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Hiking Through A Ghost Forest: The Spooky Reality Of Hiking A Mountain Trail After A Massive Forest

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

Welcome to Pilot Mountain, NC and this iconic mountain in 2021 had an overwhelming fire that turned this forest oasis into a blackened scorched landmark. Watch here or click the video below to see more.

In late November, a fire blazed through


, in North Carolina. The fire, which was started by a lightning strike, burned for nearly two weeks. When it was finally extinguished, the damage was significant.


Over 3,000 acres of forest had been burned, and countless trees were destroyed. In the aftermath of the fire, the landscape of Pilot Mountain State Park was changed forever. The once-lush forest was now blackened and charred. The ground was covered in ash and soot.


Despite the destruction, Pilot Mountain State Park is still a beautiful place. And, it’s a great place to hike. If you’re planning on hiking in a burned area, there are a few things you should keep in mind.


First, be aware of your surroundings. Burned areas can be unstable, and there may be hidden dangers, such as falling trees or loose rocks.


Second, wear the proper clothing. Long pants and long sleeves will help protect you from the elements. And, wear closed-toe shoes to avoid getting cuts or scrapes.


Third, carry plenty of water. Hiking in a burned area can be taxing, and you’ll need to stay hydrated.


Fourth, be prepared for changes in the weather. Burned areas are often hotter and drier than unburned areas. So, be sure to pack sunscreen and a hat.


Finally, have a plan. Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return. And, be sure to bring a map and a compass.


Hiking in a burned area can be a unique and rewarding experience. Just be sure to take the necessary precautions.


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