Hiking Frazier Discovery Trail
Frazier Discovery Trail had been on my list of hikes for awhile. Since the trail is a short loop and easily accessible I was waiting to go early one morning on a weekday to try and avoid some of the regular summer crowds that SNP can experience. The morning I picked was perfect: 70 degrees, partly sunny and so peaceful. On my way into the park I saw a mama black bear and a little cub, multiple deer, wild turkeys and tons of birds. I parked at the Loft Mountain Wayside but for a longer hike you can also park at the Doyles River Trailhead or Loft Mountain Campground and follow the white blazed AT north. The hike up is relatively easy with a moderate elevation gain, the forest floor is covered in ferns and other shorter plants and there are a bunch of cool rock overhangs and outcroppings. I didn't see a single other person on my hike except for when I got back to my car a family had just arrived and eventually headed up Frazier Discovery Trail. It was the perfect little hike to start off my week! For more information on the hike go here.