The Double Park that Jim Crow Built- William B Umstead State Park-Raleigh NC

For an urban park this one is huge. William B Umstead State Park is located within the city of Raleigh. It is also on the edge of the Piedmont Plateau near the fall line. This provided some definite elevation change through the hike. Today there is the Reedy Creek Access and The Crabtree Access. InContinue reading “The Double Park that Jim Crow Built- William B Umstead State Park-Raleigh NC”

Mayo River State Park and Guilford Court House National Military Park, Greensboro NC

Continuing my quest to hit every NC State Park I found two small ones. Probably not worth the trip alone but if I combined them into one day I could get in some quality hiking. And some miles. These were Mayo River State Park at Mayodan, and Haw River State Park nearby. It was aContinue reading “Mayo River State Park and Guilford Court House National Military Park, Greensboro NC”

The High Country-Part 2- Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Falls, Chimney Rock, NC

We left Asheville towards Chimney Rock. It was a beautiful drive. Took us through the small enclave of Bat Cave. how can you go wrong with that! Chimney Rock used to be a privately owed attraction but recently in 2007 it was purchased by the State, combined with the neighboring Hickory Nut Gorge State ParkContinue reading “The High Country-Part 2- Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Falls, Chimney Rock, NC”

The High Country Part 1- Boone and Valle Crucis, NC

Finally back into the mountains! With Momma in tow I headed for N.C.’s “high country”. This is a section of Western N.C. before you get into the Black Mountains and the Smokies. Many of N.C.’s famous mountain sights are in this area, Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock, Blowing Rock, Lake Lure and Linville Falls. We stayedContinue reading “The High Country Part 1- Boone and Valle Crucis, NC”

Flatland Hiking-The Carolina Bays- Lake Waccamaw, Lake Waccamaw, NC

Have you ever travelled somewhere and when you get there it reminded you of another place? Well that’s the feeling you get at Lake Waccamaw. When you arrive at Lake Waccamaw you appear to have arrived in Florida. It is very sunny, has Florida style homes in the village and nothing but water can beContinue reading “Flatland Hiking-The Carolina Bays- Lake Waccamaw, Lake Waccamaw, NC”

Flatland Hiking-The Carolina Bays-Jones Lake State Park- Elizabethtown NC-Part 1

In southeastern North Carolina lies a strange phenomenon, the bay lakes. Although there are several, some dry ,some boggy, some full of water, three were easy to hike to. Jones Lake State Park contained two, Jones and Salters and Lake Waccamaw was a park of it’s own. Jones Lake S.P. was not large but wasContinue reading “Flatland Hiking-The Carolina Bays-Jones Lake State Park- Elizabethtown NC-Part 1”

Flatland Hiking-The Pond That wasn’t There- Carver’s Creek State Park and Historical Area, Spring Lake, NC

Carver’s Creek, the site of a 100 acre millpond and a Rockefeller winter home was next in my sights. The Long Valley Farm is part of Carver’s Creek State Park and Historical Area. Long Valley was the winter home of James Stillman Rockefeller, the third son of William G Rockefeller, a nephew of John DContinue reading “Flatland Hiking-The Pond That wasn’t There- Carver’s Creek State Park and Historical Area, Spring Lake, NC”

Flatland Hiking- Cliffs of the Neuse State Park and Old Waynesborough, Goldsboro, NC

Cliffs of the Neuse is a relatively small park. It’s one you go to because it’s there it’s close to home and they have “trees draped in Spanish Moss”. Okay, sounds like a wonderful place… or at least worth checking out. This park located near Goldsboro, exists because of a 90 degree bend in theContinue reading “Flatland Hiking- Cliffs of the Neuse State Park and Old Waynesborough, Goldsboro, NC”

Flatland Hiking-The Storyboard That Sucked Me In- Howell Woods and Bentonville, Four Oaks NC

Ah, the storyboards. They get me every time. This time I was at Howell Woods. I went to Howell Woods to hike. Howell Woods is an Environmental Leaning Center associated with Johnston County Community College. But it has hiking and is a 2800 acre property so I figured I could get a pretty good dayContinue reading “Flatland Hiking-The Storyboard That Sucked Me In- Howell Woods and Bentonville, Four Oaks NC”