Backpacker Magazine Raleigh: Uwharrie National Recreation Trail  

This 19.3-mile, 2- to 3-day backpacking trip follows an old trapper's route to pleasant streams, old volcanic peaks, and the wooded digs of numerous wildlife.


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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 20 Jun 2005 4:02:43 PM
Activity: Backpacking
State: North Carolina (NC)
Distance: 19.29 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 3859 ft
Total Loss: 3920 ft
Net Change: -61 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Backpacking, Mt Gilead, North Carolina, Raleigh
Rating:   3 rating(s) Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: US 1 S to US 15 S to NC 24 W. From Troy, drive 9.8 miles W on NC 24 W to trailhead on R.

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Distance: 19.29 mi Points: 1444
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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Uwharrie National Recreation Trail

Points of Interest

UST001

Location: 35.310734, -80.043419
Head N; you'll soon hear the whispering cascades of Wood Run

UST002

Location: 35.347347, -80.037392
Hug deep ravine in Upper Wood Run, then clamber up Dennis Mnt.

UST003

Location: 35.352566, -80.029953
Big Island Creek campsite; trail leaves creekside, crosses FR 517, then ascends ridgeline between watersheds

UST004

Location: 35.346748, -80.003616
Wade Dutchmans Creek; veer N into mixed deciduous forest

UST005

Location: 35.368099, -79.993736
Cross Dusty Level Rd. (dirt FR 1146); continue N

UST006

Location: 35.380833, -79.990891
Serene campsites dot creekside

UST007

Location: 35.398869, -79.981468
Cross NC 109; gentle climb N to Cattail Creek

UST008

Location: 35.424465, -79.984581
Switchback up worn volcanic rock to oddly shaped Morris Mnt.

UST009

Location: 35.451126, -79.973618
Cross Panther Branch; hike up saddle between double peaks of Horse Mnt.

UST010

Location: 35.461433, -79.958687
Optional second-night campsite

UST011

Location: 35.468464, -79.960213
Ridgeline on Dark Mtn..; trail passes col between two peaks

UST012

Location: 35.479832, -79.951401
Trails ends @ Jumping Off Rock trailhead; car shuttle back

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