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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

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.

 


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.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
0.30 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
white triangle

Hidden Cove Trail
Location: Gravel trailhead parking area west of Visitor Center

Description:

This foot trail begins at a small parking area near the visitor center and connects to Turkey Ridge Trail. With gentle slopes and a narrow tread, this is an excellent location to observe wildlife, including deer and turkey.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
orange diamond

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.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
2.70 miles
loop
Difficulty:
strenuous
Blaze:
blue circle

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.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
3.30 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous
Blaze:
orange square

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.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.10 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
red hexagon

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00am
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 2:00pm