2021 Uwharrie Trail Thru Hikes

2021 Uwharrie Trail Thru Hikes

Three Rivers Land Trust would like to officially announce that we are holding TWO Thru Hikes this year – one in the Spring, and one in the Fall!  

– The dates for the 2021 Fall Uwharrie Trail Thru Hike are October 14-17, 2021

Have you heard of the Uwharrie Trail? At 40 miles, it is the longest single-track footpath in central North Carolina. The Land Trust 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 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.

The thru hike will go from south to north, beginning at Wood Run Trailhead on Highway 24/27, and ending at Tot Hill /Talbott’s Branch trailhead on Tot Hill Farm Road. Due to the current health crisis, we will not be offering transportation at any point in this event. 

Rules and Requirements:


  • This is a backpacking trip, so everyone will be responsible for bringing and carrying their own gear and food. We recommend a pack weight limit of 40 pounds. 
  •  IF YOU REGISTER FOR THE FULL 4-DAY THRU HIKE, YOU MUST HIKE THE FULL 4 DAYS. We are not allowing registration for only a portion of the hike. If you cannot commit to the full four days, please do not register as you will be taking someone’s spot who can do the whole hike. YOU CANNOT HIKE WITH US UNLESS YOU ARE REGISTERED.
  • No dogs on the hike, please.
  • No alcohol will be permitted other than what the trail angels provide. We are also requiring a quiet time of 9pm at night when noise should be kept to a minimum. Most people will be winding down and finding their sleeping bags by that time anyway, so as a courtesy to others we are requesting that you limit noise after that time.
  • There is a required fee of $100 to join either of the Thru Hikes. This includes a cookout the last night, a commemorative t-shirt, and a one-year membership in the Land Trust.
  • We are also in need of trail angels to help out with logistics. You’ll receive a free tee shirt for helping. Any additional donations will go directly towards our work reconnecting the trail and are fully tax deductible.
  • The hike is four approximately 10-mile days with camping at established camps: Yates Place, Jumpin’ Off Rock, and the (future) Walkers Creek Trailhead. We will send a more detailed map of the route closer to the date along with some final information and details. Youth must be 16 or accompanied by an adult.
  • All participants must sign a liability release form. 

For details and issues regarding the Fall Thru Hike, contact Crystal Cockman at crystal@threeriverslandtrust.org or call (704) 647-0302.