Hooker Falls

Where: Hooker Falls, DuPont State Forest What: Hiking Distance: 0.3 miles (0.6 round trip) Parking: 35.202123, -82.620218 Hooker Falls is a popular waterfall and swimming hole in DuPont State Forest just a 0.3 mile walk from the Hooker Falls parking lot on Staton Rd. Although the waterfall is not high (only about 12-14 feet), the waterfall […]

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Triple Falls

Where: Triple Falls, DuPont State Forest What: Hiking Distance: 0.4 miles (0.8 round trip) Parking: 35.202123, -82.620218 Triple Falls is a three-stage 120-foot waterfall located in DuPont State Forest. The falls are a popular attraction, recognizable in the movie The Hunger Games (here is a YouTube video detailing the locations). Park in the Hooker Falls parking […]

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Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Where:  Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head Type of Activity: Exploring, Hiking, Kiting, Hang Gliding Distance: Variable This article is a deviation from the standard post you will find at ExploreNCOutdoors. Traditionally we encourage exploring the great outdoors, usually by providing a map, a trail, and a few pictures at the location. Jockey’s Ridge State Park doesn’t […]

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Faith Rock

Where: Franklinville, NC Type of Activity:  Short Hike Distance: 0.3 mile (0.6  mile round trip) Parking:  35.743479, -79.697020   This hidden gem in the little town of Franklinville, NC on the banks of the Deep River is an excellent place to explore with an interesting historical significance. Park in a small gravel pull off on Andrew […]

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Currituck Banks Reserve Boardwalk Trail

Where: Corolla, NC Type of Activity: Short Hike Distance: 0.3 miles one way (0.6 round trip) This little gem of a trail is located at the end of Ocean Trail in Corolla. There is a small parking lot for visitors to the hiking trail. The 0.3 mile trail leads from the parking lot to a viewing platform on […]

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Newfound Gap

Where: Newfound Gap, NC/TN State Line Type of Activity: Hiking, Scenic Distance: Variable Newfound Gap, on Highway 441 between Cherokee and Gatlinburg, TN, is a popular stop for visitors who want to see some amazing views of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. At 5,046 feet, this parking lot is actually the lowest pass over the […]

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Mingo Falls

Where: Mingo Falls, near Cherokee Activity: Short hike Distance: 0.2 miles (0.4 round trip) Mingo Falls is a 120 foot waterfall, just 15 minutes north of Cherokee off of Big Cove Rd. Although the trail says the falls are 0.4 miles from the trailhead, the falls were actually only about 0.2 miles from the small parking lot, making […]

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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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