Bear Creek Trail System

Where: Bear Creek Area, Town of Robbins Activity: Hiking Distance: 4.3+/- miles of unique trail The Town of Robbins in northern Moore County truly has a hidden gem of around 4.3 miles of hiking trail along the Bear Creek area. They have also opened a public canoe access on Bear Creek at the NC Hwy 705 […]

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Badin Lake Trail

Where: Kings Mountain Point, Badin Lake, Uwharrie National Forest Activity: Hiking (with picnicking, fishing, swimming nearby) Distance: 2.2 mile trail with 1.6 mile road option. Or a 5.6 miles loop option Kings Mountain Point is a narrow peninsula in the Uwharrie National Forest that juts out into Badin Lake. The area is designated day use only […]

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4th Annual Uwharrie Thru-Hike Scheduled

The 4th annual Uwharrie Trail Thru-Hike and Celebration has been scheduled for May 19th-22nd 2016. Uwharrie Trail supporters and hikers from near and far will come together to backpack the nearly 40 mile trail from Hwy 24/27 in Montgomery County to Tot Hill Farm Road in Randolph County over a period of 4 days. The event […]

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Historic Boy Scout Camps in the Uwharries

Within the boundaries of the Birkhead Wilderness, finding a place to camp couldn’t be easier. In fact, disperse camping is allowed practically anywhere in the 5,160 acre wilderness. The only rules are to stay at least 200 feet away from creeks, streams, and roads. But for me, there are some areas of particular interest along the […]

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NC State Parks to Host “First Day Hikes”

Want to start the new year off outdoors? Do you have a new years resolution to explore more? To exercise? On January 1st, North Carolina State Parks are offering “First Day Hikes” to do just that. At many of the State Parks across North Carolina, park rangers will be offering lead hikes, nature walks, educational sessions, and more. […]

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New Hope Overlook – Jordan Lake

Where: New Hope Overlook, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Activity: Hiking Distance: 2.8 miles Parking: 35.682518, -79.047709 Just 30 minutes from Raleigh, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area has plenty to do. There is hiking, boating, fishing, and even Bald Eagle watching around the 14,000 acre reservoir. This article is for the New Hope Overlook section of the […]

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New Birkhead Wilderness Entrance

The Wildlife Resource Commission has opened a new entrance to the Birkhead Wilderness in Randolph County. This entrance provides the only access on the east side of the 5,160 acre Birkhead Wilderness. As with all of the Birkhead Wilderness area, this section is included in the Uwharrie Game Lands and is open to hunting. Wearing blaze orange […]

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Pilot Mountain State Park

Type: Short hike Distance: 0.8 miles Where: Pilot Mountain State Park, NC Just off of Hwy 52, Pilot Mountain juts up 2,000 feet above the Piedmont. One of the most prominent natural features of the state, the distinct big pinnacle has been a navigational aid for many many years. In fact, the native Indians named the […]

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New GPX Files Added for Hanging Rock State Park

We have just added 6.4 more miles of GPS files for Hanging Rock State Park. This brings the total to 8.3 miles. These trails will take you to all of the top 5 peaks in the park and 2 waterfalls. Download all trails on ExploreNCOutdoors.

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Wolf Rock to Cedar Rock Loop Trail

Type: Hiking Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation: +700/-700 Where: Stone Mountain State Park, Roaring Gap, NC The Wolf Rock Trail is, in my opinion, a hidden gem that offers some excellent views away from the typical crowds that frequent Stone Mountain State Park during any decent weather weekend. Most people come to the park to see […]

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