South Mountains State Park received approximately 10-14 inches of snow this past weekend. Trails are currently covered in snow and ice. Boots and hiking sticks are strongly recommended. Please remember to dress in layers and come prepared to safely enjoy the winter wonderland. Avoid trails with stream crossings as snow and ice melt will result in higher streams with chunks of ice floating in them. High Shoals Falls Loop is open but very challenging. Steps and rocks aren't visible under the snow, and footing will be tricky. Saddleback Trail will remain closed as snow and ice melt. Please remember, in case of an emergency, staff response times will be delayed until conditions improve. Stay on the trails. Be prepared for freezing temperatures. Please contact the park office with any questions. Enjoy your visit!Last updated on: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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, but there’s an accessible, educational along the Jacob Fork River.
The trail serves as a boundary between North Carolina gamelands and the park. Benn Knob Peak is a restricted area.
The trail ascends one mile to a scenic view of High Shoals Falls. It continues another mile up to Chestnut Knob. This rock outcropping offers a beautiful view of the Jacob Fork Gorge.
Clear Creek Trail is the only trail on the western side of the park at present. 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.
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.
The trail provides access to Shinny Creek Trail, the Shinny Creek Backcountry Campsite and the Upper Falls Trail.