Exploring a trail for the first time offers the excitement and anticipation of discovering the unknown. What interesting things will you see? What neat experiences will you have? What will you find around the next bend?

Discovering the answers to questions like these is the fun part of a trip. I want to help you enjoy that part to the fullest.

Finding yourself without an answer to a question like ‘Which way do I turn?’ is not much fun.

I write guidebooks that provide trail details you need, so you can focus on the fun stuff.

Are you looking for a short hike that can be done in a few hours or an overnight backpacking trip? Use the Quick Reference charts to find trails with lengths that match your plans.

Once you’ve found a trail you want to hike, you’ll find a map that shows the trail and the area around it. Intersecting trails are shown, as well as creeks. These are obvious landmarks that will help you keep track of where you are as you hike along the trail.

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The lines on the maps are drawn to scale. You won’t be fooled by a long trail drawn the same length as a short trail. The trails and landmark locations were GPS’ed and that information was used to create the maps.

You will also find an elevation profile chart for each trail. Each landmark along the trail is labeled so you can see what’s coming next, how far away it is, and how many hills there are in between.

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What about routes that use multiple trails? I have you covered. My guidebooks detail both individual trails as well as trip routes that use more than one trail. The most likely trip routes in each area have been included.

You won’t have to add together pieces of multiple trails in order to figure out how long a trip might be - it’s already done for you. If you want to get really creative with routing, the details for individual trails are in the book too so you can work out the details for any multi-trail trip you can think up.

The map and profile for each trail or trip are placed on facing pages in the book. That makes it easy for you to scan, copy, or take a picture of just the pages you need for a hike. I wouldn’t take the whole guidebook with me if I only needed a few pages. I don’t expect you to have to either!

The maps and profiles cover the physical dimensions of a trail route. What other information would be helpful or interesting?

Where did the trail name come from? Who built the trail? When was it built? I’ve included information about the history of the trails where possible. With the Uwharrie Trail, there is a rich history from when the Boy Scouts built the trail and some of the camps along it in the 1970’s.

What are those shallow pits along the trail? What is that pile of rocks from? The guide includes information about local history too, such as the gold mining activities or old homesteads whose remnants can still be seen along the trail.

The first guidebook I wrote was the Uwharrie Lakes Region Trail Guide, which is now out with an updated second edition.

 

what moves you?

here are some of the things that move me

Hiking

Hiking, walking, trekking, backpacking. Exploring the world on your own two feet. Two roads diverged in the woods - don't you want to see where both of them go?

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Biking

Biking is like hiking, just with two wheels. Riding feels like flying. Downhills go faster. You can see more of the world in a day. Panniers can save your back.

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Motorcycle Travel

Motorcycle travel is like biking, with much easier uphills. You get more wind in your hair and bugs in your teeth. You can get through the boring stretches a lot quicker.

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featured books

Uwharrie Lakes Region Trail Guide

Hiking and Biking in North Carolina's Uwharrie Mountains

My Uwharrie Trails

A hiker's Log Book Companion to the Uwharrie Lakes Region Trail Guide

Star Trails - Navajo

A Different Way To Look At The Night Sky

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Drone images of Morrow Mountain area courtesy of Scott Harrington.

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