GetHiking! at the Uwharrie National Forest's Birkhead Wilderness

The name is a bit deceptive: The trails are blazed and clear, there's a directional sign or two and there's even a sign or two of the area's human past. Otherwise, yes, it's a wilderness. It's also a great 7.2-mile loop hike in the Uwharrie National Forest of central North Carolina. The Uwharries are an ancient mountain range once thought to rise more than 20,000 feet above sea level; today, the highest "peaks" top out below 1,000 feet. We'll hike through maturing Piedmont hardwoods that should still be exhibiting fall color. We'll encounter longer climbs and descents than we have so far, good preparation for our Hanging Rock hike at the end of the month. We'll carpool to this hike (note the meeting place, at Streets of Southpoint in Durham); it's about an hour's drive (two down and back) and the hike should last about three hours, so plan accordingly.


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  • Joe M.

    7.2, 11.5 ... they're just numbers, right? How nice to see that y'all focused on the natural beauty and great camaraderie of today's longer-than-expected day in the woods. Can't imagine a better group to hike with. Thanks!

    5 · November 16, 2013

    • JDH

      In 2011, Jennifer Pharr Davis set the record for thru-hiking the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail in 46 days (that's 47 miles per day). Tonight, she'll tell her story at the Great Outdoor Provision Co. in Raleigh, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (If you're on the west side of the Triangle, take heart: she'll be at the Chapel Hill GOPC tomorrow night at at 6:30.) Learn more about Jennifer's visit and her story, below ... http://tinyurl.com/k6...­

      November 21, 2013

    • Scott

      I went to see Jennifer Pharr Davis speak about her hiking adventures last night at the GOP Cameron Village location. Very inspiring story. Makes me want to hike the AT (not in 49 days though :-) )

      November 21, 2013

  • "Mozi" aka Kathy M.

    Great hike! Thanks Joe - another beautiful Saturday spent with fun people :)

    November 18, 2013

  • Melissa P.

    What can I say but, it sure was AWESOME!! Very pretty scenery!

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for a great time today - I really enjoyed it ... and, Sierra and I only had to walk another 3 miles this evening ... it was a nice break :-)

    1 · November 16, 2013

    • Jacqui

      We all loved her! Hope you bring her to join us again!

      November 17, 2013

  • Mike O.

    Sorry I missed it. I got to bond with my son in WakeMed, though!

    November 16, 2013

    • Jacqui

      I am sure that was wonderful!

      November 17, 2013

  • Aaron

    What an awesome hike! Thanks Joe! I especially liked the crossover section where the trail was pretty narrow. Oh, and when we passed by the boy-scouts the leader said: "I feel like we're at the mall" (IE: Mall-Walkers) - Here's my map-log:
    http://www.mapmywalk.com/workout/431702337/

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Robin

    Beautiful hike with a nice group. Thank you Joe!

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Pam

    Thanks to everyone for a fun day, loved the extra miles! Lots of laughter, which always makes for a great hike. Thanks to justin, who told me at the end, "I'm not the leader" for getting us back to our cars. Really didn't enjoy the hunters, nor, the dead Bambi, and next year, perhaps we should be instructed to wear orange on opening day of hunting!! :). Thanks to Sierra, for all the loving!
    I'm hiking with Laura today! Hope I can keep up!

    2 · November 17, 2013

  • Scott

    Are we there yet?! What a great groups of folks to persevere through an unexpected 4 additional miles and keep such a fun, positive attitude! Thanks everyone for such a great hike!
    @Joe - Thanks for organizing this group, the hikes keep getting better.
    @Janelle - Thanks again for offering the carpool from Cary.
    @Jacqui - Hope your knees are feeling better.

    2 · November 16, 2013

  • Grace

    Great hike on a cool day in the woods! Thanks Joe!

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Bill W

    Perfect day for a hike, and kudos to all who took the additional mileage in stride, I am renaming this hike the "Get lost with Joe hike." From sharing the trail with armed and dangerous deer hunters to the young troopers who conquered the extra 4.4 miles, to the great discussions on the trail - good to finally meet everyone!

    3 · November 16, 2013

  • Cheryl in C.

    Great first hike with this group! Thanks to all for the good humor.

    3 · November 16, 2013

  • Justin P

    Great hike! I enjoyed the extra mileage. Beautiful day out in the woods with a a great group. Thanks for organizing Joe!

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Susan

    What a beautiful day in the Wilderness! And an awesome group of hikers.

    2 · November 16, 2013

  • JDH

    Nice way to spend a Saturday during the autumn season by hiking 7.2++++ miles :>)

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Cristina

    Beautiful 12 mile hike in great weather with a fantastic group of hikers! Thanks Joe.

    2 · November 16, 2013

  • Jacqui

    Sitting here with ice packs on both knees, the ibuprofen has kicked in and I am enjoying a gin & tonic (cheers). Special thanks to Susan for use of the poles and the knee wrap and to everyone else for helping me make it on the final stretch but most importantly, thanks for all the laughter! It was a fine hike with a great group!

    3 · November 16, 2013

  • Manda

    It was a fantastic day, full of many adventures!! We need to start a blog ! How many miles??? LOL

    3 · November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Somehow we added an extra 4 miles to the hike... Quite nice on a lovely fall day! We learned it was the first day of rifle season, hunters out, glad some of our outdoor enthusiasts wore bright colors! Thanks. Joe, for the hike. Sonny and Scott for keeping us on track, and the whole gang for being such great sports!

    2 · November 16, 2013

  • Leah

    I will be meeting you guys at the Tot Hill Trailhead at 8:45 in the morning for Joes hike start time of 9 am.

    November 15, 2013

  • Susan

    I will drive to the Tot Hill trailhead, leaving from the Harrison Street parking lot, across from the McDonalds at 7:15. Riders welcome. Riders with donuts even more welcome.

    2 · November 15, 2013

    • Cristina

      How many riders with donuts can you accommodate? :>)

      November 15, 2013

    • Susan

      3

      November 15, 2013

  • Mark O.

    Sorry have to bow out for the first time this year. Have fun everyone.

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm planning to drive, as I'm bringing my dog along. I have a Ford Escape SUV, so I'll have room for at least 1 more and could take 2 more if someone is ok riding in the back seat next to my dog. I'll be at SouthPoint.

    November 15, 2013

  • Cheryl in C.

    Hey..one more in Cary here..also near Trader Joes..just joined the group and hike. What's the Cary carpool situation?

    November 15, 2013

    • Cristina

      Hi Cheryl in Cary! Apparently you have 2 options, you can ride with Janelle if she has room or you can ride with JDH in the 3rd row bench seat so that no one sits in the middle.

      November 15, 2013

    • Cristina

      You found a 3rd option - way to go!

      November 15, 2013

  • Cheryl in C.

    Susan, I will meet you in the parking lot behind McDonald's off of Harrison Ave in Cary at 7:15. Parking lot used to be for Carolina Pottery, soon-to-be Bass Pro shop. Hard to tell from all the comment "trails", but looks like we will see JDH's carpool there at that time also? I'll email you my phone number and you can send me yours.

    November 15, 2013

    • Susan

      Ok, see you tomorrow.

      November 15, 2013

  • Manda

    What time are we scheduled to meet at Tot Hill and start the hike ??

    November 15, 2013

  • Joe M.

    If you're driving directly to the trailhead and not carpooling from Streets at Southpoint, we will meet at the trailhead off Tot Hill Farm Road. See map ... https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zk9eC_OpdoLo.kiD9cFVxBXPE

    November 13, 2013

    • JDH

      Perfect coordinates; no confusion now! Bill Watson, Lori, Cristina, and I will drive directly to the trailhead off Tot Hill Farm Road. Is there a parking lot or do we park on the shoulder of the road? Thanks for all the details.

      November 15, 2013

    • JDH

      On Google earth I see what appears to be a gravel parking lot.

      November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone leaving from Southpoint in Durham have carpool room still? Alternative is that I have room for up to 3 in my SUV. My goal is to be back by around 4pm

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone have room in a carpool from Southpoint? Alternative is I can take up to three others from Durham. My goal is to be back by around 4pm

    November 15, 2013

  • JDH

    Have room for 2 more hikers. Carpool location in Cary will be behind the McDonalds on Harrison Avenue (exit 287 off I-40) in the parking lot of Carolina Pottery (soon to be Bass Pro Shops) located in the Harrison Square shopping center across the street from SAS. Carolina Pottery is not visible from Harrison Avenue. The best landmark is the McDonalds on the right-hand side of the road as you are heading south on Harrison Avenue after exiting I-40 at Exit #287. The parking lot of Carolina Pottery is behind the McDonalds.

    November 12, 2013

    • Joe M.

      Let's stick with the posted 7:30, to avoid any confusion. If we leave on time, we'll have plenty of time to hike.

      November 13, 2013

    • Joe M.

      We're getting on the trail via the access off Tot Hill Farm Road, not Lassiter Mill Road. https://mapsengine.goo...­

      November 13, 2013

  • Brian

    Can't wait

    November 12, 2013

  • John S.

    I wish I could go. This hike is close to my house.

    November 11, 2013

  • Zoe

    Sorry, 50 is too many to hike with.

    November 11, 2013

  • Chatham K.

    Will be out of town

    November 10, 2013

  • Bill W

    November 8, 2013

  • Pam

    Can you give an Andrews to where we will hike at the park, and what time we will actually start hiking-or close to the time we will start hiking. Thanks!

    November 5, 2013

    • Joe M.

      We should be hitting the trail around 9 a.m.

      November 5, 2013

    • Bill W

      The Tot Hill Farm Trailhead at 9AM?

      November 8, 2013

  • Carolina

    Awesome! Thanks Melissa and Aaron.

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • Melissa P.

    Hey Aaron, do you mind if Carolina rides with us too?

    November 8, 2013

    • Aaron

      Sure. No problem.

      November 8, 2013

  • Carolina

    Melissa, I live right off Six Forks too! I would like to carpool!

    November 8, 2013

  • Melissa P.

    Awesome Aaron!

    November 7, 2013

  • Melissa P.

    If anyone that lives near Six Forks area in Raleigh, want to carpool?

    November 6, 2013

    • Aaron

      Sure. I'm near Six Forks.

      November 7, 2013

  • John G

    I'm looking at Google maps / directions and appears to run 1 hr 40 min from North Raleigh, via us1, us64, nc49; 1 hr 45 min via I-40.

    November 7, 2013

  • Melissa P.

    Hi All, where at Southpoint will we be meeting?

    October 24, 2013

    • Joe M.

      In the lot in front of the Old Navy, which is east of Fayetteville Road (see map).

      October 24, 2013

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