Golden Staff Hikes

The hikes listed on this page have received the prestigious Golden Staff Award.  They represent my favorite hikes in this blog regardless of geography.  Click on the link to view the blog entry for that hike.


Location
Nearby City
Length (mi)
Difficulty
Main Features
2017:
Grayson, KY
3.9
7/10 (Mod./Diff.)
4 natural bridges
Helen, GA
5
6/10 (Moderate)
Waterfall inside a cliff
Little Rock, AR
4.1
9/10 (Difficult)
Views from Pinnacle Mountain
Pickens, SC
4
7/10 (Mod./Diff.)
Natural bridge; Lake Keowee views from Raven Rock
2016:
Hiawassee, GA
3.6
6/10 (Moderate)
Highest Point in Georgia
Logan, OH
3
5/10 (Moderate)
Cliff-lined hollow
Yosemite Valley, CA
4.9
10/10 (Difficult)
2 gigantic waterfalls
Sierra City, CA
5.8
8/10 (Mod./Diff.)
Loves Falls; North Yuba River valley views
San Rafael, CA
5.1
5/10 (Moderate)
Pacific Ocean views
Pickens, SC
7.1
10/10 (Difficult)
Views from Table Rock
Lafayette, LA
5.5
3/10 (Easy/Mod.)
Birding; cypress and tupelo swamp
2015:
Raymond, NH
4.8
6/10 (Moderate)
Views from ancient volcanic caldera
Groton, CT
3.7
3/10 (Easy/Mod.)
1600’s house foundation; Long Island Sound views
Spencer, IN
3.9
6/10 (Moderate)
Wolf Cave; Twin Bridges; White River
Elkin, NC
6.3
9/10 (Difficult)
Views from granite dome; 3 waterfalls; restored homestead
Fort Payne, AL
2.9
6/10 (Moderate)
3 high watershed waterfalls
Knoxville, TN
5.1
5/10 (Moderate)
Old barns; river; bird watching
2014:
McClellanville, SC
8.6
4/10 (Moderate)
Creek of grass
Lake City, FL
3.1
1/10 (Easy)
Civil War battlefield; Florida Trail
Santa Fe, NM
3.2
9/10 (Difficult)
Steep climb to fabulous views
Stone Mountain, GA
6.7
10/10 (Difficult)
Stone Mountain views
2013:
Trenton, GA
4.9
7/10 (Moderate)
Overlooks of Daniel Creek Gorge
Ithaca, NY
1.5
2/10 (Easy)
Tallest waterfall in New York
Mount Morris, NY
5.2
6/10 (Moderate)
Genesee River gorge; 3 major waterfalls
Oxford, AL
6
6/10 (Moderate)
Cheaha Creek; Cheaha Falls
2012:
Tallahassee, FL
4.4
3/10 (Easy/Mod.)
Sinkholes; swamp
Bryson City, NC
4.9
6/10 (Moderate)
3 significant waterfalls
Salem, SC
5.8
6, 10/10 (Difficult)
Tallest waterfall in the east
Cheboygan, MI
4.3
4/10 (Moderate)
Dunes along Lake Huron
Wausau, WI
4.7
7/10 (Mod./Diff.)
Views; old quarry and homestead
Haysi, VA
2.9
6/10 (Moderate)
Largest canyon in the east
2011:
London, KY
6
7/10 (Moderate)
Rockcastle River overlook
Travelers Rest, SC
4.3
9/10 (Difficult)
Old fire tower site
Clifton Forge, VA
8.7
9/10 (Difficult)
Blue Suck Falls; Tuscarora Overlook
2010:
Uniontown, PA
3.2
6/10 (Moderate)
Waterslides and falls
Grand Marais, MN
2
7/10 (Mod./Diff.)
Unusual Devil’s Kettle Falls
Thurmont, MD
5
7/10 (Moderate)
Cunningham Falls; 2 overlooks
2009:
Morganton, NC
2.7
9/10 (Difficult)
Rocky waterfall
San Francisco, CA
4.8
6/10 (Moderate)
Golden Gate Bridge view
Nags Head, NC
1.5
4/10 (Moderate)
Barren sand dunes
2008:
Florida City, FL
1
0/10 (Easy)
Wildlife viewing
2007:
Gatlinburg, TN
7.4
7/10 (Moderate)
Former Porter Flats community
2006:
Lumpkin, GA
3
5/10 (Moderate)
Unique, colorful canyon
Atlanta, GA
2.5
6/10 (Moderate)
Mature forest; scenic river overlook
Grand Canyon Village, AZ
6.3
4/10 (Easy/Mod.)
Grand Canyon views
Las Vegas, NV
2
4/10 (Easy/Mod.)
Classic Mojave desert
2005:
Dahlonega, GA
6.2
8/10 (Mod./Diff.)
Appalachian Trail hike with views
2004:
Lincoln, NH
2.5
5/10 (Moderate)
World’s most famous flume
North Conway, NH
3
7/10 (Moderate)
Arethusa Falls, highest in New Hampshire
West Union, OH
4.4
6/10 (Moderate)
Best view in Ohio?
Oneida, TN
3.3
7/10 (Mod./Diff.)
Loop to gorge rim
Whitley City, KY
6
7/10 (Moderate)
Natural Arch
Cedarville, OH
2.6
5/10 (Moderate)
Sheer-walled gorge
2003:
Blacksburg, VA
4
6/10 (Moderate)
Overlooks; Little Mountain Falls
Martinsville, VA
4.2
2/10 (Easy)
Large waterfall
2002:
Rockville, IN
6
7/10 (Mod./Diff.)
Sheer-walled canyons
Mullins, WV
7
7/10 (Moderate)
2 waterfalls; 2 scenic views
2001:
Stearns, KY
6.5
7/10 (Moderate)
Coal mining history; gorge overlooks
Logan, OH
12
8/10 (Mod./Diff.)
Rock formations; Cedar Falls
2000:
Hillsboro, OH
5
10/10 (Difficult)
Hopewell Indian fort
Hill City, SD
1
2/10 (Easy)
Sylvan Lake
1999:
Liberty, IN
1.2
5/10 (Moderate)
2 lakes; iron-laden spring
Chillicothe, OH
4.5
8/10 (Mod./Diff.)
Debord Vista; fire tower
1998:
Slade, KY
3
8/10 (Mod./Diff.)
Natural Bridge; overlooks

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