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Jul 30, 2007

Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, Hillsborough

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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.

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*currently closed for safety reasons, but you can get pretty close.

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Comments

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