North Carolina Arboretum

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I did my first hike today in North Carolina. I wasn’t sure of my fitness levels and there is so much I want to see and do so I started off near home at the North Carolina Arboretum.

I chose to do the 4.4 mile Arboretum Explorer Loop as detailed in Jennifer Pharr Davis’s excellent book entitled Asheville – Your guide to the area’s most beautiful hikes.

Glenda and I already found the Arboretum last week and paid for an annual family membership so it was free for me to enter and enjoy the facilities they offer.

The hike was a pretty gentle affair with a few small inclines and nothing really strenuous at all, but I loved it!! The scenery is spectacular with streams and forest all around. Navigation was of course very easy and it was well marked all the way around. I will do more ambitious hikes in the near future, but this was a wonderful way to start.

It took me just under 2hrs to complete the hike, which I am very happy with. I took my time and didn’t try to rush as I was intent on enjoying the scenery all around me.

The weather was just about perfect for hiking. It was around 50F with a little wind. I was fine with just my baselayer and my Patagonia Houdini windshirt.

The hike took me right into the heart of the exhibition centers where they have beautiful garden settings and an amazing education center. I didn’t stop this time because this is something I will do with Glenda at a later date.

Being so close and convenient, and the fact that it is such a wonderful place to walk/hike around, I will be visiting these trails very often and will use them to help my fitness while at the same time getting to enjoy the facilities at the North Carolina Arboretum.

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