Walkers Creek Trail Hike, Uwharrie Mountains
Join us Saturday, November 6 at 10am for a morning hike in the northern part of the Uwharrie Trails. The Walkers Creek Trail is part of a 47-acre tract of land that was purchased by the U.S. Forest Service from the North Carolina Zoological Society. The trailhead is located in Randolph County at
6871 High Pines Church Road, Asheboro, NC 27205.
Plenty of parking, no facilities.
We will hike the northern mile of the newly opened northern section of the Uwharrie Trail. This new section extends south over King Mountain, Little Long Mountain, Poison Fork Creek to Jumpin’ Off Rock Trailhead. We will hike 1 mile of this moderate level trail to Walkers Creek and return on the same path for total of two miles.
It features a stone waterwall (short distance off trail) and has one easy creek crossing. Wear hiking shoes and bring a walking stick if needed. The trail passes through recovering hardwoods cut over 50 years ago, pine plantation, and a nice laurel forest at the turn around.
Here is a link to the entire section on All Trails Walkers Creek Trail
Triad Chapter member and President of the Uwharrie Trailblazers David Craft will be our hike leader. “We started building trail on Little Long Mountain in 2012 for the [Three Rivers] Land Trust before the Forest Service acquired the land. In 2020 we completed the Walkers Creek Section and opened the entire trail in January 2021. This last gap in the historic trail from Jumpin’ Off Rock to High Pine Church Rd.”
Read more about David and the Trailblazers at this Our State article. https://www.ourstate.com/uwharrie-forest-trail-randolph-county/
This year the Uwharrie National Forest celebrates its 60th anniversary.
The Uwharrie National Forest was designated on January 12, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. It is one of the most recently formed in the National Forest System and is comprised of 51,481 acres.
REGISTRATION: Click here to REGISTER.
We look forward to seeing you on the trail! Note: a native plant “hike” is usually at a relatively slow pace and includes many stops.
David has offered to share seeds from the meadow on his land after the hike. The meadow is located very close to the trailhead. Bring some envelopes (such as junk mail envelopes) and plan on staying a little later if you are interested in collecting seed. Seeds include sunflowers (Helianthus), snakeroot (Eupatorium), grasses, and others.