Steve Yocom

  • Hike and Camp the Sam Knob Loop

    This is one of my favorite quick "getaway" loops in the Pisgah Ranger District. Turn onto Black Balsam Knob Road (Mile Marker 420 on the Blue Ridge Parkway) go until you reach a dead end and park at the parking lot. You'll see the Sam Knob trail t...

    3.2 miles

  • Backpack the Roan Highlands (A.T.)

    The Roan highlands, possibly one of the best sections of the Appalachian Trail, is a section of grassy balds that range from 5000-6000 feet following the A.T.Start at Carvers Gap ( Highway 261 NC / Highway 143 TN) on the TN/NC border. You can eith...

    14 miles

  • Hike to the Pinnacle in Pinnacle Park

    Heading out from the parking area, head north on this challenging hike. For the majority of the hike, you'll have a pretty steady uphill charge. There are some flat parts between climbs, so be sure to catch your breath and get some water in during...

  • Day Hike to Hemphill Bald

    Hemphill Bald is a quintessential Smoky Mountains vantage point and this moderate loop trail leading to it takes you through beautiful forest and rolling hills. This area is incredible in all seasons - wildflowers in the spring, colorful leaves in...

  • Camp at Round Bald

    This super easy hike to the campsites near Round Bald is the perfect intro to backpacking for kids or newbies, but serves just as well for the more experienced backpackers who can't squeeze a longer trip in over the weekend.This short (.5 mile) hi...

  • Hike the Art Loeb Trail

    Start at The Davidson River Campground just outside of Brevard, NC (276 Pisgah Ranger District). Have a shuttle car or a friend waiting at the Daniel Boone Boy Scout camp for the finish line.Hop on the 30.1 mile long Art Loeb Trail at the trailhea...

    32 miles 7887 ft gain

  • Hike from Max Patch to Hot Springs, N.C.

    Make a weekend trip from Max Patch to Hot Springs N.C., and be sure to soak in the natural hot springs at the old inn after your hike! This is an incredible, relatively easy hike with the reward at the end being hot springs on the French Broad Riv...

  • Explore Looking Glass Falls

    This is one of the most popular and scenic waterfalls in the area. If you've come to visit it on a warmer day, remember to pack your bathing suit. This magnificent 60 foot waterfall has a pool at it's base that you can wade, swim, and cool off in....

  • Taking in Soco Falls

    This double waterfall is located a mile and half off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Cherokee Indian Reservation. From the parking area, it's a short walk down a well-established trail to the viewing area of the falls.For an even closer view of t...

  • Hike to Grassy Ridge Bald in the Roan Highlands

    Once you've parked at Carver's Gap (5500'), the trailhead is pretty easy to find. Simply cross the highway and jump onto the Appalachian Trail, right on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. Head north on the AT as you head through the Roan ...

    5.3 miles 700 ft gain

  • Hike Tennent Mountain

    Park at the Lot at the end of Black Balsam road, and start your morning in the dark, down the old dirt road at the end of the lot. Take this road until you get to Ivestor Gap and make a right onto the Art Loeb, try and time it so the sun is just a...

    4 miles 900 ft gain

  • Hiking and Fishing the Big East Fork Trail

    Park at the big east fork and fish your way up through wild fish country and scenic waterfalls. The Shining Rock Wilderness has a plethora of places to fish and hike for the day, with amazing views all around. The East Fork of the Pigeon River is ...

  • Hiking to the Chambers Mountain Firetower

    The hike to the summit of Chambers Mountain is on the gravel access road to the tower. Even though you are usually alone on this hike, there is the tower watchman that may be driving his truck, so pay attention while wandering around. The road is ...

  • Sunset At Jump Off Rock Overlook

    Jump Off Rock is a large outcropping and lookout point with an incredible seat to watch sunset over the Uwharrie National Forest. This is a super short hike from the road so even folks with very little hiking experience should have no trouble maki...

  • Catch a Sunset On Green Knob

    Although not as popular as neighboring Shining Rock Wilderness, the Middle Prong Wilderness is equally as beautiful and typically half as crowded. This hike, mostly along the Mountain to Sea trail, leads through forests of oak, birch, spruce and f...