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Cat Gap and Butter Gap Trails to Grogan Creek Falls | Pisgah National Forest
Looking for an easy hike of less than five miles that will take you to several different waterfalls? Yes? Then this just might be the one for you. It starts on the ever popular Cat Gap Trail, passes two falls on Cedar Rock Creek and a whitewater cascade on John Branch before hopping on the Butter Gap Trail to follow Grogan Creek through Picklesimer Fields to the truly picturesque Grogan Creek Falls. All of that in only 2<code>¼</code> miles one way. This is easy hiking too, climbing less than 500 feet over the full course. What are you waiting for? Get out there.

Cat Gap and Butter Gap Trails to Grogan Creek Falls | Pisgah National Forest

Looking for an easy hike of less than five miles that will take you to several different waterfalls? Yes? Then this just might be the one for you. It starts on the ever popular Cat Gap Trail, passes two falls on Cedar Rock Creek and a whitewater cascade on John Branch before hopping on the Butter Gap Trail to follow Grogan Creek through Picklesimer Fields to the truly picturesque Grogan Creek Falls. All of that in only 2<code>&frac14;</code> miles one way. This is easy hiking too, climbing less than 500 feet over the full course. What are you waiting for? Get out there.

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New trail markers make Congaree National Park hikes easier

As the weather turns cooler and more hikers head out to Congaree National Park, they’ll find the trails easier to navigate than a few months ago.

The trees that crashed across trails during last winter’s ice storm have been cut or pushed out of the way, and a new trail marking system is almost completely installed, according to Superintendent Tracy Stakely.

Clearing fallen trees from trails takes…

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Park in Ulster County, NY Features Unique Hiking Trails

Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County, New York offers breathtaking views from some of the most unique vantage points the Empire State has to offer.

“There’s so many different trails to see,” said Eric Humphrey, superintendent of the Minnewaska State Park Preserve. “But the accessibility of some of them, to get to some of these rugged locations via a natural, gradual carriage road is a…

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Feds approve massive $3.8 billion LNG export facility without a full Environmental Impact Statement

Environmental and community groups are bitterly denouncing a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve permits for the controversial liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility proposed at Cove Point in southern Maryland. They said FERC’s decision defies the facts that the massive facility, proposed by Dominion Resources, will incentivize environmental damage from…

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New App for Android™ from WNCOutdoors.info featuring the Waterfalls of Western North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, NC – September 30, 2014  Just in time for the fall leaf season, a new waterfall guide for Android phones and tablets is ready for download!

Starting today, you can visit 50 of Western North Carolina’s popular waterfalls using this guide on your Android device. It’s packed with the same information provided by the developer’s popular waterfall web site– but with no data connection…

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The Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles (No Exaggeration) in Three Years

A hundred years ago, when Robert Falcon Scott set out for Antarctica on his Terra Nova expedition, his two primary goals were scientific discovery and reaching the geographic South Pole. Arguably, though, Scott was really chasing what contemporary observers call a sufferfest. He set himself up for trouble: Scott brought Manchurian and Siberian ponies that quickly fell through the snow and ice; he…

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Solar power is growing so fast that older energy companies are trying to stop it

If you ask the people who run America’s electric utilities what keeps them up at night, a surprising number will say solar power. Specifically, rooftop solar. That seems bizarre at first. Solar power provides just 0.4 percent of electricity in the United States — a minuscule amount. Why would anyone care?

But utilities don’t see things that way. As solar technology gets dramatically cheaper, tens…

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Visitors To National Parks Could See Higher Entrance Fees Next Year

Dig a little deeper if you are planning to visit a prominent national park next year. The National Park Service is proposing to boost entrance fees at 131 of the 401 public properties it manages.

“The proposed increases in park entrance fees will allow us to invest in the improvements necessary to provide the best possible park experience to our visitors,” said Park Service director Jon Jarvis in…

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Fall Hiking in Taos: Flechado Canyon Trail

A sense of anticipation can be felt in the forest now. The leaves are changing from green to yellow and the air feels fresh and cool. Soon the aspen will be gloriously golden. Fall is the perfect time to get out and explore some of the hikes south of Taos, NM in the Carson National Forest.

Flechado Canyon Trail is a lightly-traveled hike that follows a stream through meadows and aspen groves. It…

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