Black Balsam Knob

Located in the Shining Rock Wilderness area, this grassy bald will provide you the same sort of piece of mind that only a glass of the finest red zinfandel can match. Combine the two and you'll discover nirvana. I think the images speak for themselves.

Distance from downtown Greenville: 69 miles

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Big Bald

Big Bald is located on the Tennessee-North Carolina border. It's accessible only by hiking from Sam's Gap or Spivey Gap, via the Appalachian Trail. Either direction will require a 14-16 mile round trip hike (mostly uphill on the way in), but boy oh boy is it worth it. Obviously on a clear day you'll have a better view. These images were taken from the summit the second day of spring 2008. As its name implies it's a bald mountain similar to Black Balsam, Max Patch, Tennent Mountain, Sam Knob, and the Roan Mountain peaks.

There are plenty of places for camping along the way, and a water source near the summit. There is also a shelter just north of the summit.

Distance from downtown Greenville:89 Miles to trailhead.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival

Sponsored by one of my favorite places, Half Moon Outfitters, The Banff Mountain Film Festival has returned to Greenville. It will be held this Thursday (the 20th) at 7:00. Click here for more info.

Distance from Downtown Greenville - 3 miles

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