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High Shoals Falls Loop Trail

Waterfall on Jacob Fork River at South Mountains State Park
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SOMO TRAILS ALERT   

Due to recent storm and wind events, many of SOMOs trails have sustained damage that will take some time and effort to repair. Staff will be working on trails, but visitors need to use extreme caution or plan ahead and choose another route.

Shinny Trail: Shinny trail has multiple stream crossings and foot bridges that were damaged by recent flooding. 2 out of the 3 foot bridges have been displaced. Hikers/backpackers should choose another route or plan for at least 3-4 stream crossings shin deep without clear rock-hopping paths. Also, there are multiple places where the trail has washed out and trees with trail blazes have fallen, making route-finding challenging. 

Fox: Unknown status as of 11/17. Waiting assessment.

Saddleback: Saddleback stream crossing rocks have all shifted and hikers should plan on knee deep water or avoid this trail.

Please contact park office for more information and updates. Thanks.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Current status of park facilities   

The park is open daily from 7:00am to 8:00pm.

The visitor center is open. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter.

Picnic areas are open with tables spread out for social distancing and grills are open. Picnic shelters and the amphitheater are not available to reserve.

The family campground, equestrian campground, and backcountry campsites are open but may be FULL. There is no group camping permitted at South Mountains. Only six people or less per site.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL CAMPSITES. All campers, including backpackers, must make a reservation through the system online or by phone (1-877-722-6762). There are no walk-ins. Campers can make same-day reservations up until 9:00pm on the day of your arrival. You must make a reservation before setting up camp on a campsite. You cannot place your personal belongings on a site to "reserve" the site for you. When you arrive for your reservation, use the free Wi-Fi near the visitor center to self-check-in using the Reserve America Camping App. FALL is very busy, and most campsites are already reserved in advance.

Weekend delays: Visitors should expect park entrance delays from 9:30am to 4:00pm on weekends. You may encounter a 30-minute to 1-hour wait time to get into Jacob Fork access. Visitors will be directed to other parking areas once the High Shoals Falls trailhead parking is full. Traffic into the park will be controlled by park rangers for visitor safety and for emergency access. Plan ahead and limit the number of vehicles you take to the park. Maps are available at the visitor center and trailhead kiosks.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.

 Last updated on: Monday, November 2, 2020

Be safe-be seen! Wear Blaze Orange on Benn Knob Trail   

Hikers, mountain-bikers and equestrian riders who plan to ride any portion of Benn Knob Trail should wear an item that is blaze orange. This trail is along boundary and runs through portions of South Mountains Game Lands. Hunting season is in progress. Be safe. Be seen. Now through Jan. 1, 2021.

 Last updated on: Friday, October 23, 2020

High Shoals Falls Loop Trail

The trail crosses the Jacob Fork River and reaches the High Shoals Waterfall one mile from the parking lot. The trail continues up steep steps and crosses the river again above the waterfall. Turn right at trail intersections and return to the parking lot via the “backside” of the loop. Backpackers may prefer going up the less steep backside to reach backcountry campsites.

Trail Location: 
Starts at the Jacob Fork parking area.
Trail Point of Interest: 
Views of the High Shoals Waterfall. By far the most popular trail in the park.
Trail Length: 
2.70 miles
Trail Type: 
loop
Trail Difficulty: 
strenuous hike
Trail Use: 
Hiking
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
blue circle
Bridle trails:

OPEN TODAY

Bike trails:

OPEN TODAY


3001 South Mountain Park Ave.
Connelly Springs, NC 28612

828-433-4772
south.mountains@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 35.5963, -81.600

 

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