Welcome to the Uwharrie Mountains and the Birkhead Mountain Wilderness Area
This web site is dedicated to one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth - the Uwharrie Mountains.
The mission of this site is to offer photos, maps, and helpful information to those who are interested in the Uwharrie Mountains. Specifically, I will be documenting photos and information related to the Birkhead Mountain Wilderness Area. At a later time, I may include information related to other areas of Uwharrie. However, for now, my interest and goals with this web site will be set around the wilderness area.
Latest Update: November 26, 2012: I made another trip out to BHMW Area the day before Thanksgiving and set-out to see White Deer Valley. Not sure if I would be able to reach or find the valley, based on Joe Moffitts map location, I without a doubt had the correct spot marked on my map. The only problem with this location is that it is now just outside of the wilderness area boundary and on the Buckhorn Hunting Clubs land. The valley is about 3.5 miles from the Robbins Branch trailhead. It does require about 1/2 mile or so of off trail hiking to reach.
Maybe at some point in the past this valley was creepy and dead silent as Mr. Moffitt tells the story, but not these days. The hunting club has put in a path for 4-wheelers, installed a drainage pipe and built a crossing over the creek that runs through the valley. It would make for a nice area to camp, but that would be considered trespassing. I didn't see any white deer or tracks, but I can I say I visited the place that Joe Moffitt spoke of in his book.
New photos added.
September 15, 2012: New photos added.
Hello Again! Finally, I was able to get out and visit BHMW. I set out with a buddy of mine on 10/3/2011 for the southern most area of Birkhead Wilderness. Our goal was to visit Coopers Mountain, Coopers Graveyard, White Deer Valley, and Binghams Graveyard.
Looking carefully at my maps and books, I can see that we did not visit White Deer Valley. According to the maps in Joe Moffitts book, the Binghams Graveyard isn't marked correctly on his map. If you look at the location of the High Pine Church on JM map in the book, p. 139, you will see number 22 is almost due west, but slightly south of the church. According to the official forest service map, and the Hanna's Creek and Birkhead Trail junction as they are oriented to the Bingham Graveyard, the Graveyard is actually slightly north of High Pine Church. This only makes finding the historical areas mentioned in Joe Moffitts book all the more difficult to locate. Therefore, what we thougtht we visited this weekend to be White Deer Valley, was actually nothing but the remains of what appeared to be an old pond or flood zone for the Prong Creek.
I'm not being critical of Joe Moffitt at all here, I'm simply making observations so that visitors like me will note these variations in the JM maps vs. the Forest Service map.
Check out some of the new images I have added to the site and other information.
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My first hike occured on 12/5/2010. This hike began on a very cold December morning, the day after our first snow of the fall/winter season. I began my hike at the Tot Hill Trailhead. The hike took me past several of the old homesteads, past Forrester sawmill, and out to Rush Mine, Doud Mine, camp site #3, the walled spring, fern valley, bootleg hollow, twin rocks, then up to camp site #5. After that I headed north past camp site #1, and back to the Tot Hill trailhead.
I will document the specific photos I took of all of these locations and post on this site within the next week.
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Another goal of mine with this site is to make available again, An Afternoon Hike into the Past. This book, written about 35 years ago, documents some of the wonderful history of the Uwharrie Mountains and the Uwharrie Trail. The book is no longer in print, but I was lucky to find a copy (used). I would like to either have this book scanned and made available for download via PDF, or have it printed again, or BOTH.
Please check back often, as I will be making updates to the site regularly and as time provides.
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