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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.

  • Boulderfield Falls Attempt Sunday, we left Waynesville and headed to Shining Rock Wilderness.  Parking at the national forest area in Camp Daniel Boone, we got on Little East Fork Trail (#107) and headed into the wilderness.  The trail is all uphill following its namesake upstream but it was a gentle slope and very pleasant hike.  In about a mile, we followed a path down to the creek and took a break, enjoying views of the cascades.At 1.3 miles, there was a gnarled old tree and another path down to the creek.  This one was very steep and difficult but there was a nice little waterfall on Little East Fork Pigeon River here.I was glad we got this one today as ...
    Posted Aug 12, 2018, 1:39 PM by Justin P
  • Flooded Falls It had rained almost nonstop for the last week and there was flooding in the mountains so a great time to chase waterfalls.  We left at 5 and headed to NC-215 north of Rosman.  Our first stop was a gravel pull off 2.6 north of US-64.  We continued on the road a hundred feet or so to a smaller grassy pull off and then bushwhacked down towards Big Bearwallow Creek.  There was some semblance of a path, but it was very steep.  As we got close to the creek, we could see something upstream, but there was no path at all.  We had to cross the creek and wade through dig hobble to the base.It was ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2018, 2:54 PM by Justin P
  • South Mountains Day Hike Sunday, we headed west to get away from the heat in Raleigh to South Mountains State Park.  The forecast was a high in the mid 70s and it was around 65 when we started.  Our first stop was the visitor center to get Alex's passport stamped.  From the Jacob Fork Parking area, we took High Shoals Falls Loop Trail to Chestnut Knob Trail and began a steep ascent.  Fortunately, it was still cool out so the climb wasn't too bad.  In just over a mile, we came to the Jacob Fork River Gorge Overlook.The view from here was really beautiful of the gorges formed by Jacob Fork and Shinny Creek.  High Shoals Falls was partly visible even ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2018, 2:28 PM by Justin P
  • Lotus at Harris Lake Saturday was a little cooler than the rest of the week, so we took Alex and headed down to Harris Lake County Park for a hike. It was mostly overcast, but no rain and while the temperature was a little lower than it's been, it was still quite humid.  After parking, we started hiking the Peninsula Trail in the clockwise direction.  Several people were fishing and a few boats cruised by.  The water level was low but the lake was still very scenic.About half-way through the loop, the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant came into view.  I went out to the lake at one spot for pictures of the power plant.A couple were taking pregnancy photos ...
    Posted Jul 21, 2018, 4:18 PM by Justin P
  • Sunflowers at Dorothea Dix Sunday, I went for a hike to see the City of Raleigh's sunflower fields.Parking at the State Farmers' Market, I hiked up Centennial Bikeway Connector, part of the Capital Area Greenway, to Blair Drive and followed that to Dorothea Dix Park.  Last year, I had hiked the Neuse River Greenway to see the sunflowers near the wastewater treatment plant.  Since so many people were jumping the fence to take pictures, this year they planted them in a park and even made paths through the fields to see the sunflowers up close.  Much less photogenic soybeans are now planted at the treatment plant.  I got to the park around 10 and it was already crowded as the sunflowers in ...
    Posted Jul 13, 2018, 4:34 PM by Justin P
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