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Status of park facilities as of May 22   

All campsites are open at Gorges State Park. Raymond Fisher campsites can be reserved online or campers can bring exact change ($15 per night per site) and register in-person at the trailhead. Other backcountry campsites are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Trails and restrooms are open. The visitor center remains closed.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff, or wear a face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible, and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 22, 2020

Lime Kiln Trail

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This is a short hike off of the Auger Hole Trail that will lead you down to the abandoned lime kilns. Settlers mined marble along Bearwallow Creek not too far from where it empties into the Toxaway River. Marble is metamorphosed limestone. They burned the marble in kilns to make quicklime, which they used for mortar, plaster, whitewash, and fertilizer. The kilns along this trail were used in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Although Lower Bearwallow Falls is close by, the Lime Kiln trail does not provide access.

Trail Location: 
Trail head is located on the Auger Hole Trail. The Auger Hole trail is accessible from the Frozen Creek Access on Frozen Creek Road and the Chestnut Mountain 4x4 Road, which is accessible from the Grassy Ridge Access off NC 281.
Trail Point of Interest: 
Lime kilns used by early settlers
Trail Length: 
0.60 miles
Trail Type: 
loop
Trail Difficulty: 
moderate hike
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
White Squares

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Contact the park
 

828-966-9099

gorges@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Visitor center

976 Grassy Ridge Road
Sapphire, NC 28774

GPS: 35.0960, -82.9510

 

Frozen Creek access

Frozen Creek Road
Brevard, NC 28712

GPS: 35.1086, -82.8837
 

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