I started on Lands Run Fire Road on the west side of Compton Peak, and bushwhacked up an old trail to Skyline Drive. The trail was clogged with blowdowns and I was besieged by ticks. Fortunately, none of them managed to bite me. I took the AT across Skyline Drive to the Dickey Ridge Trail, and hiked up a little side trail to the top of Fort Windham Rocks. From there, I followed the Dickey Ridge Trail to the Lands Run Fire Road. On the way back down the fire road, I made a stop at Lands Run Falls. A good hike on a hot day.
I also hiked up to Fort Windham Rocks via the AT from SR 610 in mid-November 2007. Quite a different experience. The visibility was about 30 feet, and a combination of drizzle and sleet was falling that day.
"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, awake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it reality."