It was a bit of a drive, but the view was worth it. North Carolina mountains are much different than here in AZ! There was a lot of fall foliage on the drive up, but the mountain itself was lacking. I'm thinking the reason for that was the .... SNOW. Hurrican Sandy had brought some to the area, and we spotted (and had to walk through) some in the shady spots.
We parked at one of the lower parking lots, had lunch and then hiked a half a mile up to the swinging bridge. That part really killed me. I'm just not good at extreme inclines (and sans inhaler)! ... But we eventually made it. The hike up took us under the bridge.
Once we reached the "top" we spent some time going over the bridge and taking in the sights. The swinging bridge is 1 mile above sea level. ...And also an Earthcache ;-)
After our time on the bridge we to another trail that took us up, and then down again to the parking to where our cars were. That one was much easier... but just as scenic!
Though my sisters dog is gigantic, it is vary hard for him to go up and down easily... but he was a trooper. He also got a LOT of attention on the trail.
Fun time was had by all!!