Category Archive: Best hikes near the Triangle

Best hikes near the Triangle - within 2.5 hours drive time

Sep 30 2015

Flat Top Tower – Moses Cone Memorial Park, NC

  As I passed through the tunnel under the Blue Ridge Parkway a cold gust of wind hit me in the face chilling me to the bone. At this moment I realized I was woefully unprepared for this hike, the weather conditions were much more brutal than I remembered from the NOAA forecast. Initially I …

Continue reading »

Apr 22 2015

Five Peaks Loop – Hanging Rock State Park, NC

  One of my favorite hikes in North Carolina is the Five Peaks Loop which takes you on the grand tour of Hanging Rock State Park. If I have friends who want advice on a good day hike not too far from the Triangle, usually this is my first suggestion. Hanging Rock State Park encompasses the …

Continue reading »

Oct 29 2014

Buckquarter Creek and Holden Mill – Eno River State Park, NC

  It was one of those days I did not feel like waking up early and driving a few hours to hike. Sometimes it is too much effort to get up on the weekend and drive 3 hours each way. My days usually come to 12+ hours with the hike and drive. It is difficult to …

Continue reading »

Jul 31 2014

Stone Mountain and Wolf Rock – Stone Mountain State Park, NC

  I was raring to go on a hike this Sunday but the weather and my sleep patterns were not cooperating. Most of the mountains were cloudy with a 50% chance of thunderstorms. Instead of my planned Linville Gorge hike I went to Stone Mountain State Park because of its convenience and its views are …

Continue reading »

Jul 10 2014

Basin Creek to Caudill Cabin – Doughton Park, NC

  If you’re looking for a hike with few people, history, water, and more water, then the Basin Creek Trail is a perfect fit. I’ve been saving this trail for a rainy day. Although I’ve been to Doughton Park multiple times, never have I ventured into the remote watershed of Basin Creek. Since it is …

Continue reading »

May 12 2014

Moore’s Knob – Hanging Rock State Park, NC

    Moore’s Knob is the highest point in Hanging Rock State Park at 2,579 feet and the tallest mountain in the Sauratown Mountains. The Sauratown Mountains are separate from the Blue Ridge Mountains and are unique because of their location in the Piedmont in close proximity to the Triad metropolitan area. Hanging Rock State …

Continue reading »