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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Wilderness Hike

Posted April 2, 2010 8:59 a.m. EDT
Updated April 2, 2010 10:00 a.m. EDT

Have you taken a hike or nice walk lately? If so, where did you go and what did you find? Please discuss and if you'd like, share directions.

Cindy, Rufus and I recently plunged into the wilderness nine miles south of Asheboro. And when I say "plunged" I mean that literally for Rufus, our six month old pup, who loves to dive into mud puddles. We wore Rufus out on a six mile hike in the Birkhead Mountains Wilderness located just off NC 49. I have attached some photographs from our hike on Wednesday of this week. The weather was perfect - sunny and warm with highs in the 70's.

Birkhead isn't Linville Gorge but it does provide the Piedmont's only federally-desinated wilderness area covering more than 5,000 acres. The Birkheads are part of the ancient Uwharrie range. The land is maintained by the Forest Service and includes old homesteads, gold mines and farms. We plan to return in the fall because of the impressive array of hardwood trees here.

Spring colors were just beginning to come alive in the forest. It was nice to walk without seeing a single soul all day. Plus, there weren't many cobwebs either.

How about you? Have you been hiking lately?