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Rough Ridge Hike, it’s a must do!!!

June 14, 2018

All told, we hiked 15 miles over our four day mountain trip! Not bad for four young ladies. 🙂 Yesterday was our last day so we decided to end it with a full day of mountain fun!

We started out at Price Lake. We decided to rent kayaks. This was a lot of fun, and the views from down on the water were amazing! You have the mountains, the rhododendrons dotting the shoreline, it was an amazing time! And it really wasn’t that expensive! We rented three kayaks. A double was $13, and we had two singles at $10 each. They say it’s for an hour, but they don’t time it or anything. I bet you could stay out for a few hours. They take all forms of payment, even Apple Pay. Payments are taken after you kayak. Children 13 and under have to have a life jacket on that they provide. Over 13, you just have to have a life jacket on the kayak. We will definitely do it again!

After kayaking we decided to do one last hike! We have never done Rough Ridge overlook. It is always a crowded parking lot, so we decided to see what was up there! It did not disappoint!!!

It’s under a two mile hike round trip, but it’s a lot of climbing so it is slow going. You will hike up to a boardwalk area. There are great views from that spot on a normal day, but it was foggy for us. That’s where the picture of the four of us was taken. You might want to turn around at that point. I suggest you keep going. The hike does get a bit more difficult. You are climbing a lot of boulders, some were slippery for us.

We made it to the very top and wow! There were a few other people up there eating lunch. The views!! If you look to one side you can see the viaduct. Such an amazing view! If you zoom in on my picture you will be able to see it. That’s one thing about the mountains that is so crazy. Five minutes before we made it to the top we were trapped in the clouds and couldn’t see a thing. 50 yards farther up and it was clear! We will definitely do Rough Ridge again!!

You will also see a picture of a baby deer. It had to have been just a few days old. He was so tiny and wobbly!! His mom was right with him. She looked at us so nonchalantly like, “hurry up and get your picture, humans!”

We do love the mountains! Didn’t want to leave! And my lucky daughter gets to call it home in August when she moves to Appalachian State University!