Category: Hikes near the Triangle

Hikes that are close to the Triangle area

Jan 11 2017

Pilot Mountain State Park, NC

  Pilot Mountain is truly one of the iconic summits in North Carolina. The mountain, a monadnock and the westernmost peak of the ancient Sauratown Mountains, dominates the surrounding Piedmont and can be seen from many landmarks. Due to its ease of access directly off freeway U.S. 52 north of Winston-Salem, this state park is popular and is …

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Jul 07 2016

Birkhead Mountains Wilderness – Uwharrie National Forest, NC

  After a long, tiring Saturday in Great Smoky Mountains National Park I wasn’t up for another big hike on Memorial Day. I simply wanted to rest my feet and kick back, but after I woke up I realized I had little else to do. These are the times when I muster up the energy …

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Jun 23 2016

Rendezvous Mountain State Educational Forest, NC

  Since I had a short hike along Mt. Jefferson, I had enough time to check out another short hike in the region. Debating between E.B. Jeffries Park and Rendezvous Mountain, I chose the latter. Rendezvous Mountain State Educational Forest is a small state unit northwest of Wilkesboro, NC. The park contains the namesake Rendezvous …

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Nov 16 2015

Glen Burney Trail – Blowing Rock, NC

  Only hours earlier I had been freezing my *** off scrambling to put on every piece of clothing I carried as I hiked towards Flat Top Tower. Now as I was plodding my way back up New Years Creek Gorge I wondered why I bothered wearing my fleece, so I stripped and donned only …

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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 …

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Aug 06 2015

Fallingwater Cascades and Flat Top Mountain – Peaks of Otter Recreation Area, VA

  It was my birthday, but Duke was playing in the NCAA Round of 32 in the middle of the afternoon and there was no way I’m missing the game. I really wanted to get outside for a birthday hike but had limited options for driving and hiking. I decided on Peaks of Otter Recreation …

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May 19 2015

Lower Cascade Falls – Hanging Rock State Park, NC

  Hanging Rock State Park is popular for two reasons: views and waterfalls. On my recent adventure to Hanging Rock I took my friends on the Five Peaks Loop, a grand tour of all the best views in the state park. But I also had to show them the park has another superlative, an abundance …

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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 …

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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 …

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Oct 12 2014

Saddle Mountain Trail – Mitchell River Game Lands, NC

  Click here to read Part 1 of my hike on 9-14-14 at Cumberland Knob   Here’s a hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway you’ll want to pass right by. As I left Fox Hunter’s Paradise Overlook fresh off my hike at Cumberland Knob I was galvanized to start the second hike of the day, …

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