Category Archive: Piedmont

Hikes located in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina. This region includes hikes near the Triangle and near the Triad cities.

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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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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Jul 07 2014

Indian Creek Trail – Hanging Rock State Park, NC

  I recently got my first GPS device and have been wanting to try it out and compare it to GPS apps on my phone. After a long weekend I slept in Sunday and decided to try my GPS on a trail in Hanging Rock State Park I’ve never hiked before. The Indian Creek Trail …

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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 …

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May 05 2014

Cook’s Wall – Hanging Rock State Park, NC

    I thought I would continue the beginnings of my blog with another hike in the Piedmont area I did last April. Since I have a huge backlog of hikes over the years, it seems best to post hikes occurring around the same month and season. Cook’s Wall is a 2.2-mile trail (one way) …

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Apr 30 2014

Grindstone Trail to Pilot Mountain – Pilot Mountain State Park, NC

  Pilot Mountain – an iconic peak, wildly popular, and easily accessible. Yet I’ve never been there. So I thought this would be a good hike to kickstart my blog. I have driven by it and peered at it from various viewpoints all over northwestern North Carolina. I saved Pilot Mountain State Park as one …

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