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RE-OPENED AS OF JANUARY 1ST    

South Mountains State Park  re-opened on January 1st to the public following the Chestnut Knob Fire.

Chestnut Knob and Shinny trails will remain closed for an indefinite period of time until a more thorough assessment can be done. Visitors will not be allowed to access either trail, until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and for helping park rangers keep everyone's visit safe and enjoyable by observing these trail closures.

 

 Posted on: Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 8:49am
Sawtooth Backcountry Hike In Due to Chestnut Knob trail closure   

Campers registering for Sawtooth Backcountry campsites will need to plan for a 3.7mile hike beginning on Little River Trail, continuing on Upper CCC Trail and then turning onto Sawtooth Trail. Please take this extra mileage into consideration when planning your trip. Chestnut Knob Trail is and will continue to be closed for an indefinite amount of time due to extreme tread damage and safety concerns. Park staff are currently planning to reroute sections of Chestnut Knob Trail. Chestnut Knob Overlook is still open from Sawtooth Trail.

 Posted on: Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 8:27am
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, but there’s an accessible, educational 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.
Point of Interest: Benn Knob is one of the highest peaks in the park.
Length:
2.90 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
orange triangle
Surface: Natural surface
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 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.
Point of Interest: Winter viewing of High Shoals Falls. Beautiful view of the South Mountains range from the top.
Length:
2.10 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
white diamond
Surface: Natural surface
Clear Creek Trail
Location: Starts at the Clear Creek Dam.
Description: 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.
Point of Interest: The 22 ac. Clear Creek lake is adjacent to this trail.
Length:
2.00 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
white circle
Surface: Natural surface
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.
Point of Interest: A confederate soldier’s grave is located at the western end of the trail near the Fox Backcountry Campsite.
Length:
3.70 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
white hexagon
Fox Trail at South Mountains State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
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.
Point of Interest: One of the main artery trails which provides access to many other trails and backcountry camping areas.
Length:
1.90 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
orange hexagon
Surface: Natural surface
Contact:

South Mountains State Park

3001 South Mountain Park Avenue
Connelly SpringsNC 28612
Phone828-433-4772
south.mountains@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.596300
Longitude: -81.600000

Park Hours:

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