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• New Hope Overlook Recreation Area.
Time to train for your epic 2013 backpack adventures! Let’s hike the Red Trail counterclockwise at the New Hope Overlook area of Jordan Lake. The trail is posted as a 5.4 mile loop (5.1 miles by my GPS). The trail follows the shoreline of the peninsula with pastoral lake views for much of the loop this time of year. The hike is strenuous due to many short but steep hills and a 2-3mph pace for a ~2 hour trip including breaks. We will regroup at trail forks with several stops for overlooks, water/snacks and photos. Recommended: backpacks (loaded to full weight), hiking boots, trecking poles, water, snacks, raingear and layers appropriate for the weather (for easy delayering as you warm up). Not recommended: children or dogs.
Please only RSVP if you are definitely able to attend: no shows and last minute cancellations will be noted. From US 64, turn south (LEFT from Cary/Apex) (RIGHT from Pittsboro) on Beaver Creek Road/SR1008 and continue for three miles. Turn right onto Pea Ridge Road and continue for 2.2 miles. Turn right onto W. H. Jones Rd, continue .1 miles to park entrance. After entering the park, pass the booth (closed with no fee this time of year), turn right (to avoid the campsites) and you will soon see the parking lot on your left. We will meet in the first parking lot on your left near the trailhead.
New Hope Overlook map: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/jord/pics/newhope.pdf