Snakes, Snake Bites, and How to Avoid Them

If you spend enough time outdoors on the trail, it won’t take long to come across a snake. The good news is, even though many people are terrified of snakes, chances are pretty low (less than 0.2%) you will ever be killed by one. Although snakes can be found when out exploring almost any month […]

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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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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 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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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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Printable Birkhead Wilderness Map

For those of you that don’t have a GPS or just like carrying a paper map, I created a printable map of the Birkhead Wilderness that contains most of the trails and a few points of interest. Open it here:  Birkhead Wilderness Map View more on the Birkhead Wilderness here.

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Birkhead Mapping Project Nearing Completion

About a year ago, frustrated with incorrect maps and signage in the Birkhead Mountain Wilderness Area, I decided that I wanted to create my own personal maps of the Birkheads. Therefore, I slowly set out with my GPS to hike as many trails as possible so that I could record accurate trail locations, intersections, and interesting […]

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