Best Hiking Practices

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Hiking
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Robbinsville, NC resident Robert Rankin enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, and has made this love into a career overseeing Snowbird Mountain Lodge. When not spending time in Robbinsville, NC, Robert Rankin experiences the North Carolina wilderness through activities such as hiking.

One important concept in hiking is to leave no trace. This means prospective hikers should take only photos of the locations they visit rather than artifacts of the trip and leave nothing behind. Disposing of waste properly includes measures like maintaining only small campfires, keeping human waste far away from water sources, and packing up all items and scraps–even biodegradable material such as food leftovers.

Traveling on durable surfaces including sand, dry grass, or snow minimizes the impact of footfalls on the local environment as well. Plan to walk through some mud or puddles, as going around can widen the trail. If you hike with pets, be sure to keep them away from local wildlife, and avoid disrupting the feeding practices of these native animals.

Hiking Near Robbinsville

As Spring approaches we are seeing more and more hikers in the forests that surround Snowbird Mountain Lodge and the Joyce Kilmer/Slickrock/Citico Wilderness in the Nantahala National Forest. It’s these times that we spend time helping to find
“lost” hikers and I thought this might be a good space to give you some tips about being in this remote area of North Carolina.

Know that here, all of the usual hiking tips apply.

1. make sure that you have appropriate hiking shoes/boots on your feet as all of our trails         in the area are root and rock strewn, a twisted or broken ankle here will cause major             problems.

2. Cell Phones are great tools, but realize that in this remote section of North Carolina and      Tennessee, they WILL NOT work in most locations. So, the ability to send a text or make      a call for help is all but impossible!

3. Make sure that you have a day pack at the very least. Inside the pack please carry some         extra food, water, water purifying supplies, rain gear, first aid kit and warm clothing.

All of these common sense items are especially important in the woods that surround Robbinsville. This is remote country and yet so close. This area isn’t like the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, but sparsely populated and traveled. These are the qualities that make this area so beautiful and attractive and Fun to be in!

Without a doubt you can have an amazing time in our woods and we want you to. If I can help you in any way, don’t hesitate to call me at Snowbird Mountain Lodge – 800-941-9290 and I’ll help you plan a great adventure in nature!

Robert Rankin

Innkeeper, Explorer, AdventurerIMG_8702