|At the overlook with the Eno River behind me|
But the other half of the name -- Mountain? We don't have mountains in the piedmont!???
I had never heard of Occoneechee Mountain until it was posted as a hike location for my local meet-up group. About 50 hikers from the group met at Occoneechee last Sunday to enjoy a wonderful afternoon hiking together in the sunshine. Occoneechee Mountain is in the Triangle area of NC, just a little more than a half hour from my home. We have hills around here, but I wasn't aware of any mountains (and you'd think a mountain would be something that you notice). So I was surprised to discover something near home with "mountain" in it's name.
|The group gathering at the trail head ready to hike.|
The Answer: Occoneechee Mountain. The backside of the main trail at Occoneechee includes a climb of over 300 vertical feet in less than a half mile. Believe me, after several ascents up that incline on this hike, my calf muscles were easily convinced that the word "mountain" belongs in the name. Occoneeeeecheeeeee!
|Looking up at the summit from a short way down at the old rock quarry.|
|Following the trail along the Eno River.|
|Enjoying the scenery from the top of a big rock before the main ascent.|
|View of the Eno River from the rock.|
|Second day in a row with some barefoot rock climbing. :)|
|Made it down safely. Now up to the summit.|
|Seriously? We have these in the piedmont?!! I had no idea!|
|Enjoying the view from the overlook. What a great day!|
PS -- If you're wondering what ever happened to that Barefooting FAQ I promised, I haven't forgotten. I'll get that posted within in the next 2 weeks.