I am new to backpacking and looking for some localish areas to do short out and backs with my young daughter. I’ve looked at Lake Jordan, Umstead, and Raven Rock but they are either drive up camp sites or maybe a 1 mile hike in. I’m looking for something a with a bit more of a hike, maybe 5 miles? All recommendations welcome.
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Hi @Jdwill. I would consider Uwharrie National Forest as an option even though it sits about 1.5 hours away from RDU. This area offers a nice trail with very moderate elevation changes. Five miles is perfect for this trail since there are a few designated camp areas to choose from. The main roads for the trail sections are NC 24 and NC 109. The ranger's office is in Troy, NC. They can provide the latest trail information and suggestions on which trail segments may work best for you. It is a great recreation area to start backpacking.
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