Tuesday, January 12, 2010

2010 Best of the Outdoors

The votes are in! Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine has recently published the 2010 Best of the Outdoors in the January issue of its online magazine. The article highlights the results of their readers choice awards in which readers pick their favorites of the Blue Ridge region.

Exh year, readers have the opportunity to vote on their favorites among a variety of outdoor activities in the Blue Ridge, including their favorite trails, waterfalls, running and cycling events, skiing, adventure racing, climbing and paddling locations, among several other categories.

Some of the highlights of this year's poll include the top trails in the Blue Ridge region:

1. Art Loeb Trail
2. Black Mountain Crest/Deep Gap Trail
3. Tuscarora Trail
4. Foothills Trail
5. Red Creek Trail-Dolly Sods
6. Linville River Trail

The Great Smoky Mountains made it into the voting in only two categories.

* The Smokies were rated as the 4th best section of the Appalachian Trail. The Dragon's Tooth in Virginia ranked first, with Mt. Rogers and Roan Mountain finishing second and third, respectively.

* Mt. LeConte was voted as having the sixth best mountain summit in the Blue Ridge region. Roan Mountain was number one. Rounding out two through five were Old Rag, Max Patch, Mt. Mitchell and Cheoah Bald.

You can check-out all of the winners of every category by clicking here. Hey, if you don't like some of these results, make sure you vote next year!


Jeff
HikingintheSmokys.com Detailed information on trails in the Smoky Mountains; includes trail descriptions, key features, pictures, video, maps, elevation profiles, news, hiking gear store, and more.

3 comments:

Smokey said...

Do you have any trails on fault lines so that I feel right at home...lol...California is shakin over here chek it out ...

Smokey said...

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Maps/US10/32.42.-125.-115.php

Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

Yes, I heard about those.

Actually if you go to the western edge of the state, you will be on the fault line where one of the worst earthquackes ever occurred.

The Mississippi River actually ran backwards! The quake rang bells in Boston:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1812_New_Madrid_earthquake

Jeff