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    Rob May reviewed Guilford-Mackintosh Trail

    9 days ago

    A solid little track. As I’ve upped my hike totals, I am less likely to give 4s and 5s. This trail was wide, soft and well-marked. Worth doing once, but not enough diversity to drive 30 minutes or more to trek again. Excellent facilities, a nice waterfront and more to do than simply jaunt through the woods.

    Rob May completed Guilford-Mackintosh Trail

    9 days ago

    Rob May reviewed Pinnacle Trail

    22 days ago

    State park tracks are great for family outings, but walking with hundreds on a summer weekend doesn’t feel like ‘getting out there.’ As far as a trail, it is wide and walkable; the real exercise kicks in at the 1.5 mile area - steep but not strenuous for regular hikers. Overall, I like but probably won’t do it again.

    Rob May added Pinnacle Trail

    22 days ago

    Rob May completed Pinnacle Trail

    22 days ago

    Rob May added 5 peaks

    23 days ago

    Rob May completed 5 Peaks Trail

    23 days ago

    Rob May reviewed Profile Trail to Calloway Peak

    28 days ago

    I may have to go back and re-score all previous hikes. This is a 5 all the way - beautiful foliage, multiple stream crossings, technical climbs, gorgeous views, well-maintained trail and great parking lot amenities.

    Seemed to be on the high side of 7.5 miles RT, which took right at 4 hours, 55 minutes. Great to see so many families out on this trail - even though we encountered multiple groups, the trail did not seem crowded.

    Scramble up the boulder tumble takes some agility and heart, and on the way back down, it takes patience. Don't rush this hike - it's breathtaking all the way up and all the way down.

    Rob May reviewed Pilot Mountain Grindstone and Ledge Spring Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Pedestrian rocky pathway with hellacious vertical. A couple of stretches really worked the hammies and glutes on the way up. Not much to see other than trees on the way up; with all of the car traffic I would probably find solace elsewhere if I were a deer.

    Rob May added banner elk

    about 1 month ago

    Rob May added Boone

    about 1 month ago

    Rob May added SF

    about 1 month ago

    Rob May completed Osprey Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Rob May reviewed Birkhead Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    A great walk in the woods if you are looking for a moderate trail that has elevation, tranquility and solid markings. A little wet in places, but should dry out fast. Made the turn at Mile 4; didn’t see much of a scenic payoff for going another mile in. Gravel parking lot at Tot Hill holds about 8 cars.

    Rob May completed Birkhead Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Rob May reviewed Lake Norman Lakeshore Trail

    3 months ago

    This is what a good hike looks like - plenty of tree cover, views of the lake, hard-packed trail and episodes of elevation without exhaustion. Lots of hikers on a gorgeous spring day., but didn’t seem crowded. 4.5 miles of joy.

    Rob May completed Lake Norman Lakeshore Trail

    3 months ago

    Rob May added Charlotte

    3 months ago

    Rob May completed Southwest Park Southern Trail

    3 months ago

    Rob May completed Southwest Park Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    Rob May reviewed Lake Monroe White Trail

    4 months ago

    Not well marked. Not much wildlife. But gorgeous tree canopy and calm environment.

    Encountered turkey hunters so be respectful of noise.

    Rob May completed Lake Monroe White Trail

    4 months ago

    Rob May completed Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    Rob May reviewed Moores Knob Trail

    4 months ago

    Not hard, per se, but a sure heart-pumper if you take the loop trail first and finish with the direct descent back to the parking area. Definitely worth the payoff view at the top.

    Rob May completed Moores Knob Trail

    5 months ago

    Rob May added Flagstaff

    5 months ago

    Rob May completed Hagan Stone Park Loop Trail

    6 months ago

    Rob May reviewed Bill Faver Lakeshore Trail

    6 months ago

    Rob May completed Bill Faver Lakeshore Trail

    6 months ago

    Rob May completed Owl's Roost Trail

    8 months ago

    Rob May reviewed Deep River Loop Trail

    8 months ago

    Super little loop with good elevation to keep the heart pumping. Plenty of offshoots if you decide to try a diversion.

    Rob May completed Deep River Loop Trail

    8 months ago

    Rob May reviewed Lake Louisa State Park Trail

    9 months ago

    Rob May completed Lake Louisa State Park Trail

    9 months ago

    Rob May reviewed Cox Mountain Trail

    10 months ago

    Rob May completed Cox Mountain Trail

    10 months ago

    Rob May reviewed Split Oak Forest Green Trail

    10 months ago

    It's September. It's hot. It's barren of mammals. A sandy slog to see some butterflies, but I was here for the exercise, right? Took the South, then North Green Loop and added in the Blue Lake Loop, for around 6.5 miles. Came to see the Split Oak - but walked right passed it. It wasn't even marked.

    Quiet except for the IOA planes heading north. My calves and hamstrings are cursing me from the sandy trails, evident on about 60% of the combined path.

    Nice track, just empty of wildlife. If I had fur, I probably wouldn't be out in the sun much, either. (Did spot what appeared to be bobcat prints, along with some deer and small critters.)

    Rob May completed Split Oak Forest Green Trail

    11 months ago

    Rob May reviewed Company Mill Loop

    11 months ago

    Having explored the other Umstead trails, I wanted to tackle this one. Really a mirror image of the Sycamore Trail.