“A rocky trail with some choss piles, good views, and nice pines along the way to the AT.”
— CL Shell
Features: Views — Wildlife
Lots of rocks and roots might make this a tough run. There are a few short sections laden with soft pine needles, and those sections are very pleasant.
Parking is located off to the right as one heads up the mountain on Kuhn Rd. There is a small brown sign that says White Rocks Trail. The trailhead is clearly marked at a (6-7 car) gravel parking lot. Follow the light blue blazes. About a 1/2 mile approach leads to the ridge line. On the way up, there is a cool bonsai-type tree with roots attached to a boulder.
At this point it is necessary to STOP and ask permission from the Great Squirrel to enter his section of the trail. The request must be made loud, clear, and penitent. Failure to do so will result in him pelting the offenders, and company, with acorns, which has been known to be potentially near fatal.
After crossing the Great Squirrel section, which is the steepest non-rock portion of the trail, the trail follows the ridge and is free of other hostile animal spirits. Along the way to the AT, you'll pass by a few opportunities to scramble some large piles of granite. Take the time to scale them, snap some pics for the gram, contemplate life and nature.
At the end of the trail (about 1.5-miles from the parking lot) there looks to be some places to camp. This is also where you can pick up the AT. Turn around and follow the blue blazes, and you'll eventually find your car. (No need to get permission from the Great Squirrel this time, unless you skipped the ritual on the ascent.)