This Short Hike In North Carolina Leads To Fascinating Evidence Of Ancient Volcanoes
It may come as a surprise to hear that millions of years ago, when all of present-day North Carolina was covered by an ocean, an arc of volcanoes formed and eventually pushed up through the surface of the water to create a few volcanic islands. Even more surprising is that we can still see visible evidence of that volcanic activity – just by taking a hike.
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It’s important to note that removing rocks and ancient artifacts from these trails is not a good idea. Take the ‘leave no trace’ motto one step further and also ‘take no trace’ when you’re chasing volcanoes along the Eno. Also, be sure to refer to the above AllTrails links for each trail before embarking on your volcano adventure, just to make sure the trails are currently open.
For more information about the ancient volcanoes along the Eno River, you can read Phil Bradley’s full geology report here.
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Robin Jarvis is a travel and entertainment writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She spent more than two decades living on the coast in South Carolina and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina - although she still makes it back to see family in South Carolina quite often. When she's not working, she loves to hike, kayak, and check out new adventures. Get in touch at [email protected]
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