Uwharrie National Forest — Birkhead Mountain Trail

Denton, North Carolina

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The Birkhead is a funny wilderness. Signs at trail intersections and occasional blazes are helpful, true, but not in the true spirit of a wilderness. This wilderness also sports stone and mortar fire pits and a plaque commemorating the Christopher Bingham plantation built around 1780. Subtle though they may be, these traces go against the wilderness ethic of Leave No Trace. Thus, consider the Birkhead a sort of “starter wilderness” for those uncertain of their preparedness for the real thing.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

The Birkhead is a funny wilderness. Signs at trail intersections and occasional blazes are helpful, true, but not in the true spirit of a wilderness. This wilderness also sports stone and mortar fire pits and a plaque commemorating the Christopher Bingham plantation built around 1780.

Subtle though they may be, these traces go against the wilderness ethic of Leave No Trace. Thus, consider the Birkhead a sort of “starter wilderness” for those uncertain of their preparedness for the real thing.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Denton
Distance: 7.2
Elevation Gain: 621 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Best in Summer
Local Maps: USFS Birkhead Mountains Wilderness, Uwharrie National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Uwharrie National Forest — Birkhead Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

12/30/2009
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Winter is a good time for this trip. No leaves on the trees enabled some nice views from ridge tops. Be sure to wear some blaze orange as we saw two groups of hunters coming out as we arrived and heard gunshots in the distance throughout the afternoon. Nice moderate hike. Lots of trees down across the trail made it hard to find at times. Ended up on a detour trail that cut off most of the Hannah's Creek section. Would go back again because it's so close to home.


8/15/2008
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5/9/2008
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My three year old son and I did this loop as a two night backpacking trip. It was a great trail and we both had lots of fun.



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Apr 2018