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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.

  • Goose Creek Hikes Saturday, we took Alex for a day hike to Goose Creek State Park.  First, we stopped at the visitor center to get Alex's passport stamped.The park had taken some damage hiking Hurricane Florence and the far end of Palmetto Boardwalk was closed.  So we did this one as an out and back.  The boardwalk leads through a beautiful swamp and then a more open marsh area.At the caution tape was our turnaround point.  Since the boardwalk doesn't connect to the other trails we parked at Ivey Gut Trailhead and started hiking Tar Kiln Trail.  As the name suggests, the trail passes the remains of several old tar kilns. Some were hard to discern with all the ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2018, 3:12 PM by Justin P
  • Thanksgiving at the Eno Thanksgiving morning, we took Alex for hike at Eno River State Park.  Although he's been here many times, this is the first time we remembered his passport, so stopped by the visitor center first to get it stamped.Then we parked at the trailhead for Cox Mountain and started hiking down the trail.  Alex isn't a fan of the suspension bridge over the river, but he made it across.At the trail split, we went left to begin climbing the small mountain.  The trail has now been almost completely re-routed.  The climb is much less steep as it takes a longer, switchbacking route up Cox Mountain.  Down the other side, the trail follows Eno downstream.  We could ...
    Posted Nov 24, 2018, 2:22 PM by Justin P
  • Sandhills Hikes I took the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off so Sandy and I could take Alex for some hikes.  We headed south towards Fayetteville for our first hike at Carvers Creek State Park.  Our first order of business was to get Alex's passport stamped.Then we set off on Rockefeller Loop Trail heading down the old gravel road.  I was surprised to see a fair amount of fall color down here in the Sandhills.We didn't have much up in the Triangle and most of the trees down here are pines.  As we got towards the former millpond, there were a few old buildings.The most impressive was the Rockefeller House.  It's not open to the public currently, but ...
    Posted Nov 23, 2018, 4:36 PM by Justin P
  • National Take a Hike Day Saturday was National Take a Hike Day so we took Alex to Umstead State Park for a Hike.  It was a little chilly but had dried out after a very wet week and it was very pleasant hiking weather.  Hiking on Sycamore Trail, we descended to Pott's Branch, which had a lot more water than usual.Most of the leaves were down, but the creek was really pretty on an autumn morning.  Where the trail split, we went straight and switchbacked down to Sycamore Creek.  A short detour led to the dam below Sycamore Lake.In the high water, there was a nice waterfall flowing down.  We took a little break here so Alex could enjoy the views.Back ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2018, 2:22 PM by Justin P
  • Yellowstone Falls Sunday morning, I broke camp after waking.  The rest of the group was unsure of their plans so I took off towards Graveyard Fields on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I managed to get a legal parking spot at the overlook; with little fall color left, Graveyard Fields wasn't as popular as usual.Hiking down towards the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, I first stopped at Second Falls.  It was sunny and the lighting was poor, but it was really pretty in high water.As this one is crowded, I moved on after a few pictures.  I finished up Mountains-to-Sea Access (#358B) and went right to go eastbound on MST.  In about a quarter-mile, I turned right off ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2018, 3:52 PM by Justin P
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