Exploring the Trips

Among the unique features in the Uwharrie Lakes Region Trail Guide are the “Trips”. Individual trails are covered in detail, as one would expect in a guidebook. But I found that single trails rarely lead you from a trail head to all the points you want to visit, and then back to the trail head. This is especially true in areas with many interconnecting trails. A typical route will most likely follow parts of several trails. Flipping back and forth between different pages in a guidebook to piece together mileage and directions for a multi-trail route gets frustrating very quickly.

TheĀ Uwharrie Lakes Region Trail Guide solves this challenge by providing you with “Trip” details as well as Trail details. Each trail area has a chapter just for these Trips. The most logical trip routes in that area are included, with varying lengths to suite a variety of different users. A convenient chart listing the key Trip details is found on the first page of each Trip chapter.

Sample Trip chart
Sample Trip chart

Each Trip has its own map and elevation profile, conveniently paired on opposing pages.

Sample Trip pages
Sample Trip pages

These Trip pages give the turn-by-turn directions you need to follow the route. The elevation profile helps you visualize the hills and anticipate the turns. You can focus on the fun and not spend too much time trying to figure out where you are the map!

Take a closer look at the sample pages above in this PDF file.

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