run. (That's just a little over 40 miles.) I hope to be in good enough shape to run this next year. About the event
Fully Supported 65k Ultra Run in Dupont State Forest. This is one loop with stocked aid stations. Route will include eastern slickrock, stream crossings, lots of climbing, and WATERFALLS. Please note, this is a Fundraising Fun Run... there will be no official time keeping at the Start/Finish. Dont feel up to 65k?? There is a Marathon option as well!
ALL funds raised go to Pisgah Area SORBA to help build and maintain the area trails for use by trail runners and mountain bikers. These trails include Pisgah Forest, Bent Creek and other local trail projects.
Located at an elevation of 6642', Mt. LeConte is one of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi. There are five trails leading to the summit. I've written previously about taking the Alum Cave Trail to the summit. This time my oldest son Lance and I took the Boulevard Trail to the top. It's a 16 mile round trip to the top and back via this trail which makes for a long day hike but it's certainly doable.
Begin by parking at the Newfound Gap parking lot in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. From there, take the Appalachian Trail 3 miles north before turning onto the Boulevard Trail.
Most of the trail is wooded but there are some great views along the way. Near the top there are some dangerous cliffs that might require some extra care particularly if hiking in snow and ice.
At the top of the mountain is the LeConte Lodge, accessible only by one of the five trails, which means when there is a plumbing problem, as there was the day we were there, the only way to get more PVC pipe to the lodge is via helicopter.
Just before reaching the lodge, be sure to throw a stone on this large rock cairn as it's supposedly a Native American tradition to do so.