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Welcome to Pixel's Travels, a photo journal of great places to hike. Search our gallery to find destinations and trails.
Don't forget a map when you are out exploring. Our most popular maps can be found here since many of these photographs were acquired when we were GPS mapping trail.
Pixel is a Plott hound and all of his friends like to hike. That's why we call it Pixel's Travels.
Gray's Arch Trailhead, Buck Ridge, Koomer Ridge, Sheltowee Trace, Second Story, Gray's Arch, and back to trailhead. 9.5 miles, 2,400 vertical feet cummulative gain. Map 3 on the 1:12k-scale Red River Gorge Map.
May 29: Kentucky's Revolutionary & Civil War Battlefields
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park (Revolutionary War) and Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site (Civil War). To learn more about Kentucky's war history, download the free audio driving tour and maps at
Mar 24-26: Sheltowee Trace & John Muir Trail, Big South Fork
Great Meadows, Rock Creek DBNF Trailhead, Divide Road, John Muir Trail Overlook, No Business Creek, Ranse Boyatt Homestead, Kentucky Trail at Laurel Hill Road, Peter's Mountain, Mark Branch Falls, Hemlock Grove, Great Meadows.
Jan 14-15: Honey Creek Loop, John Muir Trail, Big South Fork
The Honey Creek Loop is only about 6 miles, with spurs, but takes a good 4 hours to complete. The National Park considers this national recreation trail among the most difficult in the Big South Fork. Short but extremely sweet, rugged, and craggy with man
An attempt to connect the upper and lower sections of the JMT, which are not connected between the O&W Bridge and the Honey Creek Loop. A submission here provided a map of a connector trail above Honey Creek and the network of horse trails, but unfort
05 Dec 18: Coldstream Research Park, Lexington, KY
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05 Nov 27-28: Laurel Fork & Station Camp Creeks, Big South Fork
Right when you say, "What could go wrong now..." it hits. I was trailing down Laurel Fork on the final stretch. It was 7pm, pitch black in the valley, and Pixel was doing an excellent job keeping me on trail while we crossed Laurel Fork probably
PRELIMINARY 051128 -- The inventory is complete and now we have an answer to, "Where has Pixel and his pals been in the Big South Fork?" Trails are mapped mostly with GPS, laid over a hillshade, and are categorized by use.
Friday night in the big city after Gallery Hop. Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell, a neo-classical 70s country duet (web), gave a memorable, moving performance. Couples embraced and appeared...
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05 Nov 12: Upper Rock Creek, Pickett State Park, TN
The 50-mile John Muir Trail terminates in Pickett State Park at the head of Rock Creek on Black House Mountain Road. The trail continues a few miles to Old Wagon Trail Road, skirting above Williams Creek through a series of mini slot canyons. A beaver dam
Bandy Creek is a popular area in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. A homestead was abandoned here in early 1800s and the name "Bandy" is thought to be an abbreviation of saying, "Up on Abandoned Creek." Two great h
05 October 29-30: Mammoth Cave NP & West TN Halloween
Mammoth Cave is a world heritage site because it is the longest mapped cave in the world (possibly up to 600 miles of passageways). Often overlooked, the backcountry trail system provides about 60 miles of hiking. The 9-mile Sal Hollow Loop Trail is the l
05 October 22-24: Roan Highlands, Appalachian Trail, TN-NC
A 3-day hike along the Appalachian Trail from US 19E at Elk Park to the summit of Roan Mountain and back. Roughly a 34-mile hike with about 10k vertical feet of cumulative elevation gain. These are the Roan Highlands with a few peaks over 6,000 and sweepi
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Blast from the Past: Portraits & Parks
A handfull of old sketches of parks and people in parks.
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05 October 14: Gladie VC - Pinch 'Em Tight, Red River Gorge
The venerable power-loop hike under a Hunter's Moon in the Red River Gorge.
05 October 7-9: Wild Mountain Mania, Cumberland Gap NHP
Although the weather turned sharply colder and windier on Friday, this national park nature festival enjoyed a good number of visitors learning about many aspects of our natural environment, such as birds of prey via a raptor rehabilitation program, backc
05 Sep28-Oct01: Inland NC and Cliffs of the Neuse SP
King Cotton and tobacco dominate the agriculture here. This area east of Goldsboro straddles the Piedmont and Coastal Plain physiographic regions of eastern North Carolina. Many of the old farm structures that remain represent a past of sharecropping and
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05 September 30: Wayne County Fair, North Carolina
The county fair is not just carnival rides and funnel cakes. A traditional fair showcases the pride, creativity and industry of country life. While you can watch the Pig Race around the Red Barn, you can also wander through the Flower Show, the Art Exhib
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05 September 24-28: Bogue Bank and Croatan National Forest, NC
The Beach @ Mom's. Bogue Bank is a 30-mile long, narrow island, or outer bank, that runs between Cape Carteret and Morehead City, North Carolina. We stayed on the western end of the island in a little town called Emerald Isle near Bogue Pier. Only this pi
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05 September 17-18: Midway Fall Festival
Midway is characterized as Kentucky's first railroad town. In 1831, the Lexington and Ohio Railroad Company began constructing a rail line between Lexington and Frankfort and at the midway point, this town was established. Many of the side streets are nam
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September 10: Martin's Fork, Red River Gorge
John and I restock maps for fall hiking in the Red River Gorge Geological Area. The Gorge offers great introductory experiences for overnight backpacking trips. With easy access to water, camping, and nearly a plethora of guides, maps, and websites, the g
September 2-3: Southern John Muir Trail, Big South Fork
A solo excursion on the best foot trail in the Big South Fork and the Daniel Boone country -- the John Muir Trail. This 50-mile trail commemorates the life and wilderness explorations of John Muir, the father of our national park system. In September 1867
Sheltowee Trace at I-75 Exit 49 to KY-80 and back.
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05 August 20-21: Woodland Arts Fair
This 30th annual Woodland Art Fair was our first fair or outdoor event and we were surprised by the enthusiastic vibe. The turnout was aided by the fact that our location was completely in shade all day and our spot was the lowest in the area....a natural
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05 August 13: Little & Pilot Wines & Hurricane Creek Trails
The Big South Fork's Pilot Wines trail is a groomed, doubletrack horse trail that creates about a 15-mile loop with spur trails to the river. 6-mile Hurricane Creek trail is an unmarked trail that connects the river with Cub & Slavens Branch trails.
Friends and Dogs escape Kentucky's summer with an evening walk to the Kentucky River via the Palisades. Headlamps provide the photo light source.
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05 August 12: McAtee Run Dry Laid Stone Walling
Dry stone construction is an ancient craft of building structures without mortar. This wall is for Lexington's McAtee Run (mcateerun.com). For more info on dry stone, visit
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05 August 8: First Frontier Audio Driving Tour
Just out of our studio....John and I deliver the First Frontier Audio Driving Tour. This free (on-loan) tour package takes visitors on a 220-mile journey through Kentucky's Cumberland Mountians, "...For adventuresome spirits, the unexplored road lure
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05 August 6: Barren Fork & Railroad Fork
From U.S. 27 to KY 700 (and back) on the Sheltowee Trace passing numerous coal mines on Railroad Fork. NOTE: time stamp is 4.5 hours behind actual time....or something like that....still playing with new captioning feature.
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05 July 31: Up to Raven's Rock
A long-abandoned road up to Raven's Rock, a sandstone pinnacle, offers a quick & steep corridor to this extinct tourist attraction. When the Red River Gorge was being considered for flooding, this summit was thought to have resort appeal with its 360-
July 30: Troublesome and Difficulty Creeks, Big South Fork
From Ledbetter Trailhead to Divide Road to John Muir Trail and back to Ledbetter TH via the Kentucky Traill in the Big South Fork. The trail crosses Troublesome and Difficulty Creek, but with excellent trail conditions and great work by the park, this is
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05 July 23: Triplett Creek, Bluestone, I64, Morehead, Oxley Br.
The Midland Trail, U.S. 60, connects Kentucky with Washington D.C. and follows Triplett Creek through Morehead. The Sheltowee Trace crosses a suspension bridge over Triplett and then follows the Midland Trail to an old road bridge and over to Bluestone. U
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05 July 16: Turkey Foot, Resurgence Cave, War Fork, Arvel
The western approach to McKee along U.S. 421 is a steep, dramatic climb from the knobby outer-region of the Bluegrass to the Cumberland Plateau via the small hamlet, Big Hill. The Daniel Boone National Forest's topography here is the highest anywhere in t
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05 July 10: S-Tree to Wildcat Mountain
This 25-mile section of the Sheltowee Trace exemplifies much of ST found in the central Daniel Boone NF. The sequential trail condition: From S-Tree: gravel road, jeep trail, quad track, jeep trail, gravel road, hard top KY-89 and KY-490, then singletrack
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05 July 9: Cotton Patch Loop, Big South Fork
Located in the Bear Creek Scenic Area of the Big South Fork NRRA, the Cotton Patch Loop connects with Bear Creek Loop to make about 23 miles of unique, scenic solitude. These are mostly horse trails, but mountain bikers also can brave the tricky, steep as
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05 July 2-4: Presidential Range, White Mountains NF
The Presidential Range in New Hampshire forms a 12-mile mountain ridgeline with 8 peaks named after U.S. presidents. The highest 3 peaks are Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, Mt Adams at 5,799 feet, and Mt. Jefferson at 5,716 feet. The average elevation chang
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05 June 26: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
From the Civic Park to White Rocks in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is a 3-mile hike with 1,900 vertical feet change, the greatest change in elevation for any Kentucky park hike, although the trail starts in Virginia and ends in Kentucky. White