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Hello and welcome to my hiking and traveling site, Take A Hike.  My name is Justin and I love to travel and hike to see new places.  I live in Raleigh, North Carolina, so most of the pages I've created are dedicated to that region.  I made this website to share my adventures with the world through photographs and custom maps of the locations I've visited.  I originally developed this site as a single, central location to keep all of my maps, photos, and information I've collected in my travels.  Now, I hope to share my passion for the outdoors and all things nature and hope some of this information can help others.

Many of the pages are in varying levels of completeness.  This is due to my busy schedule with work as well as spending most of my free time hiking and being outdoors, leaving little time to work on this site.  But as I find some time here and there, I will continue to update and improve the site.  All of the maps and information are as accurate as possible, but sometimes GPS devices make errors and trail routes can change.  I've included links to the official websites for all the destinations so I would encourage any user of my site to check with the official website to ensure no changes have been made.

To navigate the site, click the Locations tab above to bring up a master list of all the locations that I have created pages for.  Or read some of the blog entries from some of my most recent adventures.

  • Kuykendall Falls It rained overnight, but mostly stopped by daybreak.  We woke up early, had breakfast, and broke camp.  Alex was a little disappointed as he really enjoyed his time camping.  After packing the car, we checked out and headed to Cathys Creek Road (FR-471) in the forest.  Just past Cathys Creek Falls, we parked at the gated FR-5361.  From here, we began a long hike on this forest road.  Not many people travel this road as we ran through spider webs almost the entire time.  In about 2 miles, we passed FR-5361A and then FR-5361B in about another mile.  After about 4.5 miles, we got off the road and bushwhacked down to Kuykendall Creek.  It was ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 2:05 PM by Justin P
  • Headwaters Forest Waterfalls Saturday morning, we woke up and had breakfast and then left camp.  We drove west on US-64 to Rosman and then south on US-178.  Just past town, we turned on East Fork Road and headed into the future Headwaters State Forest.  The NC Forest Service plans to open the newest forest in 2018 or 2019.  But we couldn't wait that long.  Our first stop was a quick one.  We pulled off along the road at East Fork Falls.  It was just a very short ways down to the creek for a very scenic waterfall.I scrambled around a bit on the rocks to get pictures from different angles.  And the view from the top was great as ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2017, 3:45 PM by Justin P
  • Birthday Waterfalls in Pisgah Forest Friday was Sandy's birthday and we celebrated by taking Alex camping in the mountains.  We left Raleigh around 530 and got to Pisgah Forest around 10.  Just before 276, we turned on Old NC-280 and then made a left on Turkey Creek Road and followed to the end.  There was a fork here and we took the right split and immediately rock-hopped across South Prong Turkey Creek.  Right after the crossing, we turned left on a more overgrown path following South Prong upstream.  From here, it was just a short ways further to Laughing Falls.  We could see it from the path, but it was a steep scramble down to the base.  We initially went down to ...
    Posted Sep 6, 2017, 4:04 PM by Justin P
  • Sunflowers on the Neuse Saturday, it was really hot in Raleigh, so I tried to get an early start for a hike on the Capital Area Greenway to see the sunflowers.  I drove to the Auburn-Knightdale Road parking for Neuse River Trail and headed eastbound.  Neuse River Trail starts right along the river but then heads away.  The trail came to Brown Field Road and I went right and followed to the intersection with Old Baucom Road and went left.  The trail followed this road for over half a mile to the sunflowers, which were in peak bloom.This area is the site of Raleigh's Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant.  To dispose of biosolids, the solid waste residual from wastewater treatment, the ...
    Posted Jul 8, 2017, 5:38 PM by Justin P
  • Independence Day at Hickory Nut Gorge For Independence Day, I headed to the Hickory Nut Gorge area for a few more waterfalls before heading home.  After checking out, I took I-40 east to Asheville and then took US-74 Alt towards Lake Lure.  My first stop was at Chimney Rock State Park.  Being a holiday, I knew the park would be crowded, so I got there shortly after opening.  When I arrived, the Hickory Nut Falls Trail was closed due to a downed tree on the trail.  Fortunately, park staff were working to clear it, so I headed up towards Chimney Rock first.I first took the Outcroppings Trail up to Vista Point with nice views of Lake Lure and the gorge.Then I headed ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2017, 4:18 PM by Justin P
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