No need to haul yourself to the farthest reaches of the state for a trip to the wilderness. Instead, head west from the Triangle just an hour-and-a-half to the Uwharrie National Forest that covers ancient mountains of the same name.There you’ll discover plenty of trails to wander, lakes to swim and little-known clearings to star-gaze from on clear summer nights.Scamper over streams and rocks on the Uwharrie National Recreation Trail and search out evidence of Native Americans and early settlers in the Birkhead Mountain Wilderness Area. Or make your way to the park’s western edge to visit a string of lakes formed by the damming of the Yadkin and Pee Dee rivers.
The space is filling up with antiques, art, jewelry and collectibles that Robinson calls “previously loved treasures” as well as original creations by local artists. “I want this to be a place to showcase local talent,” she said. Pointing to the rocking chairs at the entrance, added, “And a place where people can come in, feel comfortable and linger as long as they like. We are not a regular antique mall. We treat everybody like kin.” Robinson plans to have bluegrass and gospel music groups perform regularly.
This greenway connects to the Roy J. Maness Nature Preserve and is currently over 6 miles long. The trail can be accessed off of Glen Road near the Highway 24/27 interchange and at the Roy J. Maness Nature Preserve. The Town of Troy has also opened a river access and boat access to Little River at the site of the old Smitherman Dam off of