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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.

  • Lake Waccamaw and Lumber River On Saturday we headed to southeastern North Carolina for some hiking and umexpected waterfalls.  We first headed to Lake Waccamaw State Park, arriving around 10.  First, we got Alex's passport stamped.On display in the Visitor Center was a whale fossil that had been discovered in the lake, evidence that this area was once a shallow sea.Then we followed Boardwalk Trail 2 down to the lake.  It was lightly drizzling when we started but stopped shortly.  The boardwalk ended at a nice view of the lake.Then we got on the Lake Shore Trail and headed south.This trail leads about four miles right along the shore of the lake.  As it stays close to the shore, there ...
    Posted by Justin P
  • Merchants Millpond Hike Sunday morning, it was very cold when we woke up and it was tough getting out of the tent.  After we got our stuff together, we drove to the visitor center at Merchants Millpond State Park to park and hike the entire Lassiter Trail today.  First, we got Alex's passport stamp.It was quite chilly this morning, but hiking at a brisk pace kept us warm.  We stopped again at the scenic boardwalk near the picnic area - I think this is the most scenic part of the trail.After splitting away from the Fire Road, the trail led past Lassiter Swamp, where Merchants Millpond begins.After this point, it looped back around and soon we were on familiar trail ...
    Posted Feb 18, 2019, 4:38 PM by Justin P
  • Flat Tire Sandy had this past weekend off, so we took Alexander out for a weekend of camping and hiking.  Our plan was to head out to Dismal Swamp State Park and then camp at Merchants Millpond.  We left early Saturday morning and about 30 minutes from Dismal Swamp, we got a flat tire, conveniently in the middle of nowhere.  I was able to change it out for the donut and we continued to the park, which is right next to a rest area so hopefully a better location to deal with our tire issue.  I went into the visitor center to get Alex's passport stamped.Since I was here, I asked the ranger where we might get another tire since ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2019, 5:02 PM by Justin P
  • Birding on Clayton River Walk Saturday, we took Alex for a hike on the Clayton River Walk on the Neuse River.  This greenway is part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and East Coast Greenway.  Parking at the Sam's Branch Greenway trailhead off O'Neil Street, we followed the trail along its namesake to the confluence with Neuse River.  There is a lot of development along the trail and we spotted a red-shouldered hawk in an open area.The Butterfly Garden is near the end, with benches and bike racks shaped like butterflies, but it was too cold for actual butterflies.  At Neuse River, the trail led upstream to a big bridge over to the river left side.Past here was the Covered ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2019, 3:56 PM by Justin P
  • Winter Hike at Hanging Rock Sunday, we headed to Hanging Rock State Park for a late January hike.  Arriving around 930, we first got Alex's passport stamped at the visitor center.After that, we hiked down the short trail to Upper Cascades Falls.Usually, this one is very crowded but early in the morning, we were the only ones here.Although melting quickly, there were some icicles right beside the waterfall.After some pictures we started heading back.  At the stone bench where the trail turns sharply, we got off the trail and bushwhacked down towards the creek.  There's no trail and it's very steep, but it was obvious to follow the path.  About half way down, we came to a small ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2019, 4:31 PM by Justin P
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