The final full day of our camping adventure left us with a decision. We knew the kids would have the energy for one more hike, but we had two great choices.
Table Rock Mountain, the originally planned hike, was a 2.2 mile roundtrip hike with difficult sections. It was also 5 miles farther along the unpaved, winding, dirt mountain road.
I was having my doubts about this one. We were all tired.
A bit closer on the same road was Hawksbill Mountain, a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike with a huge climb in elevation (700 ft).
After some debate, we went with Hawksbill Mountain, which was one of the mountain tops we sighted from Wiseman’s View the day before.
Once again, our little troopers hung in there for a very strenuous climb. It didn’t start out too bad…
But we were basically rock climbing up the hill by the end.
We took more than one break along the way.
In the end, it was well worth the climb.
We could see the mountain we did not climb, Table Rock Mountain, in the distance.
After having a picnic lunch at our incredible viewpoint, we realized that we had not made it to the top quite yet. We still had a little path to walk to get to the exact spot Tricia had asked to sit by the day before. Of course, we didn’t let her go sit on the edge, but she just about made it.
It was a perfect day. I am so glad we decided to go for the steep climb. Afterwards, we spent the evening at our campground again. We just enjoyed playing, whittling, sitting by the fire, and laughing.
Now…I did a quick periscope from the top of Hawksbill Mountain, NC. It was from the site where we had lunch, not the final destination. It remains on my Katch site, so here you go: