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Buffalo Creek Park and Trails

Hiking the great outdoors. We’ve enjoyed beautiful weather in this part of North Carolina and I really wanted to get outside and explore the area.

I’ve been spending most of my time inside the coach since we arrived at Lake Lure, North Carolina. This has been my office for the past week.

At the end of the month, I will be flying back to Canada to play lead guitar for a Christmas event in the Toronto area. I needed to get a bunch of Christmas tunes under my fingers before I fly out and this was the week to get it done. One more day of practice and I should have most of that concert memorized. Lots of guitar playing in Florida as well. My fingers are getting sore.

I’ll be on lead guitar with Paul Baloche. Here he is in a Christmas concert from 2017.

A few days back, the need to get outside continued to grow. Spending most of the day inside a coach practicing is tough to do when surrounded by such a beautiful area. Especially with the sun and mild temperatures.

Lorraine and I decided to hike Buffalo Creek.

Buffalo Creek park is situated on the slopes of Weed Patch Mountain near Lake Lure. The park covers over 1,500 acres and includes a variety of hiking trails. We opted for the main loop trail which is roughly 4 miles in length from the trailhead and back. Although you might see some wording at the trailhead suggesting that the hike is easy to moderate, it is definitely an intermediate level hike. The trail gains almost 1,000 feet in elevation and it took us almost 3 hours to complete the hike.

A few images to share. The trail is in a deeply wooded area and, given the time of year, offered some beautiful fall colours.