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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.

  • Raven Rock Hike Sandy had Saturday off, so we took Alex to Raven Rock State Park for a day hike.  First, we stopped at the visitor center to get his passport stamped.Then we started hiking the Campbell Creek Loop Trail.  The trail descends to the creek, crossing on a bridge.  We went right to hike the loop counterclockwise.  The trail follows the creek down to the confluence with Cape Fear River.The river was way up today.  Continuing on, we took the Lanier Falls Trail to its namesake.  But high water prevented us from getting down to the falls.We took a short break at a bench near the top.  I climbed down to see the river and falls, but there was ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2019, 4:31 PM by Justin P
  • Charles River Reservation I had to go up to Cambridge Massachusetts for work this week.   I flew up Sunday and stayed at the Royal Sonesta.  I work up early Monday morning, but didn't have to be to work for a while.  So I went for a hike along the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path in the Charles River Reservation.  It's a really nice greenway trail along both sides of the Charles River.The views of the river were really scenic.  And early morning sun was very pretty.The entire trail is about a 17 mile loop, but that's a little long to hike.  Fortunately, there are a number of bridges that provide pedestrian access across the river to make ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2019, 4:09 PM by Justin P
  • Starved Rock Waterfalls Sunday, I had breakfast at the hotel, then checked out and headed to Starved Rock State Park. The park is extremely popular, so I wanted to get there early and beat the crowd. Light morning rain also helped. Several parking lots were closed due to flooding so I parked at the lodge. I first headed to French Canyon. A little spur led into the canyon but I couldn't get all the way to the base due to wet rocks, but could still get a decent view of the falls. Then I passes the lodge and headed towards St. Louis canyon. Along the way, I passed Aurora and Sec Canyon. There's no way to the base of Sec Canyon ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2019, 10:10 AM by Justin P
  • Midewin Prairie Saturday morning I had breakfast at the hotel and checked out, then drove back to Illinois. My first stop was at the visitor center at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. I spoke with a ranger to get an idea if where I might see the bison. They have a webcam on the prairie and it looked like they were in the north of the pasture, but might be difficult to see. He suggested I hike from the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Before I left, I looked through the scopes they had set up to see a bald eagle nest. I could see one parent in the nest and the other on a nearby tree. A young eagle was also in the nest ...
    Posted May 30, 2019, 3:42 PM by Justin P
  • Indiana Waterfalls For Memorial Day weekend, I had United miles that would expire so I flew to Chicago to get waterfalls in a couple more states. Being United, my flight was delayed, Avis was incredibly slow in getting my rental car, and Chicago traffic was terrible. But finally, I made it to Indiana. My first stop was at Fall Creek Gorge, near Williamsport. A short trail led into the gorge. Soon I came to a crossing of a tributary at a little chute. Just upstream on Fall Creek was the most narrow section of the gorge. There were a lot of potholes in the creek here and it was really scenic. And very out of place here in rural Indiana. The trail ...
    Posted May 30, 2019, 3:41 PM by Justin P
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