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3001 South Mountain Park Ave.
Connelly Springs, NC 28612

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

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.5963, -81.600

 

Open Daily (except Christmas Day) 7am
Closing Hours
December, January and February 7pm
November 8pm
March, April and October 9pm
May - September 10pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
8am - 5pm weekdays and weekends
Closed Christmas Day

List of trails

Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are accommodated on a trail system that also gives access to backcountry campsites. Rugged terrain offers trail segments that are moderate to strenuous. There is also an accessible, educational trail along the Jacob Fork River.

 


Benn Knob Trail
Location: Connects Lower CCC Trail to Raven Rock Trail. Closest access is 5 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area.

Description:

The trail serves as a boundary between North Carolina gamelands and the park. Benn Knob Peak is a restricted area.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
2.90 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
orange triangle

Chestnut Knob Trail
Location: Starts off of High Shoals Falls Loop Trail, 0.2 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area.

Description:

The trail ascends 1.2 miles to a scenic view of High Shoals Falls and Hugo Rock. It continues another 1.4 miles up to Chestnut Knob Overlook. This rock outcropping offers a beautiful view of the Jacob Fork Gorge.


Surface: natural surface, stairs

Length:
2.10 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous
Blaze:
white diamond

Clear Creek Trail
Location: Starts at the Clear Creek Dam.

Description:

This “out and back” trail starts at the Clear Creek Dam and ascends into the Clear Creek Watershed for a quiet, reflective retreat into nature. The Clear Creek Access area is open from sunrise to sunset.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
2.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous
Blaze:
white circle

Fox Trail
Location: Connects Lower CCC Trail to Raven Rock Trail. Closest access is 4.1 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area.

Description:

This remote trail has an expansive vista of the Blue Ridge at the eastern end of the trail. It descends to Nettle Branch and then winds around mountains ridges.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
3.70 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous
Blaze:
white hexagon

Headquarters Trail
Location: Starts at the Shinny Creek picnic area, 0.5 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area.

Description:

The trail provides access to Shinny Creek Trail, the Shinny Creek Backcountry Campsite and the Upper Falls Trail.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.90 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous
Blaze:
orange hexagon