This weekend’s excursion was to Pisgah National Forest. I hiked the Coontree Loop which is adjacent to Coontree Mountain (though it might even climb up part of the mountain). I’ve embarked on this trail a number of times with Fox, but never got very far. There are plenty of water crossings for him to jump in at the start of the trail, so it’s a nice place for a small hike with him; however, now having done the whole thing, I would not make him hike the full trail due to the amount of uphill hiking that is necessary. The path is by no means flat. (Then again, is anything here in North Carolina flat?)
Two sides of the trail are surrounded by lush forest, with plenty of flowers at lower elevations. The top portion of the trail is actually shared with the Bennet Gap trail. It opens up to views of surrounding mountains, though these will be diminished once the trees fill in.