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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.

 

Hemlock Nature Trail
Location: Starts in the southwest corner of the Jacob Fork parking area. The trail connects to the park amphitheater, High Shoals Falls Loop Trail and the River Trail.
Description:

This self-guided nature trail has informational displays about riparian ecology. It provides an easy hike along the Jacob Fork River.

Point of Interest: Jacob Fork River runs right beside the trail.
Length:
0.30 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
white triangle
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
High Shoals Falls Loop Trail
Location: Starts at the Jacob Fork parking area.
Description:

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.

Point of Interest: Views of the High Shoals Waterfall. By far the most popular trail in the park.
Length:
2.70 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
blue circle
Surface: Natural surface
Horseridge Trail
Location: Connects Lower CCC to Upper CCC. Closest access is 4.8 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area.
Description:

This is a remote strenuous ridgeline trail that offers views west to Walker Top Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Point of Interest: Views of the Black Mountains, Table Rock and Hawksbill.
Length:
3.30 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
orange square
Surface: Natural surface
Jacob Branch Trail
Location: Connects Upper Falls Trail to Fox Trail. Closest access is 3 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area.
Description:

This moderate foot trail crosses Jacob Branch and ascends southwest to Fox Trail.

Point of Interest: Walk along the riparian area of Jacob Branch.
Length:
1.10 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
red hexagon
Jacob Branch Trail at South Mountains State Park
Surface: Natural surface
Little River Trail
Location: Starts at the Jacob Fork parking area.
Description:

The trail crosses Little River and connects to the Upper CCC Trail. Horseback riders share part of this trail with hikers.

Point of Interest: Views of the Little River
Length:
2.10 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
blue triangle
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

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