Raleigh: Dutchmans Creek Trail

Trek along a chain of ancient volcanoes to pristine mountain creeks and an old gold mine on this 14.4-mile, 2-day hike in Uwharrie National Forest.
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Trek along a chain of ancient volcanoes to pristine mountain creeks and an old gold mine on this 14.4-mile, 2-day hike in Uwharrie National Forest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 23.2

Waypoints

DCT009

Location: 35.3808326721191, -79.9908828735352

Cross Watery Branch; follow trail downstream

DCT010

Location: 35.3861351013184, -79.9893035888672

Old volcanic foothill on L; geologists claim these peaks once towered more than 20,000 ft. above sea level

DCT008

Location: 35.3680992126465, -79.9937362670898

Cross Dusty Level Rd.

DCT011

Location: 35.398868560791, -79.9814682006836

Hike ends @ NC 109; arrange car shuttle or retrace steps to trailhead

DCT001

Location: 35.310733795166, -80.0434188842774

Wood Run Trailhead; hike N

DCT002

Location: 35.3125495910644, -80.0204696655274

Trail levels out on weathered, unnamed mountain

DCT004

Location: 35.3434181213379, -80.0246963500976

Cross Big Island Creek. Side trail leads to secluded, primitive campsite near creek

DCT006

Location: 35.369083404541, -80.011962890625

Path follows Dutchmans Creek SE; watch for ruins of old gold mine

DCT007

Location: 35.3636016845703, -80.0005798339844

Turn L onto Uwharrie Trail

DCT003

Location: 35.3350257873535, -80.0247421264648

Trail passes under power lines and climbs small wooded knoll

DCT005

Location: 35.3701515197754, -80.0197830200195

Reach summt of Lick Mountain; descend steeply