Uwharrie Trail Thru Hike and Celebration 2016

The LandTrust for Central North Carolina is excited to present the fourth annual Uwharrie Trail Thru Hike backpacking trip on May 19-22, 2016! Registration must be completed by Wednesday, May 11 at 5:00 PM!

IMG_0386At 40 miles, the Uwharrie Trail is the longest single-track footpath in Piedmont North Carolina. The LandTrust and other conservation partners have been working for the past 20 years to reconnect this trail, and thanks to these efforts it can now be hiked in its 40-mile entirety. The Uwharrie Trail is known for its cultural and natural significance, including such unique features as old gold mines, rare plants and wildlife, ghost stories, and more. Join us for an awesome backpacking trip through some of the oldest mountains in the world, as we pay tribute to the trailblazers and uncover the secrets of the past.

Backpackers are responsible for bringing and carrying their own gear and food. We will have some water filters, maps, navigational aids, and a first aid kit. The thru hike will go from south to north. The thru hike is four approximately 10-mile days with camping at established campsites: Yates Place, Panther Branch, and the McArthur/Walker’s Creek Trailhead. Panther Branch is the only campsite without vehicle access but it is only a short walk.

Thru-hikers will park at the end of the trail (Tot Hill Golf Club, 3185 Tot Hill Farm Rd, Asheboro, NC 27205) and IMG_0388we provide shuttles to the start (Wood Run Trailhead on Highway 24/27) on May 19. The shuttles from the Tot Hill Golf Club to the trailhead will run at 7:00 and 8:30 am. Campsites will be near roads, so if you are interested in joining in for only a portion or in slackpacking, that is an option but you must arrange for your own transportation.

We will also offer a Saturday (May 21) day hike option. Hikers will park at the Walker Creek Trailhead (6871 High Pine Church Rd, Asheboro, NC 27205). A shuttle will run at 8:00 am to take day-hikers from Walker Creek to the start of the day’s hike at the Jumpin’ Off Rock Trailhead.

Registration must be completed by Wednesday, May 11 at 5:00 PM. Fee details for the thru hike and celebration event:

>>$40: Complete Thru Hike backpacking trip. Includes a shuttle to the trailhead, water and support at each campsite, a cookout at the last night’s camp, a commemorative t-shirt, and a one-year membership to The LandTrust.
>>$5: Saturday Day Hike: Includes a shuttle from the Walker Creek Trailhead end point to the start of the day’s hike at the Panther Branch campsite.FSB 2
>>$10: Saturday Cookout Celebration Event. Thanks to our friends at Eldorado Outpost for generously providing a delicious meal and Four Saints Brewing for donating craft beer for the cookout!eldorado
>>$10: Commemorative Thru Hike t-shirt
>>$100: Thru Hike Supporter Level Donation. Funds go toward supporting the completion of the Uwharrie Trail. An incredible amount of progress has been made on completing the full 40-mile length of the historic Uwharrie Trail, but we still have a ways to go! Help see the UT completed by supporting our efforts to reconnect the trail. Your donation includes a commemorative t-shirt, the Saturday evening cookout at the Walker Creek Trailhead, and a one-year membership to The LandTrust.

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Fees may be paid online using PayPal or via check sent to The LandTrust at:
The LandTrust for Central North Carolina
204 E. Innes St. Suite 280
Salisbury, NC 28144

Click the “Get Tickets” button on the Yapsody event page, make your selections, and select your method of payment by choosing the buttons at the top of the page (PayPal or Pay Later). You will need to provide the email addresses of all participants in order to register.

Any donations in addition to the fees will go directly towards our work reconnecting the trail and are fully tax deductible!

IMG_0440Youth must be 16 or accompanied by an adult. All participants must sign a liability release form. We will email a detailed map of the route and final information and details to participants in the weeks leading up to the hike. Links to this documents will also be found on this page as soon as they are available.

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Special thanks to the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Cabela’s for providing support for the Thru Hike event NewSnappleBckgd_smand the completion of the Uwharrie Trail!

Thanks so much for 032813_logo_1your interest and support of The LandTrust and the Uwharrie Trail! We are looking forward to and hope you can join us for another great thru hike adventure!

Please call our office with questions (704) 647-0302 or email Alicia at alicia@landtrustcnc.org for more information.