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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
12.6 mls
Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:
6 hours with 1 hour and 15 minutes of breaks
1,883 ft
Uwharrie National Forest
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Park on Tower Rd/SR 1134. 35.45964, -79.95995

By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins (Contact Zach)

The Uwharrie National Recreation Trail is a long-distance trail that runs south-to-north through the heart of Uwharrie National Forest. In its current version the UNRT is over 25 miles long, and eventually it will be constructed to connect with the Birkhead Mountains Wilderness to form a 40+ mile trail, a perfect thru-hiking opportunity close to the largest cities in North Carolina.

The Uwharrie Mountains, once a mighty coastal range with peaks over 20,000 feet, have eroded to steep, rocky hills that top out around 1,000 feet in the national forest. This hike follows the newest, northern section of the Uwharrie National Recreation Trail where you’ll experience some of the highlights of the region. Beginning at Tower Rd the first 2-mi section follows the contours of rocky Dark Mountain. The next 3.1-mi section is the most scenic part of the hike as it climbs to the grassy bald of Little Long Mountain with panoramic views of the Uwharries. The last section is a quick out-and-back to King Mountain, the tallest peak in the national forest at 1,020 feet. Accessible roads crisscross the UNRT, affording the ability to vary the length of this trip for a shorter day hike or a longer backpacking trip.

Mile  Summary and Highlights
0.0 - Follow Uwharrie Trail north from Tower Rd
1.2 - Rocky stretch below Dark Mountain
1.9 - Jumping Off Rock Trailhead on Flint Hill Rd
2.9 - Cross Poison Fork then parallel stream for a half-mile
4.3 - Little Long Mountain summit (922 feet) and trail shelter with views
5.3 - Joe Moffitt Trailhead on Thayer Rd
6.3 - King Mountain summit (1,020 feet), highest in national forest
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