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North Carolina Trails

Raleigh: Uwharrie National Recreation Trail

This 19.3-mile, 2- to 3-day backpacking trip follows an old trapper's route to pleasant streams, old volcanic peaks, and the wooded digs of numerous wildlife.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 31.0

Waypoints

UST003

Location: 35.3525657653809, -80.0299530029297

Big Island Creek campsite; trail leaves creekside, crosses FR 517, then ascends ridgeline between watersheds

UST010

Location: 35.4614334106445, -79.9586868286133

Optional second-night campsite

UST001

Location: 35.310733795166, -80.0434188842774

Head N; you’ll soon hear the whispering cascades of Wood Run

UST004

Location: 35.3467483520508, -80.0036163330078

Wade Dutchmans Creek; veer N into mixed deciduous forest

UST005

Location: 35.3680992126465, -79.9937362670898

Cross Dusty Level Rd. (dirt FR 1146); continue N

UST007

Location: 35.398868560791, -79.9814682006836

Cross NC 109; gentle climb N to Cattail Creek

UST008

Location: 35.4244651794434, -79.9845809936524

Switchback up worn volcanic rock to oddly shaped Morris Mnt.

UST012

Location: 35.4798316955566, -79.9514007568359

Trails ends @ Jumping Off Rock trailhead; car shuttle back

UST002

Location: 35.3473472595215, -80.0373916625976

Hug deep ravine in Upper Wood Run, then clamber up Dennis Mnt.

UST006

Location: 35.3808326721191, -79.9908905029297

Serene campsites dot creekside

UST011

Location: 35.4684638977051, -79.9602127075195

Ridgeline on Dark Mtn..; trail passes col between two peaks

UST009

Location: 35.4511260986328, -79.9736175537109

Cross Panther Branch; hike up saddle between double peaks of Horse Mnt.