Hiking North Carolina
by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Randy Johnson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
We hiked the 7 mile loop - "Birkhead Mountains Wilderness" - described in the trail guide. - Hannah's Creek to Birkhead Mountain and Robbin's Branch back to where we started. It was a easy hike. It was a perfect day. Very peaceful and beautiful - with the leaves changing colors.
It took us about 4 1/2 hrs. It could be done faster, but it is worth taking your time.
Uwharrie is a way to experience wilderness, wildlife and diverse plant life. Despite its popularity, it's still relatively easy to find solitude. The terrain is ideal for backpacking while tuning your legs for more ambitious hikes. My life long relationship with this area has provided me with beautiful memories, experience, and anticipation of good experiences to come. I love this place.
This was a very nice hike, well suited to my 58 year old body. I got a late start, so just thought I''d hike in a couple of miles on the Uwharrie to Woodrun Camp. I found the turnoff, but never found the camp, so found a very nice campste about another half mile down the trail. The trail to this point was well blazed and an easy walk.
The next morning headed toward Yates Place. The weather was great and there was some color in the trees which made for a very pleasent walk. Not too much elevation changes so walking was again pretty easy. I set off on Dutchman's Creek at the junction. This trail is more primative that Uwharrie. It is not blazed nearly as well and there is a lot of deadfall on the trail that needs to be negotiated. I hiked down the trail a while and again found a great campsite at the second creek crossing. There''''''''s a bend in the creek so the large campsite was bounded by the creek on two sides.
The next morning I took off and started a fair climb up Lick Mountain. The trail is pretty poorly blazed in this area and I had to keep close attention in order to stay on the trail, especially at the creek crossings. The climb off Lick Mountain is pretty steep, but not all that long and the walking it reasonably flat after this. Before too long I had reached the figure 8 cross with the Uwharrie trail and decided to continue on the Ductchman''''''''s to complete the loop. The trail climbs to a ridge and I thought I would find some campsites there, but I didn''''''''t spot anywhere where people had camped before. I climded down off the ridge and didn''''''''t see any campsites by the first creek crossing. It turns out there was a nice camp at the next crossing of the creek, but by this time I was only two miles from the car so I decided to hike out.
I saw neither wildlife nor people during the entire hike and felt I really had the place to myself, but from the look of the Uwharrie trail I would expect more people in summer.
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