Kimsey Creek Trail to Deep Gap A.T. - NC

September 2, 2014

Today's hike was on the Kimesey Creek Trail in NC near Franklin. We hiked from Standing Indian Campground to the intersection with the Appalachian Trail at Deep Gap. Round trip of 8.5 mi.

HIKERS: John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Tim Hale, Charles Hall, Mike Jones, Bob Magee, Tony Presley, Joe Raguckas, Sandy Robson, Vic Robson, Pom Sinnock, and Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFO. - The Kimsey Creek Trail is always a good choice on a hot summer day due to the cooler temperatures in this area. The trail is a connector trail to the Appalachian Trail at Deep Gap near Standing Indian Mountain.

Directions: Take US 64 west from Franklin approximately 12 miles passing thru Winding Stair Gap. Near the bottom of the mountain from the gap, you will turn left on West Old Murphy Road (SR 1448). There is a directional sign for the campground there. Go 1.9 miles and turn right on Forest Development Road 67 at the Standing Indian Campgound sign. This is a paved road. Go 1.7 miles and turn right into Standing Indian Campgound. The parking lot is on the left just across from the campground store and permit station.

Another great day for a hike! Mostly sunny and cool with temperatures ranging from the low 60's to the mid 70's F.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: White Snakeroot, Stinging Nettle, Spotted Jewellweed, Pale Jewellweed, Crimson Clover, Red Bee Balm, Indian Plantain, Purple Flowering Raspberry, Rattlesnake Plantain, Wood Aster, Goldenrod, Hawk Weed, White Yarrow and Angelica.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Crow, Blue Jay, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Junco, Chickadee, Cardinal, Vireo.

scroll down for photos from today.......


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Starting our hike at Standing Indian Campground.
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Crossing the bridge over the headwaters of the Nantahala River.
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Access trail to Kimsey Creek Trail.
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Trail intersection sign. .
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The trail follows along beautiful Kimsey Creek!
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A beautiful lush green trail in the cool air of the NC mountains.
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We saw many types of mushrooms.
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Very nice!
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A slick rock slope required cautious walking.
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We arrive at Deep Gap on the A.T.
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Lunchtime at Deep Gap.
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Kimsey Creek
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Something took a bite!
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Charles Hall, Mike Jones & Barney, Bob Magee, Joe Raguckas, John Bellamy, Pom Sinnock, June Bellamy, Tim Hale, Sandy Robson, Vic Robson, Jim Driggers, Greta Driggers, Carole Wintle, Phil Brownrigg and Tony Presley.

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Kimsey Creek Trail NC - 9-2-14


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