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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.

  • Wake County Wildflowers Sunday morning, I headed out to check out the wildflowers locally.  Being mid-April, they should really be popping.  My first stop was the Reedy Creek entrance to William B. Umstead State Park to hike Company Mill Trail.  There were a lot of spring beauties flowering along the trail, especially where it followed the creek closely.Along Crabtree Creek, there were a couple spots where Pinxter azaleas were blooming over the creek.I also spotted a great blue heron fishing in Crabtree Creek.It had been raining when I drove in this morning, but the sun had come out and it had become a beautiful day.  After finishing up the trail, I headed into Cary to Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve ...
    Posted Apr 15, 2018, 3:20 PM by Justin P
  • Spring Beach Day Sandy had Saturday off, so we decided to take Alex to the beach.  We left around 630 in the morning and made it to Fort Fisher State Recreation Area a little after 9.  First, we got Alex's passport stamped at the visitor center.Then we set off on the Basin Trail, starting off through a maritime forest.The dense trees, stunted by the harsh environment made a tunnel to hike through.  The trail then popped out at an open beach area adjacent to where 4WD vehicles can access the beach.  It was really windy in this open area and kind of a relief when the trail headed back into the woods.  The trees and shrubs really made a difference ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2018, 3:49 PM by Justin P
  • Bike Trails at Medoc Mountain For St. Patrick's Day, Sandy and I took Alex for a hike to Medoc Mountain State Park.  We left around 730 arriving a little before 9.  The visitor center wasn't open yet, so we did a short loop around the Air Awareness Trail.  By the time we finished, it had opened and I got Alex's passport stamped.From here, we crossed the street and picked up Bear Swamp Trail.  It starts out in an open area next to the road then descends gradually to a crossing of Bear Swamp Creek on a big bridge.Past here, the trail led to a split at the Saponi Mountain Bike Trail.  This trail is one way for bikers and the ...
    Posted Mar 18, 2018, 2:55 PM by Justin P
  • The Big Easy Friday, I couldn't wait to get out of the hotel.  I left early and headed west on I-10 towards New Orleans.  I wanted to visit the French Quarter, but didn't want to deal with the traffic and parking.  So I parked at Crescent Park, with ample safe and free parking and walked into the city.  Crescent Park is a linear park, essentially a greenway trail along the river leading to the French Market.  There were a few joggers and dog walkers, but otherwise not crowded at all.  In a shirt ways, I passed by the rusty rainbow, a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks.  The views of the New Orleans skyline were great from across the river ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2018, 4:04 PM by Justin P
  • Tuxachanie Trail Thursday, I continued heading west.  After breakfast and checking out, I took I-10 west back into Mississippi.  Near Biloxi, I got off on MS-67 to US-49 and parked at the trailhead for Tuxachanie Trail.  This trail leads around 22 miles through Desoto National Forest, though I wouldn't be hiking the entire thing.  Hiking east, the trail follows old roads and was easy to follow with white diamond blazes.  In about a mile, the traffic noise diminished and all I could hear was wind rustling through the leaves.  In about three miles, the trail crossed the county line from Harrison to Stone county.  The Forest Service map showed a pitcher plant bog near here but I was ...
    Posted Mar 15, 2018, 3:38 PM by Justin P
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