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Old 06-28-2015, 07:19 PM
 
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So a while back my husbands company was going to move us to North Carolina but they Changed their minds. Well they are looking now to move us to Willimington NC now which I'm highly disappointed about since I found out it was a port city. Lived in Tampa fo my whole life and I was born to hike. We take week trips to hike the app. Trail and we take frequent trips we to hike through NC but much much closer to the Virginia line. We hate living in city's as well. Any towns in commuting distance more woodsy? Small towns, good schools, hiking in a day's drive at least? 30 years at the beach is far to many for us, we love pilot mountain area. So is there anything like that in commuting distance? Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Southport
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There's lots of small towns around Wilmington. Look into Boiling Spring Lakes. Its almost all residential, very woodsy, built around several lakes, so its nice for walking around and nearby is Brunswick Nature Park, a 900 acre park with hiking trails.
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Old 06-29-2015, 07:56 AM
 
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Western Pender County is beautiful terrain...very woodsy. Use the 421 corridor up from Wilmington and it quickly changes from industrial port city to two lane rural road. Problem would be the schools, many use the option of Harrells Christian Academy in southern Sampson Co, which people in that area seem to like. The Moore's Creek National Battlefield is in that area and the Black River is a great place for kayaking.

In terms of hiking, its a pretty easy drive to the Uwharrie National Forest, a few hours from the Wilmington area. There is little to no traffic using 74 towards Charlotte. Besides that the White Lake area (about an hour from Wilmington) is pretty and secluded, Lake Waccamaw (about 30 minutes) can be used for recreational stuff.
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Old 06-29-2015, 08:46 PM
 
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Thank you! We find out for sure on Friday so I'll be searching around your suggestions!
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Southport
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Western Pender County will result in a rather lengthy commute to Wilmington.
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:16 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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There are good schools in Hampstead and you could search for a community that preserves the trees. Eagle Watch is one beautiful example, but it may be sold out.

A closer hiking opportunity is in Lillington at Raven Rock State Park. The trails are only a few miles long but there are beautiful trees and interesting rock formations.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:44 AM
 
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The schools are very good in Hampstead, and we moved here two years ago. I get your issues with the Coastal living. My husband and I are much more mountain people (we also like to hike), but his job transfer landed us in this area two years ago. We spent a weekend up in the Asheville area recently and there are wonderful hiking areas......but it is a long drive. You will find walking trails in the Wilmington area, but most are flat with no real big change in terrain. You will have to drive to the hills for that. But....on a good note, the area is fun here....with tons of stuff to do :-)
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Old 06-30-2015, 06:18 AM
 
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The schools are very good in Hampstead, and we moved here two years ago. I get your issues with the Coastal living. My husband and I are much more mountain people (we also like to hike), but his job transfer landed us in this area two years ago. We spent a weekend up in the Asheville area recently and there are wonderful hiking areas......but it is a long drive. You will find walking trails in the Wilmington area, but most are flat with no real big change in terrain. You will have to drive to the hills for that. But....on a good note, the area is fun here....with tons of stuff to do :-)
This.

Like the song says, if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with.

The Wilmington area is a terrific place to live.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:09 AM
 
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Western Pender County will result in a rather lengthy commute to Wilmington.
Not true....you can get from Currie, Wards Corner, even Piney Woods to downtown Wilmington in less than 30 minutes using 421. There is no traffic on that road. I have recommended it to older folks that wanted acreage (with no children) who work downtown before. The cost is cheaper as well because its further from the water. That stretch of 421 has been used for a ton of filming over the years because it is secluded. Its also used for the bike portion of the annual Ironman Triathlon.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:20 AM
 
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Not true....you can get from Currie, Wards Corner, even Piney Woods to downtown Wilmington in less than 30 minutes using 421. There is no traffic on that road. I have recommended it to older folks that wanted acreage (with no children) who work downtown before. The cost is cheaper as well because its further from the water. That stretch of 421 has been used for a ton of filming over the years because it is secluded. Its also used for the bike portion of the annual Ironman Triathlon.
Atkinson to downtown Wilmington is 30 miles. I'd call that a lengthy commute. YMMV.
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