As we progress into cooler weather, we can finally start dreaming about beautiful walks in the snow (and pray that weather will be upon us soon). No more freakishly hot summer days. Hopefully no more fires! As a person who feels invigorated by the cold, this is all I can hope for. Well, if you find yourself in a nice getaway up in Pine Mountain Club, then you have to check out both the Enchanted Forest Trail and Woodland Falls Trail; these two hikes are not to be missed. Especially if you have been experiencing winter weather!
Last winter, we went up to Pine Mountain Club and stayed in this beautiful cabin here. It was an unforgettable experience. Though the weather wasn’t too terribly cold, we were able to see snow, as it had recently been snowing in the area. It wasn’t on the roads, which was great news, but when we went to hike, we found the snow still painting the landscape of these two hiking trails. It was beautiful!
Pro tip, when you’re out on a getaway, whether to a familiar or unfamiliar place, you can always use an app such as AllTrails to help you find a good location to hike. And by utilizing the app on your hike, it can help keep you on the trail. This is especially important in unfamiliar territory. In fact, using AllTrails was how I found these two beautiful spots.
First, we hiked Woodland Falls trail, and I’m so glad we did. At the beginning of the trail, there was a light amount of snow tossed about in the trees. As we progressed further up to the frozen falls, we found 2-3 feet of snow on the terrain. A few times, we would fall through the snow, but for the most part, it was compact enough for us to walk on. We watched a local dog run around and roll in it, so it is an amazing adventure if you have dogs! Because there was some elevation to it, it was harder to go on the trail with the snow, so bringing walking sticks or skiing poles is a very good idea! We happened to bring them without knowing, and it really saved us when we turned and had to walk downhill on the softer areas of snow.
Woodland Falls trail is a very easy hike at only 0.6 miles long out and back with 298 feet of elevation. So, even with snow, it’s a relatively short and easy hike.
The Enchanted Forrest Trail was an adventurous trail through trees and more snow. This one is 1.5 miles in length with a much higher elevation of 574 feet. We didn’t finish this one only because the snow made it a little too difficult at the time. But from what I hear, this trail is beautiful in the summer months. The start of the trail was truly a sight to see with the snow around it, however, so I’d still give it a try in the winter months, too.
All in all, when visiting Pine Mountain Club, you must check out Woodland Falls Trail in the winter and the Enchanted Forest trail in the warmer months.