Backcountry Science: Things That Scream Bloody Murder In The Night

It’s that time of year again: “cougar” season, where residents and visitors all across Appalachia report hearing a mountain lion, cougar, or panther scream out in the night. Tales like this are common across the mountains, especially from hikers spending the night deep in the woods only to be awoken by the sound of what…

Sand Mountain (Crystal Springs to High Rocks)

Length/Type: Approximately 4.6 miles (one-way, out-and-back);¬†Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult¬†(well-maintained and signed trails throughout; moderate grades on Boundary Trail; difficult, steeper grades on the final climb to High Rocks);¬†Other Considerations: Another, shorter route leads to High Rocks but climbs up through the Big Survey Wildlife Management Area, which requires a permit fee to hike (info here)….