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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.

  • Little Table Rock Sunday morning, we broke camp and left Linville Falls.  We got on NC-181 south towards Morganton for a few miles and turned onto FR-496, following the gravel road for about a mile to where it crossed over Steels Creek and parked.  Just upstream from the road is Upper Steels Creek Falls.  I scrambled up to the base of the waterfall, but there was a lot of downfall all over the base.  While Upper Steels Creek is just above the road, Newt Falls is just below.  However, it was a lot harder to reach.  We hiked back on the road a short ways to an old trailhead for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.  The trail has since been rerouted ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2018, 3:39 PM by Justin P
  • Beech Mountain Waterfalls Saturday, we took Alex out to the mountains for a weekend of hiking and camping.  It was going to be hot, so we wanted to go as high as possible.  We left around 630 and arrived around 10 at Beech Mountain, the highest incorporated town in the eastern US.  Our first stop was at the Buckeye Recreation Center.  I went inside to purchase a trail map as Beech Mountain is very confusing to get around.  Then we started down the Falls Trail.  This trail led down from the playground descending via switchbacks to Buckeye Creek at the confluence with Grassy Gap Creek.Buckeye Creek Falls was just upstream of the confluence.  We stopped for a few minutes at this surprisingly ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2018, 4:53 PM by Justin P
  • Stone Mountain Trails Saturday, we took Alex to Stone Mountain State Park for National Trails Day.  It was really going to be hot in Raleigh, so thought the mountains would provide some relief.  We left around 7 and arrived at the park around 930, stopping at the visitor center to get a stamp for Alex's passport.Then we drove to picnic area and started our hike from here, taking the connector trail down to pick up Stone Mountain Loop Trail.  At the old chimney, we went right to head up to the summit of Stone Mountain.  There are a couple open areas along the way with nice views from the exposed rock.The second one has a nice side view of the ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 4:05 PM by Justin P
  • Kings Mountain Trail By the time we woke up Sunday morning, the rain had stopped.  It was overcast, but we didn't get any more rain.  After breakfast, we packed up camp and once finished, set off on the Kings Mountain Trail, a National Recreation Trail.  This trail makes a big loop, passing through Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park.  At the end of the road through the primitive group campsites, we turned left to hike the loop in the counterclockwise direction.  In less than half a mile, the Ridgeline Trail that connects to Crowders Mountain State Park in NC split to the right.  We saw a luna moth on the ground just off the trail.Right after this ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2018, 4:35 PM by Justin P
  • Flooded Lilies Saturday, I met up with Justine for some hiking and camping in South Carolina over the Memorial Day Weekend.  We left Chapel Hill a little after 8 and took I-85 to Charlotte and then south on I-77.  In South Carolina, we took US-21 south to Landsford Canal State Park.  The Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies should have been in peak bloom this weekend.  However, heavy rains in the NC mountains had caused flooding on Catawba River and the water level was really high.Arriving at about 11, we had lunch and then started our hike.  At the guard lock, we went left at the split for Nature Trail, which follows the river closely.  Although many of the spider ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2018, 3:49 PM by Justin P
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