Uwharrie National Forest Birkhead Mountains Wilderness Trail

Charlotte, North Carolina

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This long loop through the heart of the Birkhead Wilderness combines three trails—the Robbins Branch Trail, Hannah’s Creek Trail, and the Birkhead Mountain Trail—to create a challenging loop from the trailhead at the end of Robbins Branch Road. The long trail traverses a series of challenging hills and climbs up to the peak of Birkhead Mountain almost 1,000 feet high. You won’t get spectacular views here as you would in South Mountains State Park and along other trails west of Charlotte, but the trail does follow and cross several nice creeks. The forest in this area is mature and beautiful, and the wilderness designation keeps it from being overused by other recreationists, making it a great place for hiking, birding, and wildlife viewing. The trail and the wilderness it’s in are real hidden gems to the east of Charlotte. The best camping is 20 minutes to the southwest at Arrowhead Campground, just outside the town of Uwharrie.

Uwharrie National Forest: Birkhead Mountains Wilderness Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This long loop through the heart of the Birkhead Wilderness combines three trails—the Robbins Branch Trail, Hannah’s Creek Trail, and the Birkhead Mountain Trail—to create a challenging loop from the trailhead at the end of Robbins Branch Road. The long trail traverses a series of challenging hills and climbs up to the peak of Birkhead Mountain almost 1,000 feet high. You won’t get spectacular views here as you would in South Mountains State Park and along other trails west of Charlotte, but the trail does follow and cross several nice creeks. The forest in this area is mature and beautiful, and the wilderness designation keeps it from being overused by other recreationists, making it a great place for hiking, birding, and wildlife viewing. The trail and the wilderness it’s in are real hidden gems to the east of Charlotte. The best camping is 20 minutes to the southwest at Arrowhead Campground, just outside the town of Uwharrie."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Charlotte
Distance: 6.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Uwharrie National Forest

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