We just returned from camping on the shores of Lake James in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. This is the view from the camping area:

Officially Lake James is for “backpacking camping”, but really, the sites are scattered across a hilly wooded peninsula only a five or ten minute walk to the car, and have a small sandy tent pad for level camping on the steep hillside. It’s the perfect setup for privacy and convenience, while deterring campers who like to bring the city with them to the woods – no electricity or RVs.

 We drove several sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway and numerous windy mountain roads…

…climbed the summits of Mount Mitchell, Mount Craig, and Mount Tom…

…enjoyed the fall colors…

…hiked in the Linville Gorge Wilderness of the Pisgah National Forest (known as the most rugged terrain in the eastern U.S.)…

…sat by the fire, enjoyed camp cooking, ate countless s’mores, drank lots of cocoa, read, played games, explored Asheville, ate pastries, stopped at an art museum, and drove home. And then we washed lots (and lots) of dirty clothes and gear.


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