PureOutside.com and will be hosted at OutdoorVancouver.ca. This is a very valid question and to those who remain skeptical about hiking or who are new to hiking. We can imagine they would have the same sort of question(s).
Honey Creek Loop in The Big South Fork, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, and Alum Cave Bluff Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains. Two of the three are quite challenging. All three are awe inspiring. Joyce Kilmer: full of it's Tulip Poplars that are said to be at least three- to four-hundred-years-old or more. Alum Cave: while a more popular trail in the Smokies, it's still a challenging hike to reach the summit of Mount LeConte and is one of the more challenging hikes I've ever done, offering amazing views of the Smokies. Then there is the special paradise that is Honey Creek: remote, rugged, challenging, amazing. It is probably the best trail I've hike in my short hiking life. This trail if you remember from our report from last year is definitely not one for the faint of heart nor for the inexperienced. However, it is one you don't want to miss because it doesn't get any better than that.
And lastly, just to prove diversity: my trail mate and wife (who agrees with me on the majestic Honey Creek) chooses White Rocks as her other magic place. It may have been tough getting to the top, but the Cumberland Mountains stole her heart a long time ago. I'm only lucky enough to get to borrow it whenever she's not there.
Tim and Robin