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    Uwharrie N. F. in Nc.

    Does anyone know anything about the trails in this nat. forest? It is only an hour and a half from my brother's in Chapel hill. I hope to be down there in a week or so. Is this place worth the hiking? What about backpacking? Is it crowded, worthless, nice, or just doesn't compare with the western part of the state? Any one been here?

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    Charley, check out this thread. I believe several of the folks posting there are familiar w/ that area.
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=28307
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    Definitely worth hiking. Several nice trails. It is an ancient mountain range with the highest peak at 1000' ft above sea level. Nice rolling hills. Been going there 20 years.

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    Thank you guys.

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    Check out the Uwharrie Trail, Wood Run is an excellent place to backpack.

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    Been there twice doing a sort of figure 8 loop on the Uwharrie and Dutchman's Creek trails. We've done the loop both ways to make things more interesting and went in mid October both times.

    That part of the forest has very few views. There's a spot here and there where you might be able to catch a glimpse of a distant hill through the branches but that's about it. No scenic vistas.

    We saw zero wildlife on either trip. No even a bird or a squirrel. That was almost spooky.

    Very few people. I think we may have passed 3-5 parties on either trip.

    The elevation change on that loop is something like a half a mile if I recall which isn't bad but there's a few spots that are quite steep, namely Big Lick Mt. and the areas south of there.

    I'd be willing to go back for a group hang or something if such a thing ever happens there, but I got the bug bag at my first sight of Linville Gorge. Its worth the extra distance IMO. They just don't compare.

    I've been to Umstead -which is much closer to you- once for a quick 2-3 mile hike and from what I saw they are pretty similar in terms of scenery. Umstead is however MUCH more crowded, especially on the weekends.

    I think there's also some are along the south side of Falls Lake that's part of the MST which might be worth looking into.

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    Its a great place to backpack. Like the others have said, not many distance views but the trail is in good shape. I did the whole trail last March and I loved every second of it. The only people you might see are Boyscouts roaming around. We did meet a nice couple that was backpacking and now they go on every trip with us. We will be north of there in a couple of weeks. Your welcome to join us, just follow Slowhikes link on his post.

    Oh, and keep your eye out for Bigfoot. Animal Planet was looking for him down there last Saturday. I don't guess they found him... http://www.salisburypost.com/News/02...tch-w-pics-qcd

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