Birkhead Mountain Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews

Birkhead Mountain Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Asheboro, NC that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.8 miles 1426 feet Out & Back

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The Birkhead Mountain Wilderness was established by the 1984 North Carolina Wilderness Act. The goals are to protect and preserve the natural resources and wilderness for public use. The Wilderness includes 5,160 acres at the northern end of the Uwharrie Mountains, considered to be the oldest on the Northern American Continent. Evidence of early Indians date back over 12,000 years. The Catawba Indians and small tribes inhabited the area when the Europeans began exploring the region in the late 1600s. By 1760, explorers and traders began to exploit the area, some eventually settling in the area. The Birkhead family raised a son, John Watson (Watt), who was born in 1858. The 3,000 acres he acquired over the years were made up of many small tenant farms. Thus the mountain range became known locally as the Birkhead Mountains. This old plantation (Christophor Bingham) is the core of the Wilderness. Evidence of early Indians and settlers can often be found. These archeological and historic artifacts and sites hold clues to Americas past. Federal Law protects such sites and artifacts on public land. If you discover such remains, please leave them undisturbed. All trails within the Wilderness are designated hiking trails, and are blazed in white paint. Travel by horse, motorized vehicles, or bicycles are prohibited.

24 days ago

I just relocated to NC and have been on this trail a few times already. I love that you don't have to go too far before you get the quiet nature. Beautiful hike and the trail is well marked. I'll be doing this one more in the future. Watch out for the falling acorns. :-)

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4 months ago

Good Hike went half way with kids, stopped at cooler knob mountain.

5 months ago

just did a little piece but we did really enjoy it. theres much more to do so id live to go back and get back on the trail!!

5 months ago

I did the Robin's Branch to Birkhead / Hannah's Creek loop. Nothing strenuous, beautiful forests, nice creek, and some history mixed in as well. Saw a few old stone walls, collapsed stone chimney, and the site of a 1780 plantation. Quite a few obstacles in the form of fallen trees, as this loop doesn't appear to be used all that often. Wear tick repellant, and watch out for snakes. Lots of turtles and crawdads to be seen down by the creek. I plan to return to hike all of the other trails in the area.

1 year ago

With my son Tyler on 9/05/15.
I wore a Garmin Fenix 3 and my son Sunnto Ambit 3 Peak.
After this hike I returned my Garmin and bought the Sunnto.
Garmin recorded horrible distance/pace/elevation.
Only thing it recorded correctly was heart rate and time which was an average heart rate
of 152 for 3:23:54.
Sons distance was 9.9 while I recorded 10.6.
We went a little past the sign in the pictures posted and turned around and went back. Lost sight of the white blazes and decided to go back wat we camn.
I was rucking a 35lb pack with 3 liters water added and ran out of water with around a mile left.
Planning on going back this coming weekend

1 year ago

This was the first co-op hike for me and my 11 year old son. We completed the loop in a little under 6 hours starting at the Thornburg trailhead and looping back. Great scenery and from my little bit of hiking experience, a moderate trail. Will go again in late fall and will review again.

1 year ago

Cool hiking loop moderate enjoy hiking here with my dogs and primitive camping best views when there is no foliage

3 years ago

We combined Hannah's Creek Trail with the Robbins Branch Trail and the Birkhead Mountain trail to complete a loop (we left from the Tot Hill trail head which adds another four miles to the 8 mile loop. Birkhead Mountain Trail featured a climb from Tot Hill Parking to hiking along several ridges, connecting to the other two trails. In November there were hunters sharing the trails, so recommend wearing bright colors that don't blend in with greens, browns or fall colors. Blaze orange is best. We also came across several scout troops planning to camp. This trail would be heavily wooded in the summer, and I really prefer more exposed hiking. Still was a great workout with enough variety to keep you interested. Trail markers are good and blazed white; in the leaf covered forest, you could lose the trail, so be sure to stick with the blazes.

4 years ago

The USFS notes this trail as difficult, but it is better rated as moderate but only because there is an elevation gain of over 300' (+/-) near the beginning of the Tot Hill TH. Otherwise, the trail would best be described as easy. Some of the most interesting parts are the ancient rocks jutting out of the mountain (the "bones" of the mountain). It is a great trail for kids and families and dogs because it is designated as hiking only (no bikes, atvs, horses), although it is not uncommon to see piles of horse manure and hoof tracks on the trail.

5 years ago

Nice trail, not bad at all. easy to lose your place in the fall and winter.