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Backpacker Magazine – January 2014

Trail Mix: South

Experience the best the south has to offer: a shoreline hike in Florida, stargazing in North Carolina, and spelunking in Kentucky.

by: Stuart Peck

Photo by Mason Boring
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Stargazing
New River State Park, NC 

At night, breaks in second-growth pine canopy along the Fern Nature Trail open skylights to the heavens. Start adjacent to the Wagoner Access Area and take the .9-mile riverside loop. Hint: The ranger station has a good telescope. “Call before you arrive,” says Patrick Barry, “and they’ll share it with your group.” Want more? Kayak here via 4.5 lazy miles on the South Fork New River. Contact (336) 982-2587; Website




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Mar 03, 2014

Neither Coon Branch Natural Area nor Oconee SP allow back country camping. I'm curious if you did so without permission to write the article.

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