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Old Oct 4, 2009, 2:40 PM   #1
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Default Hampton Creek to Hump Mountain

Had a few spare hours yesterday, and the weather was perfect for a long hike up to some high country. So we hit the trail at Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area, and hiked on up to the Appalachian Trail, then followed the trail out to Hump Mountain.
Here's a shot of one of the many lovely pools along Hampton Creek, near the start of the trail.
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Hampton Creek Cove is old farmland, some still maintained as farm, much returning to the wild. Both the apple trees and the old farm house are definitely going back to their "wilder" state.
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There were LOTS of butterflies out in the old fields, but my dogs kept chasing them away (or eating them!). So just got a few shots.
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After about 3.6 miles, we reached Yellow Mountain Gap. There's an old barn here that has been rebuilt into a very popular AT shelter.
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We were hoping for views of fall colors, but it's still a bit early for peak color, even in the high country.
After another 2 miles or so, we got to Little Hump Mountain, at an elevation of about 5500 feet. There are some great views from this grass-grown mt, especially on clear days like yesterday!
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Here are a few more views from Little Hump, looking towards Grandfather Mountain.
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Another mile or 1.5 miles brought us to Hump Mountain, elevation about 5600 feet, and another open grassy bald - great place for some mountain views!
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After enjoying the great views and having a little snack, we retraced our steps back down the AT and back to Hampton Creek Cove. Round trip about 14 miles, and worth every step!

Hope you enjoyed the hike, and would be glad for any constructive criticism!
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Hi Mole,
great pictures of your "back yard", I think It's about time you mowed the lawns & trimmed the edges at the back fence.

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Thank you Mole for another lovely hike, that first butterfly is beautiful, nice light too.
My favourite shot is the last one, the fence looks like it goes on forever and the way you have shot it takes your eye with it, wonderful.

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