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I know we have a North Carolina Roll Call thread but I’d like to focus on exploring different areas of North Carolina - whether through overlanding, wheeling, or general exploring.

Over the last several months, I’ve realized exploring and overlanding are more conducive to what my kiddos and I like to do. Don’t get me wrong - I love wheeling, but I‘ve realized its a little intense for my younger kiddos.

My goal for this thread is to consolidate hiking, overlanding, and general trails for exploring. I hope this will catch the interest of other Jeepers and we can develop a central location for all things exploration in North Carolina.





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Last week, I took the kiddos to Hanging Rock State Park and we hiked Moore’s Wall Loop. We hiked it counterclockwise - which I don’t recommend as the ascent is much steeper. Regardless, we made the 4.7 mile loop and had a blast doing it.

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The Linville Gorge and Wilson Creek Gorge areas are nice to explore.

Look up Old NC 105. Gravel/dirt road up from near the town of Nebo. Takes you up the western side of the Linville Gorge. Lots of hiking trails. Of course Linville Falls. Also takes you to Wiseman's view overlook where you can look for the Brown Mountain lights. Several trails/roads on the eastern side of the gorge too. Youtube explorer Venture 4WD (Chris Shontz) has been through there.

Brown Mountain Beech road above Morganton takes you along Wilson's Creek and through that gorge. Nice scenery and hiking trails. You can go find the ghost town of Mortimer, NC. Lot of history in that area. Several Forest Roads to explore also. We were up there last week.
 
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We spent the weekend in Marion, Burnsville, and the surrounding Pisgah National Forest. We found waterfalls, hiking trails, and forest roads to explore.

If anyone wants details of the roads or locations, just let me know.

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The Linville Gorge and Wilson Creek Gorge areas are nice to explore.

Look up Old NC 105. Gravel/dirt road up from near the town of Nebo. Takes you up the western side of the Linville Gorge. Lots of hiking trails. Of course Linville Falls. Also takes you to Wiseman's view overlook where you can look for the Brown Mountain lights. Several trails/roads on the eastern side of the gorge too. Youtube explorer Venture 4WD (Chris Shontz) has been through there.

Brown Mountain Beech road above Morganton takes you along Wilson's Creek and through that gorge. Nice scenery and hiking trails. You can go find the ghost town of Mortimer, NC. Lot of history in that area. Several Forest Roads to explore also. We were up there last week.
The Linville Gorge area is on my short list of places to explore. Hopefully I can tackle some of it in the next month or so.
 

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I plan on visiting NC over labor day weekend. Going to visit my son in Fayetteville. While there, we are going to camp out on the beach at or somewhere along this location. You can drive your Jeep and camp right on the ocean here.

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Following since I'm only about 1.5 hours away from West NC. And we like MTBing and camping over there.
 
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I plan on visiting NC over labor day weekend. Going to visit my son in Fayetteville. While there, we are going to camp out on the beach at or somewhere along this location. You can drive your Jeep and camp right on the ocean here.

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Definitely want to camp there. I would highly recommend making reservations for the ferry, otherwise it can be difficult to get a spot.
 
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Youtube explorer Venture 4WD (Chris Shontz) has been through there.
Chris is pretty much my inspiration for getting out and exploring. Having 3 kids (oldest being 10) makes it a little difficult to explore for an extended period of time because they lose interest and get restless. So, I’ve gotta plan my routes with them in mind. Just adds to the difficulty. Haha.
 

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Chris is pretty much my inspiration for getting out and exploring. Having 3 kids (oldest being 10) makes it a little difficult to explore for an extended period of time because they lose interest and get restless. So, I’ve gotta plan my routes with them in mind. Just adds to the difficulty. Haha.
Chris is my favorite Youtuber. My wife and I have watched every vid of his and we drink coffee on the weekend morning and watch his news vids when he drops them.
 
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I realized I posted earlier stating “if anyone wants details of the roads or locations, message me” and that kind of defeats the spirit of the thread.

The tall waterfall we found is Toms Creek Falls off 221, north of Marion on Huskins Branch Road. Forest Service Road 469 is adjacent to the trail head. It’s a 2ish mile road with a couple small waterfalls. There are several spurs but they are all gated.

My favorite trail of the weekend was Pigeon Roost Trail off Pigeon Roost Road. There are a couple stream crossings, a small waterfall near the first crossing, and the trail follows the stream up into the forest. There are a ton photo ops along the way.
 

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I plan on visiting NC over labor day weekend. Going to visit my son in Fayetteville. While there, we are going to camp out on the beach at or somewhere along this location. You can drive your Jeep and camp right on the ocean here.

https://goo.gl/maps/k2j5nGBXzMvQVKpr6
You will really enjoy Cape Lookout. I haven't been in several years now but would love to get back out there. I second the motion on ferry reservations. Sometimes it's no problem and sometimes it is.

You can easily spend a week exploring the outer banks of NC. I also like the very northern section above Duck and Corolla. Pavement ends and you can drive the beach up towards VA. Wild horses roam up there also.

I remember taking the kids to the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devils Hill when they were young. We stood at the memorial and watched fighter jets fly up the coast right over the beach. I just shook my head thinking how far we had advanced flight in about 100 years.
 

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You probably already know about Hurricane Creek to Max Patch. Or just go to Max Patch and hike part of the AT.
 

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I realized I posted earlier stating “if anyone wants details of the roads or locations, message me” and that kind of defeats the spirit of the thread.

The tall waterfall we found is Toms Creek Falls off 221, north of Marion on Huskins Branch Road. Forest Service Road 469 is adjacent to the trail head. It’s a 2ish mile road with a couple small waterfalls. There are several spurs but they are all gated.

My favorite trail of the weekend was Pigeon Roost Trail off Pigeon Roost Road. There are a couple stream crossings, a small waterfall near the first crossing, and the trail follows the stream up into the forest. There are a ton photo ops along the way.
Thanks for the info!
 
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You probably already know about Hurricane Creek to Max Patch. Or just go to Max Patch and hike part of the AT.
Yep. I’ve been on Hurricane Creek twice. It’s a lot of fun. There are a couple camping spots along the trail. Last time we were there, we stopped at a big spot adjacent to the creek, just south of the abandoned bus. I’ve heard from a guy on Facebook that area is on private property. I’ll have to double check that info next time I’m up there.

Max Patch has some amazing views and was a fun short hike. I’ll take my kiddos back sometime soon.
 
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