Hike the Uwharrie National Forest

Let's do a Saturday morning hike in the Uwharrie National Forest. This little-used area has a very nice trailhead parking lot on highway 24/27, and offers a number of options for hiking loops of various lengths. All of the trails are rated easy to moderate, and there are only very small, shallow stream crossings. Trailhead is only an hour and ten minutes from meetup point at I-485 and Highway 74 in Matthews.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a beautiful day and a great group. Thanks for the wonderful day!

    November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Jim, for a great hike!! It was nice meeting everyone. Hope to see you on another hike soon.

    November 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great weather,nice trail,a little too long for me.Met nice people.Looking forward to another hike.

    November 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great time ... many thanks to Jim for leading an outstanding trip!

    1 · November 11, 2012

  • Jim

    Excellent hike today! We learned that in the Uwharrie Forest, for thousands of years native peoples have inhabited the area, often using the same trails and resources that we enjoy today...OK, that was an inside joke for those of us that we're on the hike. But it was a really great hike. Perfect weather, and still lots of color.

    November 10, 2012

  • Patti M.

    Wonderful fall day - good hiking and good people!

    November 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent!

    November 10, 2012

  • Jim

    Latest weather forcase for Uwharrie area Saturday is 68 and sunny, no chance of rain, little or no wind. It will be nippy in the morning though (low of 37), but once we get moving that shouldn't be a problem.

    November 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first outing.Will meet u at trailhead if I can find it.Any directions available or address for GPS?

    November 6, 2012

    • Jim

      There is no address for the trailhead, unfortunately, but it is very easy to find. From Albermarle head east on highway 24/27. You will cross the bridge over the Pee Dee River, and in about two or three miles you will see a sign pointing to the trailhead on your left (north side of the highway). It's easy to spot. Meet us there about 9:15-9:20. If we are late it's because we waited for someone to show up at the meetup point. Any questions or problems call me at[masked]

      November 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone want to carpool from Huntersville or Concord to the trailhead. I live half way between Huntersville and Concord on Route 73.

    November 4, 2012

    • Jim

      Thanks Hal. If we leave the meetup point in Matthews on time we should arrive at the trailhead about 9:15-9:20.

      November 5, 2012

  • Jim

    Weather update for Uwharries, 10 November: sunny all day, hi of 64. Essentially the same as today. I did a recon of the area today and found that there are still quite a few colorful leaves on the trees, although they are coming down fast now. The ground is very dry and the streams have dwindled to puddles, but some rain is expected on Tuesday and possibly Sunday. Should be perfect hiking conditions by Saturday. It may be nippy at the trailhead, around 50 degrees or so. But since we will be hiking through the middle of the day, make sure you dress appropriately. What's cozy in the cool of the morning might be too hot half-way through the hike. I'll have plenty of extra water in a cooler in the car for when we finish, but make sure you carry enough with you to get you through. Finally, we need to think about who wants to drive and who wants to ride. I have room in my car for three, and have one already signed up. Does anyone else want a ride to the trailhead?

    November 3, 2012

    • Patti M.

      Hello, Jim - I would like to ride with you if there is still space available in your car. Thank you!

      November 4, 2012

    • Loretta M.

      Jim, just making sure my spot in your car is reserved?

      November 4, 2012

  • Jim

    Our first weather update for November 10th looks good, high of 65, partly cloudy in the Uwharrie area. On the other hand, I'm informed by my hunting friends that 10 November is the first day of deer hunting season. That should not pose a problem for us, as we will be starting our hike well after the early morning when most hunters are active, and we will be moving in a group along a well-established trail. I will also be wearing a blaze-orange vest over my backpack. Those who are concerned about being in the woods during hunting season ought to consider buying a blaze-orange safety vest or hat. You can get such a vest for about ten bucks at Lowes, and probably at Wal-mart or Kmart as well, and hats at any outdoor outfitter store.

    October 31, 2012

  • Jim

    Hey everyone, the address of the meetup location is now posted. The shopping center is called "Matthews Plaza" and is located on the south side of highway 74, less than a mile west of where I-485 crosses highway 74 (Independence Blvd). There is a large Ashley Furniture Homestore there, Elevation Church, a South 21, and a Radio Shack. Also, there is a Courtyard Marriott across from the shopping center, on the north side of highway 74. I'll be driving a green CRV mini SUV, and I can take up to three people with me if anyone wants to park and ride.

    October 25, 2012

    • Loretta M.

      Jim, I'd like to park and ride with you - thanks!

      October 26, 2012

    • Jim

      That would be fine. See you in the parking lot at 8:00!

      October 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope to attend but will have to see; will RSVP when I know something solid.

    October 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good morning! So are we all supposed to meet at the trail the day of the hike or meet somewhere in Waxhaw and leave there? And where is this trail? Maybe I'm not looking in the right place for this info on the meetup site.

    October 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome! Another question...does one need to wear hike boots or can we wear a good pair of running/walking shoes. My husband and I have Tevas and Adidas running shoes.

      October 19, 2012

    • Jim

      I always wear hiking boots, but you could do this hike in running/walking shoes, I think. There are some parts of the trail that are rather rocky, so a sturdier shoe/boot would make sense. But most of the trail is softer, typical piedmont forest floor, with the occasional root and rock embedded in the trail. Whatever you go with, I'd wear two pair of socks. I generally wear a thick wool sock over a thin nylon one to reduce friction against my feet and provide some cushioning. If it turns out that's too much padding you can always take off a layer.

      1 · October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any new details? What trail? How many miles. I did about 12 miles last fall ... I enjoyed is and have wanted to go back.

    October 16, 2012

    • Jim

      We have several options, depending on how many people sign up and how far they want to hike. The 'classic' Uwharrie Loop hike is a little over 12 miles, beginning at the trailhead on highway 24/27 and proceeding north on the Uwharrie Trail, over Dennis Mountain (elevation gain only about 250 feet over about a mile) and down to the intersection with Dutchmans Creek Trail, and following that trail back to the trailhead. The same loop can also be done in reverse. Those who do not wish to complete the entire 12+ miles may cut across the middle on a forest service road that connects the two trails about half way through the loop, creating a shorter 8 mile trek. Another option is to simply hike to the top of Dennis Mountain (about 4.5 miles), have lunch and hike back. I would like to do the whole loop, but I'm open to input from the others.

      October 17, 2012

    • Patti M.

      I have never hiked here before - any option is fine with me based on what the group decides.

      October 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to hiking Uwharrie!

    October 12, 2012

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