Explore the most popular forest trails near Mount Gilead with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Kind of a boring hike, lots of geckos and snakes. smelled very good!

My buddy and I cans out from Ft. Bragg and we actually bit off more than we can chew. We opened with the 11 mile hike, ran out of water, then took the green south then merged into another trail that took us back to my car. Bring extra water. It is very challenging but amazing!

on Uwharrie Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Started in the Uwharrie trail, on the way back picked up Woods Run to its end, and finally a wide road back to the trailhead. Ended up adding on an extra mile, so 4.6 miles total. Most of the trail was covered in leaves, so a little slippery at times, but pretty easy overall.

I visited with a buddy for 3 days and 2 nights. My Garmin clocked the route at 20 miles instead of the posted 18. Not a big deal, just adding that bit of info. The loop was a great combination of ups and downs. Temps were in the mid 30s during the day and teens and low 20s at night. Water was available throughout. It’s not flowing, but it can be used if filtered or boiled. There are plenty of campsites and the trails are clearly marked and maintained. The NE section of the Uwharrie Trail looks to be what’s left of a controlled burn, back on Dutchman in the NW, the trees and flora return. Lick Mountain is basically straight up with slight switchbacks. Dennis is similar. Hunting season or the cold may have scared off the wildlife as only birds were present. The trails were pretty well trafficked especially on Friday. Ran into scouts, couples, and a handful of hunters. There aren’t many views, but if you like hiking and camping for the sake of hiking and camping and/or if you have someone who wants to give backpacking a try, this is a good place to visit.

Fun but challenging trail for my wife and I. Lots of up and down hills so I would definitely say its a moderate trail. bring plenty of water because most if not all the creeks dried up. The trail itself is very rocky and has many roots so I would recommend hiking boots. we also fell several times due to rocks and roots.

Challenging steep trails. Well marked and thanks to everyone being considerate that the area is actually very clean. Very few leftover trash, like a couple or so. Some streams were dry but there were some that had decent amount of water to filter. Hunters were already present and there were gunshots at night.

all creeks are dry

Just a note if you are taking the dog the smaller creeks are dry at the moment

hiking
8 months ago

I really liked this trail but for some reason most of the water was dry so missed out on some running creeks - it works out well for dry feet. Not too many people on the trail however there aren't lots of parking spots so get there early. There aren't too many inclines. Would love to come back when the waters are running (:

My wife and I set out with another couple to hike the trail over the weekend in early June. Unfortunately we had a bit of a late start and didn't get onto the trail until the late afternoon. We started at the southern trailhead and made it about 5 miles before setting up camp for the night. There are plenty well established campsites along the southern portion of the trail, to include spots at higher elevation all the way down to small spots in the valley located next to fast flowing creeks. Plenty of thick overhead coverage to keep you cool, and for the most part the trail was pretty dry. I've noticed there isn't a whole lot of information online about the trail so a few things to note:
-Unlike a few trails in NC there are not pumps or shelters with potable water to access.
-Yates Camp doesn't have any access to potable water despite being a large camp ground.
-The southern portion of the trail is less demanding, and heavily populated with day trip groups such as Boy Scouts, Class trips, and families... it was incredibly noisy in the area even at sun down.
Overall its a great trail with a few sections that are physically demanding and enjoyable. Hope to hike it again in the fall.

My wife and I set out with another couple to hike the trail over the weekend in early June. Unfortunately we had a bit of a late start and didn't get onto the trail until the late afternoon. We started at the southern trailhead and made it about 5 miles before setting up camp for the night. There are plenty well established campsites along the southern portion of the trail, to include spots at higher elevation all the way down to small spots in the valley located next to fast flowing creeks. Plenty of thick overhead coverage to keep you cool, and for the most part the trail was pretty dry. I've noticed there isn't a whole lot of information online about the trail so a few things to note:
-Unlike a few trails in NC there are not pumps or shelters with potable water to access.
-Yates Camp doesn't have any access to potable water despite being a large camp ground.
-The southern portion of the trail is less demanding, and heavily populated with day trip groups such as Boy Scouts, Class trips, and families... it was incredibly noisy in the area even at sun down.
Overall its a great trail with a few sections that are physically demanding and enjoyable. Hope to hike it again in the fall.

A great place to take the family. It offers many things to do.

Hiked and ran 50 miles in 1 day, this was one of the trails I'd hit. Tons of bugs, especially cobwebs in the morning. The middle section with the giant trees and fern was the best. Had to use a bug net over my head due to too many cobwebs blinding me and around 20 or so mosquito bites when they bit through my clothes.

It's true, this trail is treacherous sometimes. It rained and thunderstormed when I was out there and everything became very slippery. You lose the trail the most when it runs into a campsite. Sometimes it's real hard to find the white blaze again. This place is very hilly, which makes it that much more challenging.

I usually hike mountains. For views and exercise. But I completed this hike yesterday. Very quite and wet from rain previous days. I enjoyed the hike. Did about 11 miles. Lots of big trees down throughout the hike.
Trail was easy to follow. Some issues around river crossings but not that hard if you took a minute to look around.
Will do some of this area in the future. .Only an hour from Charlotte. Where my kids live...

backpacking
Monday, May 15, 2017

This map does not include the actual Woodrun Trail. But it is a great loop.

Did the full loop but there are many chances to make the trip longer or shorter. Went backpacking and while the steep parts can be very tiring it was a great trail. Camping was nice as there are many spots to stay at.

backpacking
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nice trail with lots of streams to get water. It is well marked but around the streams there are numerous paths made by campers that can lead you down the wrong trail if you are not careful.

backpacking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2nd time doing a full thru-hike of the completed 19.4 mile section. Parked one car at Jumping Off Rock Trailhead and started at the 24/27 Trailhead.
First 6 miles or so we're very wet, lots of stream crossings, but only had one noticable extended uphill. Made it to Hwy 109 trailhead (mile 11) in 5 hours. Continued to the only real bridge near the turnoff for West Morris Mountain Campground. Spent the night next to the river
Next day had several of the larger uphill sections, hiked the remaining 6 miles in about 3 hours.
Good hike, no real overlooks, but probably do it again the the fall when the leaves are changing

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Very nice hike, had some fairly steep inclines but nothing outrageously difficult. Quite a few water crossings so wear boots. Crosses several other trails so you can make a loop if you desire.

Parked at 109 trailhead and headed south to intersection with Dutchmans Trail and back, about 7 miles RT.
No other cars in the parking area Saturday at 1pm. About a mile of the trail exhibits the after effects of a recent Forest fire. Interesting to see that the 2 firebreaks actually worked.
Nice mix of up and down, a few stream crossings, but enough rocked to keep toes dry. One is a log crossing; not difficult, but was giving a group of students pause. Fortunately they let me pass.
One other car in lot upon my return.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

great trail!

2-25-2017. My grandson and I did a short out and back section of Dutchman's Creek trail. it was our first visit to Uhwarrie and his first real trip where he carried a pack and supplies. The day was warm, too warm but the night cooled off and was very nice with a chilly morning. We enjoyed the trail and will certainly be back. We met several other hikers on the trail and enjoyed short chats with a few in passing. On our way back to the trailhead Sunday morning we passed two camps that had been broken and left.....with smoldering fires in both pits AND garbage around camp and in the fire pit. What poor stewards of such an awesome place. I definitely used those camps as teachable moments for my grandson....pack it in, pack it out and even more importantly, always make sure your fire is dead before departing camp.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

great trail to hike. I am a brand new hiker and me and my family loved it!!! We hiked it and switched to Keyauwee trail heading back to trail head. sort of creating our own 3.8 mile hike. took us newbys 2 hours. had a great time. will be going back to tey out other trails maybe do entire trail one day.

If you're expecting expansive views, forget about it. This hike is all about being in the backcountry woods, passing tree after tree after tree, and going up and down hill after hill after hill (you get the picture). Trees and small streams are nice for the first few miles, but after an unrewarding 15 miles, it gets a bit stale. It's good if you're looking for something close by or to use as a training trip. Bring good friends because hiking solo would be mind numbing on this trail.

backpacking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

a lot of blow downs from recent storms but the trail was clear.. heard a tree off in the distance come crashing down yesterday near nightfall. Parking lot was packed..

My first time hiking the dutchman trial, really enjoyed the hike, i got to say the uwharrie trail which brings you back to the trail head 24/27 is pretty touch with several climbs. I was hammock camping overnight. Don't under estimate these trails. Great camp sites on the uwharrie trail.

backpacking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

First lone overnight back in November. I agree that it's creepy at night and I had a visit by a bobcat around 2 AM. Just kind of circled the fire about 10-15 meters out. It hung around for about 45 minutes and then was gone. I did have a great time and I am doing the Uwharrie out and back in a couple of weeks.

backpacking
Sunday, January 08, 2017

I spent 3 days on the trail over Christmas 16. The trails are well marked, very rocky so ware good shoes. At night the forest was very quiet, kinda creepy but I had a great time.

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

first time out here and won't be the last. trails are marked good and clear. nice scenery.

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