Great trail! We went hiking after a week of heavy rain. For the most part the trail was dry but there were some parts that were muddy. The streams were high but not bad. We really enjoyed hiking this trail. Lots of hills to climb which made it for a fun hiking day.

Harder than expected. Some steeper climbs but a very good workout. Nice and peaceful

Fun trail with interesting flora & fauna, several creek crossings, somewhat strenuous. Lots of campsites along trail

Mostly trees no water

backpacking
24 days ago

Beautiful trail! Definitely no joke with a pack on—there are some very steep sections. In my opinion the most beautiful part of the trail is walking along the creek. This is the first section if you turn right and go counterclockwise around the loop. My husband and I went that way and then ended up camping somewhere just past the top of Lick Mountain. There were several beautiful spots by the creek, would love to come back and camp at one of those next time. Views aren’t incredible, but there are some decent ones at points through the trees. Crowded on Saturday. Friday afternoon/night hiking and camping there was only one other person.

One of my favorite trails in uwharrie!

Some muddy areas as of 3/28. Several creek crossings were fun at first but became a little tiresome at the tail end of the hike. Lots of hills and elevation changes but there wasn't any noteable payoff like a viewpoint to make the challenge seem worth it (just my personal opinion). After the hike my gf noticed that I had a tick burrowed into my leg, so I'd recommend using some bug repellant or wearing long sleeves and pants.

I wish I was better prepared for this hike. It was longer than I anticipated. Plus the trail head was about a mile and a half in from the parking area so that added 3 miles on two are already 6 1/2 mile loop. Bring plenty of water and there isn’t much of a breeze even though you’re on a mountaintop.

Not a super exciting trail, but pleasant enough. Only met one other party. Noticed two dispersed campsites off the first stretch. Only a little muddy in the lowest areas. Many small streams.

hiking
muddy
private property
rocky
2 months ago

18 miles was a little much, but took a 3 mile out-and-back from Yates campground to the 109 trailhead. Great mix of elevation, foliage and stream crossings. Would venture out again for a longer jaunt; so quiet and peaceful here!

loved loved loved this trail!!

Challenging with the climbs once you reach the mountain. I started from the campground and got turned around some so it turned into 11 miles round trip. Some area walking along the stream aren’t well marked so if you don’t have the app open you might miss a turn if you aren’t expecting it.

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
3 months ago

Awesome backpacking trip! I cut the trail in half and camped halfway through. Lick mountain is no joke if you’re carrying a pack but the primitive camping spots are worth it.

Really great trail. Lots of diversity in terrain and plenty of creeks. I’m sure after a good hard rain— this would be impassable. I camped at Yates place and hiked dutchman creek loop via Uwharrie. Not a lot of people (aside at the camp site). I have Verizon and had service most of the trail.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Loves every bit of this trail. A little bit of everything!

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