Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area

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Cane Creek Mountains is a small mountain range that lies south of Burlington, North Carolina. The range covers an area including Alamance County, Guilford County, Randolph County, and Chatham County in North Carolina.

The mountains are home to families, farms, and television, radio, and cellular communications towers. There is also a fire tower located on top of Cane Creek Mountain that is no longer safe for use.

Perhaps the most famous peak in the range is the 267 m (902 ft) Bass Mountain, the former home of an annual bluegrass music festival. Contrary to some local belief, Bass Mountain is not the highest peak in the range, although the range is occasionally referred to as the “Bass Mountains”.

The mountains and Alamance County were home to the local Native American tribes, including the Sissipahaw. The area saw major activity during the American Colonial and Revolutionary period, with several battles taking place in and near the range, including Pyle’s Massacre and the Battle of Alamance. There are several cave sites throughout the mountains where local historians theorize that small military parties may have been able to fortify their position.

The northern edge of the mountains begins on the southern bank of Great Alamance Creek, approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Interstate 40 in Graham and runs in a southwesterly direction towards Liberty in Randolph County. The range covers much of the southwest quadrant of Alamance County. While much of the range is a series of rolling hills that are common throughout the North Carolina Piedmont Region, there are several peaks in the Cane Creek Mountains located north of Snow Camp. The highest point in the range and in Alamance County is Cane Creek Mountain, which is approximately 987 feet (301 m).
The mountains are typical of the rolling terrain of the piedmont region of North Carolina, and are somewhat similar in formation to the nearby Caraway Mountains and Uwharrie Mountains. The Cane Creek Mountains may have formed as a part of the larger coastal range that was once the Uwharries, which are thought to have formed as a part of the Alleghenian or Appalachian orogeny 300–350 million years ago during the formation and rifting of Pangaea. This earlier range is thought to have had peaks more than 20,000 feet (6,100 m) high, which would rival the Himalayas, the Andes, and the Alaska Range. However, erosion has worn this old mountain range down. The highest peaks of this old range are now found in the Appalachian Mountains on the eastern coast of North America and in the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco in Africa. The Cane Creek Mountains lie in the Carolina Slate Belt, a belt that consists of heated and deformed volcanic and sedimentary rocks. The belt is best known for old abandoned gold mines. North Carolina led the nation in gold production for 50 years, between the discovery of a 17-pound (7.7 kg) gold nugget at the Reed Gold Mine in Cabarrus County, NC near Charlotte in 1799 and the discovery of gold during the California Gold Rush of 1849. Limited gold mining continues to take place, but several mining companies continue to operate, both on the slate belt and in and near the Cane Creek Mountains. Most mineral production in the area is crushed stone for road aggregate and pyrophyllite for factories, ceramics, filler, paint and insecticide carriers. The Haw River Trail (HRT) is part of the statewide Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST). The Haw River Paddle Trail has 40 miles to enjoy throughout the county, allowing novice and experienced paddlers to experience the river. The Land Trail has 20 miles of trails offering beautiful views of the river and wildlife. The maps below detail key points along both trails, including access points for canoers and kayakers.

The trail starts outside the Railway Coastal Museum in St. John’s Newfoundland, and runs through Alberta to Edmonton, then up through British Columbia to Yukon. The featured image for this article, up the top of the piece, is from a particularly scenic viewpoint in Banff. Naturally, most people bite off chunks rather than walk the whole thing. There’s a great map on The Great Trail website.
Stuart is a Scottish travel writer, and editor of the Much Better Adventures Magazine. 2022 Travel Media Awards Finalist: ‘Young Travel Writer of the Year’, ‘Sustainability Feature of the Year’.The Great Western Trail now forms the backbone of Utah’s trail system and in 1996 it became Utah’s Centennial Trail as part of the state’s statehood centennial celebration. Amongst other places, it passes through Desolation Lake and the Wasatch Crest Trail in Salt Lake City and Orderville Canyon near Zion National Park. It was one of 16 designated as a National Millennium Trails by the White House.

How long is the Haw River Trail?
The Haw River Trail (HRT) is part of the statewide Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST). The Haw River Paddle Trail has 40 miles to enjoy throughout the county, allowing novice and experienced paddlers to experience the river.
The American Discovery Trail is a heck of a long-distance hike or cycle – but there’s also a bit of a catch to the 6,800 miles. The bookends of the trail are at the Limantour Beach in northern California and Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware. The route more or less goes right through the centre of America – but it also includes a loop in the Great Plains and Midwest where the trail divides into two parallel trails. So, you can pick one of these trails, and walk from coast to coast in 5000 miles.Known lovingly as the CDT, the Continental Divide Trail is an expedition in conservation, outdoor reaction and American history. The trail follows the Continental Divide of the Americas, along the Rocky Mountains, and runs between Chihuahua (the Mexican state, not your aunt’s little dog) and Alberta in Canada. Notable stops include the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, the Chama River Canyon Wilderness in New Mexico, Two Ocean Pass in Wyoming, the Chief Joseph Pass in Idaho and the wonderfully-named Scapegoat Wilderness in Montana. Around 200 people attempt the full hike each year, taking about six months in total. Dave Odell was the first person to thru-hike it, back in 1977.

Where is Cane Creek based?
Asheville, North Carolina Come along for an inside look at Cane Creek Cycling Components. Based out of Asheville, North Carolina, this passionate group of individuals work hard to create unique alternatives to cycling components for a variety of disciplines.
Described by the Sierra Club as a “beast” of a hike, the Eastern Continental Trail takes you all the way from Ernest Hemingway’s former stomping ground in Key West, Florida, to Cape Gaspé, Canada. It passes through 16 states in total and is another route comprised by a variety of shorter, but still very long-distance trails themselves, including the Pinhoti Trail through Alabama, part of the famous the Appalachian Trail, and the International Appalachian Trail through Maine, New Brunswick, Quebec and Newfoundland. It was first completed by John Brinda in 1997, and later done by M.J. Eberhart, aka Nimblewill Nomad, who wrote about the route in his book Ten Million Steps.The English Coastal Path does just what it says on the tin – it’s a 2,800 mile trail which connects the entire English coastline. The route has been in development since 2010 and is set to fully open in 2021. It was made possible due to a change in laws that allowed open access to coastline, and crosses 16 coastal counties, with plenty of spots to explore, wild camp and adventure. The Great Western Trail is not to be confused with The Great Western Loop, but it is equally great, and equally western (in the John Wayne sense, at least). It’s actually based on a nineteenth-century cattle trail, running from Canada down to Mexico, passing through Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and Arizona. Often referred to as the NCT, the North Country Trail is a route from Middlebury in central Vermont all the way over to Lake Sakakawea in central North Dakota. It’s in the top right of the American map for those less familiar with US geography. It connects the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail with the Lewis and Clark trail. It’s the longest of the 11 National Scenic Trails authorised by the US congress, and passes through eight states in full. Along the way there are ten National Forest areas, four National Parks, two National Wildlife Refuges and so much more.Formerly known as the Trans Canada, the Great Trail is the ultimate in long-distance hiking trails. Like most long-distance hiking trails, it’s actually a network of lots of other, multi-use trails – greenways, waterways and roadways that combine to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific all the way up to the Arctic Oceans. Amazingly, the team who manage the trail say that four out of five Canadians live within 30 minutes of a section of a section of The Great Trail.

What areas of NC have mountains?
The three regions of the mountainous section of North Carolina are the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee region; the Blue Ridge Mountains of the High Country; and the Blue Ridge Mountains at Asheville and the Foothills.
The world’s longest hiking trails are largely to be found in North America. They’re also almost all made up of a combination of shorter (though often still quite long) hiking routes and trails, with connecting segments added in between. Of course, there are walks to be done longer than those on this list. If you decided to walk from New Zealand to London and back for example, aside from getting rather wet, you’d probably clock up a good 20,000 miles (and then some). But this article is all about the world’s longest set hiking trails.

Some of you may be surprised that The Pacific Crest Trail isn’t on this list, but through the Great Western Loop, it sort of is. The Great Western Loop is a route in the west of the USA which links together five other long-distance hiking trails – the Pacific Crest Trail, the Pacific Northwest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail (which also features on this list in its own right), the Grand Enchantment Trail, and the Arizona Trail. The trail was first completed in its entirety by Andrew Skurka, a professional backpacker. The feat earned him Nat Geo’s 2007 “Adventurer of the Year”. It took him 208 days on an average of 33 miles per day.

As such, we’ll be spending a lot of time in the USA, where you’ll find five of the six longest hiking trails in the world. The world’s longest trail is actually further north though, in Canada. The Great Trail, formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail, runs for a rather daunting 14,912 miles (or 24,000km) and is currently the longest hiking trail in the world. There are also some stunning options elsewhere, travelling through Italy, Japan and even along the coast of England.
Also known as The Grand Italian Trail, the Sentiero Italia stretches across all of Italy’s boot shaped landmass – and beyond to the islands. It connects Sardinia, Sicily, the Apennines and the Alps ranges, and then heads over to Trieste on the Italian-Slovenian border. The route ensures an enormous variety of scenery; from coastlines and sunshine to big mountains. Plus, the food isn’t too bad either.The Hokkaido Nature Trail is a relatively recent trail. It dates back to 2003, when plans were laid for one of the longest nature trails in the world. Hokkaido is the second largest, northernmost and least developed island of Japan, and this trail covers a good deal of it. The island is about the size of Austria, but is relatively sparse. There are 5.6 million people, and it’s incredibly mountainous, with active volcanism (great word). The summers are cool and the winters are long and cold, so it’s usually walked north to south. You’ll find rare wildlife – red-crowned cranes and yezo brown bears – amongst the vast wetlands, scenic lakes and mountains.Other counties that fall under various definitions of Western North Carolina include: Alexander County, Catawba County, Cleveland County, Surry County and Yadkin County. When these counties are added, they form a total regional area of roughly 11,750 square miles (30,400 km). This makes the region roughly the size of Massachusetts.The changes brought by increased tourism and population growth from retirees and persons migrating to the region have been double-edged. Local businesses have benefited from increased economic revenue, but increases in costs of living and loss of natural habitat to development, can degrade the quality of life for which the region has become notable.

The southwestern and far west part of Western North Carolina all lie within the Appalachian Mountain chain. Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in the state, as well as eastern North America, is located here. Asheville is the major urban hub of far western North Carolina. This area also includes a few hydroelectric projects managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, including Fontana Dam. Tourism, especially outdoor ventures such as canoeing, whitewater rafting, camping, and fishing are important for many local economies.

The region has three major public universities: Appalachian State University in Boone, Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, and UNC Asheville in Asheville. All three are part of the University of North Carolina system.
Only Graham County was designated as “Distressed” in North Carolina. Six— Cherokee, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford, Swain, and Yancey— were designated “at-risk.” Forsyth County (which is usually grouped as part of central North Carolina) was the only county given the “attainment” designation. Four— Buncombe, Davie, Henderson, and Polk— were designated “competitive.” Most Western North Carolina counties were designated “transitional,” meaning they lagged behind the national average on one of the three key indicators. Graham County had Appalachian North Carolina’s highest poverty rating, with 19.5% of its residents living below the poverty line. Forsyth had Appalachian North Carolina’s highest per capita income at $26,987. Watauga County’s unemployment rate of 2.3% was lowest of all 420 counties in the Appalachian region.

Among the towns of the foothills region are: Elkin, Forest City, Glen Alpine, Granite Falls, Hudson, Lake Lure, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Tryon, and Valdese; and the cities of Hickory, Lenoir, Marion, Mount Airy, Shelby, and Morganton. “The southern mountains” refer to the counties bordering South Carolina. The cities/towns of Hendersonville, Brevard, and Columbus are within this area.
Two major class 1 railroads serve the region, CSX and Norfolk Southern. In addition, two tourist railroads also operate in the area, the Tweetsie Railroad theme park and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Western North Carolina (often abbreviated as WNC) is the region of North Carolina which includes the Appalachian Mountains; it is often known geographically as the state’s Mountain Region. It contains the highest mountains in the Eastern United States, with 125 peaks rising to over 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) in elevation. Mount Mitchell at 6,684 feet (2,037 meters), is the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains and mainland eastern North America. The population of the region, as measured by the 2010 U.S. Census, is 1,473,241, which is approximately 15% of North Carolina’s total population. The Foothills is a region of transitional terrain between the Piedmont Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains, extending from the lower edge of the Blue Ridge escarpment into the upper Catawba, Yadkin, Broad, Saluda, and Savannah River valleys. The eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge drop sharply to the foothills section, going from 3,500 to 4,000 feet (1,000–1,200 m) at the top to 1,000–1,500 feet at the base. The foothills region contains numerous lower peaks and isolated mountain ranges, such as the South Mountains, Brushy Mountains, and Stone Mountain State Park. The foothills are divided into many small river and creek valleys where much of the region’s population lives. Although no large cities are located in the foothills, the subregion contains many smaller cities and towns.Several small, private colleges and universities are also located in the region. Mars Hill University is located 15 miles (24 km) north of Asheville. Founded in 1856, it is the oldest college or university in Western North Carolina. Montreat College, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, is located 15 miles (24 km) east of Asheville. Lees-McRae College, located in Banner Elk, is also affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Warren Wilson College, located in Swannanoa, is noted for its strong pro-environment policies and for being one of the nine work colleges in the United States. Brevard College, located in Brevard, is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Lenoir-Rhyne University, located in Hickory, is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The Blue Ridge Parkway, a National Scenic Byway that is 469 miles long, runs through western North Carolina, starting in Virginia and ending near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.There are 82 mountain peaks between 5,000 and 6,000 feet (1,500 and 1,800 m) in elevation in western North Carolina, and 43 peaks rise to over 6,000 feet (1,800 m). Among the subranges of the Appalachian Mountains located in western North Carolina are the Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, South Mountains, Brushy Mountains, Sauratown Mountains, Great Balsam Mountains, Great Craggy Mountains, the Plott Balsams, and the Black Mountains. Mount Mitchell, in the Black Mountains, is, at 6,684 feet (2,037 m), the highest point in eastern North America. Valley and foothills locations typically range from 1,000–2,000 feet (300–610 m) AMSL.

During the early 1800s the western counties in North Carolina included counties located in the piedmont region, to distinguish them from the eastern counties in North Carolina that were settled earlier. As the western counties became more populated, jurisdictions competed for representation in the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor’s office.
Three major Interstate highways cross the region: Interstate 40, which traverses east–west, Interstate 77, which runs north–south through the northeastern section of Western North Carolina, and Interstate 26, which traverses north–south (although it is classified as an east–west highway for most of its route and is signed as such). Interstate 240 is the only auxiliary interstate route in the region, and it serves downtown Asheville.These towns were often developed by European Americans around a single industry, such as furniture or textiles, which depended on local waterpower as their energy sources. In the late 20th century, many of these industries and their associated jobs moved offshore to other countries due to globalization, although they still remain prevalent in some foothill areas. The towns that depended upon them economically, often suffered from job and population losses of people moving to areas of more economic opportunity. Some areas of the foothills have developed newer economies, including manufacturing, food distribution, utilities, and health care. Many farmers in the northern foothills are poultry farmers. Vineyards have also been developed, along with associated winemaking and popular retail.

Tourism is a major part of the economy in the area, which contains half of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests. Several lakes and dams are scattered throughout Western North Carolina, such as Lake Lure and Fontana Dam. Many visitors travel to the region every summer and autumn from major cities to escape hot weather elsewhere and see the leaves change colors. The timber industry is also a major economic sector.

In 2003, Appalachian North Carolina— which included most counties of Western North Carolina and two counties in central North Carolina— had a three-year average unemployment rate of 6%, compared with 6.2% statewide and 5.5% nationwide. In 2002, Appalachian North Carolina had a per capita market income of $21,168, compared with $23,443 statewide and $26,420 nationwide. In 2000, Appalachian North Carolina had a poverty rate of 11.7%, compared to 12.3% statewide and 12.4% nationwide.
US 421, a multi-lane expressway, is the major highway in the northwestern part of the state. US 19, US 23, US 64, US 74, and US 441 are the major highways in the far western part of the region. US 70 runs east through the area, connecting Hickory and Asheville. US 221 also runs through the area. This highway, which begins in Perry, Florida, connects the town of Rutherfordton to Jefferson. US 321 runs north from Hickory to Watauga and Avery counties before entering Tennessee.

Several community college systems serve the region, including Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Blue Ridge Community College, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, Catawba Valley Community College, Haywood Community College, Isothermal Community College, Mayland Community College, McDowell Technical Community College, Southwestern Community College, Tri-County Community College, Western Piedmont Community College, and Wilkes Community College.The northern counties in Western North Carolina are commonly known as the state’s High Country. Centered on Boone, the High Country has the area’s most popular ski resorts, including Ski Beech, Appalachian Ski Mountain, and Sugar Mountain. The area also features such attractions, historical sites, and geological formations as Linville Caverns, Grandfather Mountain, and Blowing Rock. Education, skiing, tourism, and Christmas tree farming are among this area’s most prominent industries, although agriculture and raising livestock also remain important. The counties that make up the High Country are: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey.

What is the longest nature trail?
The prize for the longest trail in the world goes to the Great Trail (formerly The Trans Canada Trail prior to 2016). Spanning approximately 14,996 miles across Canada from east to west, the Great Trail is considered the longest multi-use recreational trail network in the world.
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), located southeast of the city of Asheville in Fletcher, serves the area with non-stop jet service to Charlotte, North Carolina; LaGuardia Airport in New York City and nearby Newark, New Jersey; Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Orlando Sanford International Airport near Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Detroit, Michigan; and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois.

The Appalachian Regional Commission was formed in 1965 to aid economic development in the Appalachian region, which was lagging far behind the rest of the nation on most economic indicators. The Appalachian region, as currently defined by the commission, includes 420 counties in 13 states, including 29 counties in North Carolina. The Commission classifies each county according to five economic qualifications— distressed, at-risk, transitional, competitive, or attainment. “Distressed” counties are considered the most economically endangered and “attainment” counties are the most economically prosperous. The three indicators used for such classification are three-year average unemployment rate, market income per capita, and poverty rate.
The federally recognized Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) have a reservation in this region known as Qualla Boundary; it is situated adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Their capital is at Cherokee, North Carolina. This region, taking in today’s southeastern Tennessee, western North and South Carolina, and northeastern Georgia, is considered the homeland of the historic Cherokee. Many of the people were forcibly removed in the late 1830s in the Trail of Tears to Indian Territory, but others remained; their descendants make up the EBCI, among the largest of recognized tribes. Sixteen earthwork mounds or their sites, built by indigenous peoples, have been listed in state archeological records in the eleven westernmost counties. Archeological and related research in the early 21st century has revealed that there may be as many as 50 such prehistoric mounds in this area, which were long central to Cherokee towns and culture.The major rivers in the region include the French Broad River, Nolichucky River, Watauga River, Little Tennessee River, and Hiwassee River flowing into the Tennessee River valley; the New River flowing into the Ohio River valley; and the headwaters and upper valleys of the Catawba River, Yadkin River, Broad River, and Saluda River flowing through the foothills towards the Atlantic. The Eastern Continental Divide runs through the region, dividing Tennessee-bound streams from those flowing through the Carolinas.Located east of the Tennessee state line and west of the Piedmont, Western North Carolina contains few major urban centers. Asheville, located in the region’s center, is the area’s largest city and most prominent commercial hub. The Foothills region of the state is loosely defined as the area along Western North Carolina’s eastern boundary; this region consists of a transitional terrain of hills between the Appalachians and Piedmont Plateau of central North Carolina.

What is the longest water trail USA?
Northern Forest Canoe Trail Stretching from New York to Maine, the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail is the longest inland water passage in the U.S.
Areas in the northwest portion of the Western North Carolina region, including Boone and Blowing Rock, commonly use the nickname “The High Country”. The term Land of the Sky (or Land-of-Sky) is a common nickname for the Asheville area. The term is derived from the title of the novel, Land of the Sky (1876), written by Mrs. Frances Tiernan, under the pseudonym Christian Reid. She often refers in this book to the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains, the two main ranges in Western North Carolina. The Asheville area regional government body, the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, uses this nickname.Spanning about 2,849 miles, the Hokkaido Nature Trail connects many of Japan’s national parks together into one trail system, taking hikers through picturesque and varied landscapes, including glaciers, volcanoes, forests, and lakes. The expanded trail extends well beyond the 2,200 miles, continuing further north through the rest of Maine, into Canada, and even further into Greenland. Hiking has a way of pulling out the best in ourselves, and there’s no better way to magnify the effectiveness of a good hike for self-growth than tackling one of the longest trails in the world.Just make sure you bring a detailed trail map and are confident with your navigation skills if you are hiking some of the less-traveled sections of the trail.

What part of North Carolina has mountains?
Western North Carolina Western North Carolina (often abbreviated as WNC) is the region of North Carolina which includes the Appalachian Mountains; it is often known geographically as the state’s Mountain Region.
If you run into a tricky section on the trails, it’s handy to have some scrambling tips to get you through the rough patches of terrain. Check out our guide to scrambling to teach you the basics!Compared to some of the other longest trails in the world, the Pacific Crest Trail is relatively well marked and maintained, thanks to the active Pacific Crest Trail Association.Planning an epic hiking adventure along one of the longest trails in the world or eventually getting to see a few of the longest trails in the world are bucket list goals for beginners and experienced hikers alike.

The American Discovery Trail is a massive system of trails (along with some roads) that spans the contiguous United States from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
Although some areas of the Grand Italian Trail aren’t very well marked, so navigation can be tricky. It’s also a great trail for day hikes because it’s broken up into 368 individual sections, each of which can give you a little window into the Italian culture and landscape. Unlike some of the longest hiking trails on this list, many of the sections of the Great Trail are paved rail trails, where old freight lines have been converted into paved or cleared walking and biking paths. The information and resources about the trail that are available in English are rather limited, so hikers who don’t speak Japanese may want to consider speaking with local guides before embarking on this trail.Spanning approximately 14,996 miles across Canada from east to west, the Great Trail is considered the longest multi-use recreational trail network in the world.Taking a trip to Asia for this entry on the list of the longest hiking trails in the world, the Hokkaido Nature Trail is a beautiful, long hiking trail found on the main northern island of Japan. Spanning the country from Trieste in northern Italy to Santa Teresa Gallura in Sardinia, the diverse hiking trail takes trekkers across the entire Alpine Arc and the entire Apennine mountain chain, as well as through Sicily and Sardinia. This long hiking trail was largely mapped out and designed by YMCA groups in the early- to mid-1930s; however, it took until 1968 to be designated by President Lyndon B. Johnson under the National Trails System Act and was not fully completed until 1993.The Appalachian Trail begins at Springer Mountain in Georgia and ends at Mount Katahdin in Maine, though there is also an International Appalachian Trail.

As one of the longest trails in the world, the American Discovery Trails takes hikers through a myriad of terrains and notable regions of the continental United States, including through the Appalachian Mountains, across the Great Plains, up the Rocky Mountains, and across the Sierra Nevada Mountains en route to the west coast.
The gorgeous 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail runs from the border between New Mexico and Mexico up through Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, where it ends at the border with Canada.The slightly shorter northern trail is about 4,834 miles. It goes through Chicago and stays mostly around that latitude, while the longer Southern route is a whopping 5,057 miles or so and goes through St. Louis.

Although it’s rugged and rather remote in certain areas, it’s well marked and well maintained, managed by the non-profit Appalachian Trail Conservancy, along with the National Park Service and the United States Forest Service.
After the Great Trail, the E1 European Long-Distance Path earns the mark as the second-longest trail in the world. Traversing more than 4,960 miles through seven countries, the E1 starts at the Northern edge of Norway in the arctic circle, then drops into Finland, then down Sweden to Malmo, where it crosses into Denmark.

What county is Cane Creek NC in?
Cane Creek Park | Union County, NC.
Interestingly, despite being nearly 15,000 miles long and having a decent level of continuity, each individual section of the Great Trail is owned and operated by local conservation groups and governments.

Typically referred to as the Appalachian Trail for short, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail stretches about 2,200 miles south to north along the East Coast of the United States.There are over 400 community trails that are part of the Great Trail system, and certain sections are being updated and improved to be safer and clearer. For example, greenways are being added alongside dangerous road sections.

It spans the states of California, Oregon, and Washington from its trailhead just south of Campo, California, at the border between the U.S. and Mexico, to its end at Manning Park in British Columbia, at the U.S and Canadian border.
It’s a newer trail, being completed in 2011. Hence, modifications are likely to continue to occur, and despite the road chunks, hikers will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful vistas imaginable.This long hiking trail is the only coast-to-coast trail closer to vehicular traffic. Although it’s most popular among hikers, it can be traversed almond in its entirety on horseback.

How about making it the top 10 longest trails and include the North Country Trail which is the longest National Scenic Trail in the United States at 4800 mi
The good news is that there are plans to build out new sections of trail to replace road sections, with the goal of eventually paring back the road portions to no more than 5% of the entire trail. From its start in Cape Reinga to its termination in Bluff, the trail is made up of a bunch of new and older railway tracks and walkways, though portions are linked only by roads. Some of the terrain is relatively remote, while other areas are cultural hubs, and a fair amount of the trail meanders through areas of active volcanoes.The Appalachian Trail is tremendously popular among thru-hikers and section hikers alike, with some 2 million hikers enjoying some part of the trail every year.

Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area, a new nature park that provides public access to Alamance County’s largest state-significant natural heritage area. Hikers will enjoy rolling piedmont hills, abundant creeks and streams, and some of the best views in the County. Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area is located in the Cane Creek Mountains Range, a Piedmont Monadnock range that covers much of the southwest quadrant of Alamance County. The mountain range is also home to the highest peak in North Carolina east of Greensboro at 987 feet. The park will eventually include an observation tower, trailhead, hiking trails, and camping facilities. Phase one of the park, including the first hiking trails, parking area and bathroom facility is open now.
According to users from, the best place to hike in Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area is Cane Creek Northern Approach Trail, which has a 4.6 star rating from 566 reviews. This trail is 3.9 km long with an elevation gain of 106 m.

If you’re looking for elevation gain, Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area has you covered. Cane Creek Northern Approach Trail boasts the most elevation gain with 106 m of total ascent. The park’s runner-up is Heartleaf Loop, which will get you 21 m of elevation gain.
According to, the longest trail in Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area is Cane Creek Northern Approach Trail. This trail is estimated to be 3.9 km long.While a full thru-paddle requires one to two months, the NFCT’s Thomas says paddling individual sections takes between three and five days each. She recommends using the NFCT’s virtual trip planner before venturing out.

“The paddle-sports industry as a whole is seeing a huge uptick, and the NFCT has fielded more trip-planning inquiries this summer than in years past,” says Karrie Thomas, longtime paddler and executive director of the NFCT nonprofit. “My hope is that people benefit from the time outside and the physical activity, and also make connections with the incredible landscapes and communities that our trails lead them to.”
Wars soon followed. The allied French and Native Americans, including the Northeast’s Wabanaki and Mohawk tribes, battled the British for control of present-day NFCT land. “Up to 1770, the whole NFCT went through cycles of peace and war,” Wiseman says. “It was very unstable, but the Abenaki and northern Mohawks were steadfast allies. By the 1840s and 1850s, Indigenous people had to merge into French identity…even though many people kept many elements of their culture.”The waterways were “not only our highways, but the basis of all life—and they still are,” says Sherry Gould of the Abenaki Trails Project. Now, as people seek refuge from the novel coronavirus pandemic, the NFCT has become a lifeline for a different constituency, providing open-air recreation and boosting well-being.

When the NFCT opened in 2006, the country had few like it. The record-breaking trail inspired others, including the 400-mile Connecticut River Paddlers Trail and the 117-mile French Broad River Trail from North Carolina to Tennessee. The National Water Trails System, a separate entity that launched under the National Park Service in 2012, also spearheads waterway restoration and conservation across the country.
Thomas’s recommendations for fall-foliage paddle trips include Vermont’s Missisquoi River passage (trail map 4), which starts at the mouth of Lake Champlain and travels west; and Maine’s Moosehead Lake (trail map 11), a tranquil waterway beneath the Longfellow Mountains, renowned for wildlife such as bald eagles. Or, head 90 miles north to the unspoiled Allagash Wilderness Waterway (trail maps 12 and 13), where dark woods and fish-filled waters attract bears, bobcats, and moose—just like they have for millennia.

The extensive waterway—now designated the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT), which stretches for 740-miles—was a life-sustaining artery for Native Americans, who traveled back and forth along its length to trade food and supplies.In the early 2000s, husband-and-wife duo Rob Center and Kay Henry, the former marketing and management principals of Mad River Canoe in Vermont, picked up where Native Trails left off. Center and Henry collaborated with local Native communities to ensure infrastructure, including campgrounds, avoided sacred burial sites. This caution was essential since most burial sites are within 200 feet of a water source, says Stevens. All 13 trail-section maps highlight the area’s Indigenous roots; trail kiosks do the same. “We are a place-based people. Where we lived was everything to us,” says Don Stevens, chief of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk in Abenaki Nation. “These were our highways for trade, for visiting relatives. They were our summer grounds to grow crops, and the soils were fertile because of the floods. The Creator gave us seeds to allow us to feed ourselves, and our promise for those seeds was to be good stewards of the land and animals.” Pines, spruces, and larches stand tall in the 30-million-acre Northern Forest, the largest intact ecosystem east of the Mississippi. But that’s not the only draw of this boreal and hardwood forest that stretches across northern Maine, New Hampshire, Quebec, Vermont, and New York. The longest inland water trail in the U.S. winds through these dense woodlands—now at their most vibrant with autumn colors. And in these thick forests, Indigenous roots run deep. In 1976, outdoorsmen Mike Krepner, Ron Canter, and Randy Mardres of nonprofit Native Trails became fascinated by the forest’s epic narratives. They spent a decade studying old maps and blueprints to revitalize the historic water routes, only to later call it off due to the project’s overwhelming scope and scale.“With COVID-19, there are a lot of places [on the NFCT] where you can find peace and solitude that you maybe couldn’t on nearby hiking trails,” says paddler Laurie Chandler, who wrote about her NFCT expedition in the 2017 book, Upwards. “It’s also much more doable for people my age who want to get out there and have some sort of big challenge.”

What is the longest national trail?
The world’s longest trail is actually further north though, in Canada. The Great Trail, formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail, runs for a rather daunting 14,912 miles (or 24,000km) and is currently the longest hiking trail in the world.
“The lure of this part of the country is its history. I was very conscious of the First Peoples when taking on this project,” says Center. “It wasn’t a right of mine to work with landowners and Indigenous leaders. It was a privilege.”Novice paddlers will appreciate the easier downstream flow while traveling west to east. More experienced oarspeople can find upstream stints, tricky Class IV rapids, and sections of portaging (hiking overland with a canoe or kayak until the next body of water) along the full route.

For short trips or long expeditions, NFCT encompasses everything from camping on isolated Saranac Lake islands (trail map 2) to paddling through landscapes made famous in Henry David Thoreau’s journals in remote northern Maine (trail maps 11 and 12).
Starting in New York State’s Adirondack Region and ending in Fort Kent, Maine, the NFCT links 22 rivers and streams, 56 lakes and ponds, and more than a dozen watersheds. The Haudenosaunee (also known as the Iroquois) and Wabanaki peoples navigated much of the current-day route for hunting and gathering and trading goods such as meats, corn, medicines, and herbs.

American writer, naturalist, and transcendentalist philosopher Henry David Thoreau celebrated the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s waterways in his book The Maine Woods
Then came the European explorers in the early 1500s. They watched Indigenous canoers glide across the waterways with ease and followed suit with their own vessels—spreading disease and disrupting Indigenous hunting patterns along the way. “They unleashed a whole series of diseases like smallpox and influenza,” says Frederick M. Wiseman, Abenaki scholar, activist, and author. “We didn’t have immunity, so that decimated these areas. Some places lost between 60 to 90 percent of their population.”

Receiving landowner approval was another hurdle for the couple, since much of the NFCT winds through private land. Center spent four years meeting with local landowners across the trail’s 45 communities to gain permission for campsites and trail connectors. Now, dozens of local “trail adopters” serve as stewards for their home waterways.
In 2015, Chandler, 53, became the first female to solo thru-paddle the NFCT, navigating rough rapids, camping on secluded islands, waking to wild loon calls—and on one especially memorable occasion—encountering a lone bull moose with a mouthful of grass, knee-deep in the water, near Maine’s Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

Does Burlington NC have mountains?
Cane Creek Mountains is a small mountain range that lies south of Burlington, North Carolina. CachedSimilar
“When paddlers are on those waterways, they’re traveling in the same spots our ancestors did,” says Abenaki chief Stevens. “You wonder if they had the same reaction when you see something beautiful like a moose or heron. You’re not just paddling for exercise. Imagine what it was like and who used to live there.”The Blue Ridge Parkway is in North Carolina as well as Virginia. The parkway is 469 miles long. The parkway is marked by milepost (MP). The BRP begins at MP 0 in Front Royal, VA. Overlooks, visitor centers, campground and other stops are located between Milepost 0 and MP 215.0 in Virginia. The BRP crosses the NC/VA state line at MP216.9. The BRP in NC is from MP 217.5 to MP 469 in Cherokee just south of the GSMNP entrance. Overlooks, visitors centers, picnic areas, etc, are all marked in milepost. This makes it easy to locate any particular place one wants to get to on the 469 miles of the parkway. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes close to Asheville. So part of the BRP is south of Asheville and part is north of Asheville. The city is a good reference point for planning a trip.The High Country is the mountainous region north of Asheville. This region includes such cities and attractions such as Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, West Jefferson, Grandfather Mountain, the northern NC portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Linn Cove Viaduct, and Mt. Mitchell. This area is also known for winter activities like snow skiing, snow tubing, and snowboarding.MP 0 Shenandoah National Park, MP 5.8 Humpback Rocks, MP10.4 Rock Point Overlook, MP22.1 Bald Mountain Overlook, MP52.8 Bluff Mountain Overlook, MP59.7 Otter Creek Overlook, MP 86.0 Peaks of Otter, MP120.4 Roanoke Mountain, MP171.5 Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant, MP176.1 Mabry Mill and restaurant, MP189.1 View Pilot Mountain, and MP213.0 Blue Ridge Music Center.

Here are just some of the popular areas; MP 382 Folk Art Center, MP 364.6 Craggy Gardens, MP 359.8 Balsam Gap Overlook, MP 329.8 View Table Rock, MP 316.4 Linville Falls, MP 306.6 Grandfather Mountain Overlook, MP 304.4 Linn Cove Viaduct, MP 302.8 Rough Ridge Overlook, MP 297.1 Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 294.1 Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, MP 289.8 Yadkin Valley Overlook, MP 266.8 View Mt. Jefferson, MP 258.6 New River State Park, MP 258.6 Northwest Trading Post, MP 241.1 Doughton Park, MP 233.7 Bullhead Mountain Overlook, and MP 217.5 Cumberland Knob.

The Appalachian Mountains are in the eastern United States and extended from Alabama to Canada. The Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina are both part of the larger Appalachian Mountains. The three regions of the mountainous section of North Carolina are the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee region; the Blue Ridge Mountains of the High Country; and the Blue Ridge Mountains at Asheville and the Foothills.
Asheville and the Foothills are the mountainous regions around the city of Asheville and south of Asheville. Some of the attractions popular in this region include Biltmore Estate, the southern end of the BRP, Chimney Rock State Park, Lake Lure, DuPont State Park, Whiteside Mountain, Highlands, Cashiers, Nantahala National Forest, Black Mountain, and Brevard. This area also has a lot of nice waterfalls and scenic lakes.The Great Smoky Mountains popular attractions include Clingmans Dome, Cades Cove, Mt. LeConte, Cherokee, Bryson City, Fontana Dam, and the road referred to as The Tail of the Dragon. Of course, there is so much more to enjoy in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With all the varying elevations in the GSM peak colors during the fall foliage season takes place somewhere all during the month of October.

The Great Smoky Mountains and the GSM National Park are on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. The High Country is the mountainous area north of Asheville (or I-40). The Foothills are the mountainous areas south of Asheville (or I-40).MP 393.8 French Broad Overlook, MP 403 Young Pisgah Ridge Tunnel, MP 403.6 Big Ridge Overlook, MP 407.6 Mount Pisgah Overlook and Trail Head, MP 408.6 Mount Pisgah, MP 410 Graveyard Fields Waterfalls, MP 411.9 View Cold Mountain, MP 417.0 View Looking Glass Rock, MP 418.8 Graveyard Fields and Loop Trail, MP 422.4 View Devil’s Courthouse Trail and Tunnel, MP 431.0 Haywood-Jackson Overlook, MP 431.4 Richland Balsam Overlook and Trail, MP 440.9 View Waynesville Overlook, MP 442.2 Balsam Gap Overlook, MP 451.2 Waterrock Knob and Trail, MP 468.4 View Oconaluftee River, MP 469.1 Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee, NC. The North Carolina mountains cover a lot of areas in western NC. Knowing about the different NC mountain regions is a must when it comes to visiting the area. Whether it’s a summer hiking trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, a trip to Chimney Rock State Park and Lake Lure, or a fall foliage expedition to the High Country, knowing the areas and where to go is a must. Biltmore Estate is located in Asheville NC. Fall foliage color peaks in this area usually in late October due to the lower elevation. The elevation of Asheville is about 2,100 ft. The estate is not directly on the Blue Ridge Parkway. But it is easy to follow the signs and get there once you exit the parkway in the Asheville area. From the Blue Ridge Parkway take the US Highway 25 North exit; Biltmore is approximately 4 miles from the parkway.Here are just some of the popular attractions on the parkway listed by their location and the milepost. Listed by regions: south of Asheville (Foothills); north of Asheville (The High Country) and in Virginia. The North Carolina mountains have one of the longest fall foliage seasons. The fall foliage season in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains can last as long as 5-6 weeks. There are a lot of different places one can go to see our fall foliage. Knowing when to go and where to go is crucial. And the mountains of North Carolina cover a lot of area in Western North Carolina. The GSMNP has over 522,000 acres in the park. The BRP is 469 miles long with a 45mph speed limit. Knowing the different regions and what attractions are in what regions will help one plan a better trip. To help those not familiar with the area, here is a short summary of the three main regions in the mountains of Western North Carolina and just some of their attractions. As Alamance County began creating the park, it had to deal with the vagaries of North Carolina place names. The entrance to the park is off Bass Mountain Road, which Baker said is how many locals would refer to the park’s high point. But the U.S. Geological Survey puts Bass Mountain two miles east.The county began planning the park about a dozen years ago when the Great Recession halted a housing development off Bass Mountain Road and 100 acres suddenly became available, Baker said. But it wasn’t until The Conservation Fund and the Piedmont Land Conservancy got involved that the county had money to begin acquiring property.

The park stands out on a satellite image as a dark forest surrounded by a patchwork of woods, fields and houses. Saving it was a rare opportunity, says Brian Baker, director of Alamance Parks.
So the county parks department studied a map of the county created in 1893 by William L. Spoon, who carefully drew and labeled the geographical features along with every homestead, mill, church and school. Spoon called what is now the high point of the park Pine Hill, so the county named the parking area the Pine Hill Trailhead.

The mountain is not new, of course, but access to it is. The Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area in southern Alamance County opened last spring with 3.5 miles of trails, including one that ascends to what the county parks department says is “the highest peak east of Greensboro at 987 feet.”
The creek that the loop trail follows down the mountain in the park is neither of those. It was an unnamed tributary of Varnals Creek, and the county decided to give the stream a name as a reference point, Baker said. It chose Buggy Shop Branch, because Spoon’s map showed a buggy and wagon shop at the point where it joined Varnals Creek.They returned Thursday under a brilliant late-winter blue sky to hike the 2.5-mile loop trail to the top. Surrounded by the raspy call of chorus frogs, they navigated muddy patches on the trail before it began to climb, zigzagging over and around boulders.

Wendy Panko of Durham learned about the new park when she looked for hiking trails online. She and her husband, Scott, first visited last fall when the woods were full of flowers and mushrooms after a rain.
Holman said he thinks the highest point in the Cane Creek Mountains is just outside the park, on a peak that includes a state fire tower and communications towers.The Cane Creek Mountains are what’s known as a Piedmont monadnock, the worn, isolated remnants of ancient mountains that rise above the surrounding countryside. Others in the region include Occoneechee Mountain in Orange County and Pilot Mountain, north of Winston-Salem. “You’re always looking for a trail you haven’t been on 10 times,” Scott Panko said as they rested near the top. “This reminds us of going to the mountains. And it’s close to home.” Topography kept the Cane Creek Mountains from being turned into farmland like the area around it, said Bill Holman, The Conservation Fund’s North Carolina director.Doug Northup was making his second visit to the park as well. Northup, who moved to the area from North Raleigh after retiring from IBM, said he enjoys hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains around Asheville and Boone but also likes having some elevation close to home.

How big is Cane Creek Lake?
1,700-acre The 1,700-acre Cane Creek Lake was completed in 1987 southeast of Star City as a cooperative project between the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), the U.S. Soil Conservation Service and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.
There are about 15 Cane Creeks in North Carolina, according to the N.C. Gazetteer, including two that flow into the Haw River near the park. The one that joins from the north passes through its namesake reservoir that provides drinking water to Carrboro and Chapel Hill, while the other comes up from the south and west through Snow Camp.There’s a new mountain to climb in central North Carolina, and what it lacks in height and grandeur it makes up for with convenience for hikers in the Triangle.