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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.

  • Dogwood Canyon Tuesday, we checked out of the hotel and headed east towards Missouri.  Crossing the state line near Joplin, we got off the highway for our first waterfall in Missouri.  Grand Falls is right along the side of the road.  It's only 12 feet high, but over 100 feet wide.  There are a lot of rocks at the base to climb around and view the falls from different angles.  A dam is just above the falls and only the lower section is natural.  After some pictures, we continued into the Ozarks towards Roaring River State Park.  Parking near the lodge, we first hiked the Devil's Kitchen Trail.  At the split, we went right to follow the loop counterclockwise.  Numbered ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2018, 4:42 PM by Justin P
  • Roaring River Tuesday, we checked out of the hotel and headed east towards Missouri.  Crossing the state line near Joplin, we got off the highway for our first waterfall in Missouri.  Grand Falls is right along the side of the road.  It's only 12 feet high, but over 100 feet wide.  There are a lot of rocks at the base to climb around and view the falls from different angles.  A dam is just above the falls and only the lower section is natural.  After some pictures, we continued into the Ozarks towards Roaring River State Park.  Parking near the lodge, we first hiked the Devil's Kitchen Trail.  At the split, we went right to follow the loop counterclockwise.  Numbered ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2018, 4:27 PM by Justin P
  • Flint Hills Waterfalls Monday, we left Emporia and headed south for more Kansas waterfalls in the southern Flint Hills area.  Our first stop was Elk Falls in the aptly named town of Elk Falls.  We first went to the north side of the bridge, but the road was closed so went around to the south side and parked.  An old bridge, closed to vehicular traffic, leads across the river and the waterfall was visible just upstream.  Wow, what a difference from yesterday.  This waterfall was really raging.  Crossing the bridge, we scrambled down to the river.  The water was too high to climb around much, so after a couple pictures, we went back up.  Another path led down from the other side and ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2018, 4:26 PM by Justin P
  • Little Falls on the Prairie The second week of October, we headed to the Kansas City area to get waterfalls in Kansas and Missouri, 2 more on the 50 states waterfall challenge.  We got to Kansas City Saturday evening and drove to Topeka.  After checking in to the Hampton Inn, we had sushi for dinner at Mizu and soaked in the hot tub before heading to bed.  Sunday morning, we headed south towards Overbrook, and parked along 129th Street next to the bridge over Camp Creek.  We picked up the Landon Nature Trail and hiked north through a field.  The trail was very overgrown and it was lightly drizzling so we wore water shoes for the short hike.  In about a half mile, there was ...
    Posted by Justin P
  • Hiking in Hurricane Florence Hurricane Florence had minimal impact in the Triangle area.  And although local parks, state parks, national parks and even national forests were closed, Triangle Land Conservancy did not close their nature preserves.  It was still raining on Sunday, but only lightly, so we took Alex to Horton Grove Nature Preserve, north of Durham.  It rained for most of the hike, but never too hard and the trees absorbed most of it, so we managed to stay mostly dry.  Along Jordan Trail, we spotted a box turtle along the trail.He didn't seem to mind the rain.  And we made a stop at the farm pond along Sowell Trail.The water level was up, but it didn't look like ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2018, 12:51 PM by Justin P
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