Category: North Carolina State Parks

Hikes in North Carolina state parks

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 …

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Jul 25 2014

Maple Camp Bald and Mt. Mitchell – Mount Mitchell State Park, NC

  I had never been to the Black Mountains before this trip. They lie in that spot that takes forever to drive to from Chapel Hill. It’s unfortunate because they are beautiful areas and the tallest mountains on the East Coast, and inevitably I have to hike there. My mind was set, I was going …

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Jul 22 2014

Widow’s Creek to Devil’s Garden Overlook – Stone Mountain State Park, NC

  I didn’t have a plan for my hike. It was the day before 4th of July, and I felt like taking the day off and exploring. Unfortunately the forecast was clouds and possibility of storms all afternoon. I set off in the direction of Stone Mountain State Park and had two options in mind …

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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 07 2014

Profile Trail – Grandfather Mountain State Park, NC

  Continuing with my unintentional theme of NC state parks during the current season, last year I took my old roommate Rachel to Grandfather Mountain State Park to do some high elevation ridge hiking. In the Fall of 2012, I hiked the Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak and could only see gray clouds. …

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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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