Why Appalachian Students Should Hike as Much as Possible


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Posted at 6:17pm on December 13, 2018 via Blackboard Connect.

Appalachian State University is arguably one of the most gorgeous regions of North Carolina. It is nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains and the surrounding areas are absolutely stunning. Enjoying the outdoors and surrounding environment is something that every Appalachian student should embrace. Great experiences are around every corner and the mountains must be explored. Boone is a magnificent area and every student should get out and explore its beauty.

People of the Boone and Appalachian community are very privileged when it comes to opportunities involving the outdoors. There are an infinite amount of trails and places to hike. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers a plethora of places to explore and is incredibly close to our campus! There is nothing better than getting outdoors and to enjoy nature. This is one of the best ways to escape the everyday stresses of school and life. You can take your mind off things, enjoy the surrounding views and get some cool photos!

Some of my favorite trails can be found on the parkway. These include, Firetower, Rough Ridge, Compression Falls, Huntfish Falls and Beacon Heights. All of these hikes are full of incredible scenery and are a great way to relax with friends! Appalachian is one fine place to be! I highly encourage students to get out and explore as much as possible. Get out and hike, see some country, and have a great time! In the words of John Muir, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”


Hunter Burkitt

Junior, communication studies

Published: Nov 6, 2018 6:22pm