You could say I put down a few roots in the Uwharrie Mountains of central NC.
In the late 1970's, my first backpacking trips as a Boy Scout were on the still-new Uwharrie Trail.
My wife and I lived there for most of the 1990's and that's where our daughters were born.
I helped build the Wood Run mountain bike trails and maintain many other trails.
There was no detailed guidebook about the trails in the Uwharrie Lakes Region, so I wrote one. Pushing a measuring wheel down every trail and drawing the maps let me get to know them all quite well. I share that knowledge with you in my guidebook, the Uwharrie Lakes Region Trail Guide.
I am still involved with the UT re-connection efforts today. I am also digging further into some of the nearly-lost secrets of the area. Look for blog posts and perhaps a book about these Lost Uwharrie places.
But I also enjoy trails in other places and will be expanding my guidebook coverage beyond the Uwharries. Subscribe to my newsletter to keep up with those plans as they develop. You'll also get notice of upcoming posts and subscriber-only information.

what moves you?

here are some of the things that move me


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 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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