One of my very favorite things to do when At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn does not require my presence is revel in the vast natural beauty that Western North Carolina is noted for. So now, the innkeepers pose the query – Have you experienced the Mountain to Sea Trail?
Yesterday, we took the drive to Craggy Gardens area. MTS Trail to experience a bit of this trail for ourselves 382.0 on the Blue Ridge Parkway skirts the southern side of Craggy and extends from the Smokies to the North Carolina Coast. It has access points at the Southern end of the Visitors Center parking area, the N. end of Craggy’s picnic area & at Greybeard Mt. Overlook (1 mile N. of Visitor’s Center where we picked it up). Encompassing 1,000 miles with 500 miles of actual footpaths ending in Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks of our fine state- it is such an experience.
Great views, recent designation as a National Recreation Trail, it’s ability to be enjoyed in short segments and the peace, quiet, exercise opportunity and gorgeous cool weather we have been experiencing all couple to make this trail worth a bit of exploration whether just for a brief respite or for days of hiking enjoyment. Hope to see you out there. I assure you a bit of time in the brisk air, exercising some not used enough muscles, gazing at the sheer majesty and beauty of these ancient mountains can help you find both perspective and gratitude for all this earth has to offer. I don’t know anyone who can’t benefit from that.