This story was published on Jun 09, 2014
Five Triad Hiking Trails You Shouldn’t Miss
Birkhead Mountains Wilderness
Distance: 1.4 – 3.1 miles
Covering about 51,000 acres and crossing three counties, Uwharrie National Forest is the most expansive park in central North Carolina. That means it’s heavily used and well-known, but within its breadth are a series of remarkable, less popular trails. Park at Robbins Branch Road Trailhead on the northern side of the forest. From there, choose between Hannah’s Creek (1.4 miles), Robbins Branch (3.1 miles), and Thornburg (1.8 miles) trails — or a combination. Campfires are allowed along all three.