Backpack the Dutchman's Creek Trail, Uwharrie NF

Dutchman's Creek Trailhead, Mount Gilead, North Carolina, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    11 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    512 Feet

Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Wildflowers
Wildlife

This is a relaxed hike featuring beautiful scenery and fair weather year-round. No matter the activity, Uwharrie National Forest has something for everyone to enjoy!

This hike starts with mellow terrain changes allowing you to get a feel for the trail. For the first 5 miles you will have one or two steep inclines that take a toll on the calf muscles. The remaining 6 miles include a more difficult terrain including a section of the hike called Hallucination Hill, which is named appropriately for its lengthy and incredibly steep incline. You conclude the last few miles enjoying riverside trails and finish off back beside the highway.

Trail Map: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5378693.pdf

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Toiletries
  • Bug Spray
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Camera
  • Trash Bags
  • Compass
  • Trail Map
  • Food
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As described by the author, the first five or six miles are pretty easy and then the latter have some butt-kicking potential.The Uwharries are old and worn down mountains so don't expect any crazy climbs or views for that matter. Unless you go in the winter you probably will never be able to see anything in the distance. I did this as part of a thru-hike of the entire you Uwharrie Trail. I started at the North End of the Uwharrie and hiked all the way to the South End and made a figure eight coming back on Dutchmans Creek and then took the Uwharrie Trail the remainder back to the jumping off rock trailhead. It was about 45 miles and I was able to do it in 3 days. There are plenty of campsites and water in a lot of places. This is definitely a good place to test out your gear for a multi-day trip. Since there are lots of old logging roads and road crossings somebody can come save you if you have problems.

about 1 month ago
about 1 month ago

Lots of steep mountains and great campsites! Would recommend for anyone!

2 months ago
2 months ago

I was really disappointed by the dutchman's creek trail. No spectacular views or anything really exciting.

5 months ago
5 months ago

Conrad Mcgill

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