A Capsule History of the Uwharrie Trail Club
Realizing the uniqueness and diversity of the Uwharrie Mountains Range, possibly the oldest mountain range in North America, hikers Joe Moffitt and Mike Chisholm set out to mark a trail that would eventually traverse the entire length of the range.

Once the trail was marked, work on the ground began and with the help of local Boy Scouts the northern section, in Randolph County, was completed in 1968.  In 1972 the southern section, in Montgomery County, was started by National Forest Service rangers and local Boy Scouts. The two sections were joined in 1975.

As work on the trail progressed, it was obvious that additional volunteer help would be required to provide the necessary stewardship to maintain a first class trail.  In 1974, with help from the Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers (PATH), the Greater Uwharrie Mountains Preservation and Appreciation Committee (GUMPAC) was formed. The  name was later changed to the Uwharrie Trail Club (UTC), and it’s mission broadened to promote the enjoyment and stewardship of all public lands in the Uwharrie Mountains Region.
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