Jul 30, 2007
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, Hillsborough
Hilly trails. We don't have many in the Triangle, but Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area in southwest Hillsborough has about 2 miles worth.
Above, a NW view from the overlook* down to the Eno River. The Occoneechee Mountain peaks at 867 feet (~250 above the river), which makes it a good spot for the local microwave tower and fire lookout tower.
You should put Occoneechee Mountain on your short list of pretty, uncrowded, no-fuss destinations for fishing, shaded picnicking, or a modest hilly hike. Lots of blackberries, too, along the lowest parts of the Occoneechee Mt. Loop Trail.
*currently closed for safety reasons, but you can get pretty close.
Mmm...blackberries. I've been drinking Tazo Brambleberry lately, which tastes like blackberry pie in a bottle. Which is odd, because there are no actual blackberries in it.
Posted by: pinky | Jul 30, 2007 10:51:34 AM
Thanks for the reminder. This has been on my unwritten to-do list for...about ten years or so. It's not exactly as tough as getting to the Grand Canyon, so I really have no excuse.
Posted by: Toastie | Jul 30, 2007 2:32:40 PM
I'm too ticklish for any "Occoneechee."
Posted by: Elrond Hubbard | Jul 30, 2007 7:16:33 PM
I tried blackberry picking at the base of Occoneechee Mtn earlier this summer. PLENTY of bushes, but the berries were all either red or in the middle of the thorny thicket! I think birds had gotten to the bushes before me.
That being said, Occoneechee Mtn is a lovely hike! And the view from the overlook is lovely, too.
Posted by: | Sep 17, 2007 12:35:47 PM
Whoops. Forgot to sign. That's me, above.
Posted by: Grace | Sep 17, 2007 12:36:31 PM