Hiking at Lake Nantahala: Packback Essentials

The weather’s still warm, but autumn is making its way to our corner of North Carolina. Every fall our stunning range of outdoor color has the owners of Lake Nantahala real estate strapping on their hiking boots and exploring the trees, waterfalls, and fall flowers just outside their doors. Whether you’re a hiking veteran or learning the hiking basics, the key to a happy hiking experience is all about the backpack. Here are a few supplies you won’t want to leave behind.

hiking backpackHiking Survival Bag

No matter what distance you’ll be hiking, you won’t want to leave without packing a basic hiking kit. You never know when you might wander off the beaten path or find yourself in need of a bandage. Don’t leave your cabin without:

  • Food and water
  • Lighter and matches
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Cell phone and/or two-way radio
  • Map and compass

Advance Hiking Kit

If you’re exploring new terrain, hiking deep into the forest, or planning a camping excursion, you’ll want to bring basic overnight supplies. Your tent or hammock is a no brainer, but here are a few items you’ll also want to include:

  • Poncho and extra socks
  • Blanket
  • Serrated knife
  • Iodine tablets
  • Candle
  • Garbage Bags

Proper preparation allows you to enjoy the beautiful trails around Lake Nantahala without worrying if your adventure takes a twist. And don’t forget to pack a camera! Wherever your destination and whatever your route, you don’t want to take a hike without your phone for emergency contact. Don’t kill your battery or sacrifice snapping shots of the autumn artistry outside your North Carolina mountain lake home.

photo from flickr

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