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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.

 

Sawtooth Trail
Location: Connects Upper CCC Trail to Horseridge Trail. Closest access is 2.5 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area.
Description: Sawtooth Trail crosses Little River at the top of a waterfall. The trail follows a ridgeline that climbs to a view south into the Jacob Fork Watershed. Sawtooth Campground is located off of this trail. Horses and hikers share Sawtooth Trail.
Point of Interest: Beautiful views of the South Mountains range.
Length:
2.20 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
blue hexagon
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
Shinny Trail
Location: Starts at the Shinny Creek Backcountry Campsite, which is 1.2 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area.
Description: Be prepared to cross the creek twice and navigate a log foot bridge. The foot trail ascends steeply to Upper Falls Trail.
Point of Interest: Shinny Creek, Shinny Creek Backcountry Campsites
Length:
2.60 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
blue diamond
Surface: Natural surface
Turkey Ridge Trail
Location: Starts at the equestrian parking lot. Main artery for the equestrian trails.
Description: The trail provides access to Saddleback Trail. Turkey Ridge Trail crosses the park road and ascends to Little River Trail. Horses and hikers share this trail.
Point of Interest:
Length:
1.70 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
orange circle
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
Upper CCC Trail
Location: Connects Little River Trail to Horseridge Trail. Closest access is 2.1 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area.
Description: The Upper CCC Trail was named for the Camp Dyer CCC. The trail has views north into the Little River Watershed. Horses and hikers share this trail.
Point of Interest: One of the few relatively flat trails in the park.
Length:
1.60 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
red diamond
Surface: Natural surface
Upper Falls Trail
Location: Connects Raven Rock Trail to Lower CCC Trail. Closest access is 1.1 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area.
Description: The trail divides the park north and south. It crosses the Jacob Fork River above High Shoals Falls. Be prepared for a stream crossing. The trail continues through the Upper Falls Backcountry Campsite and climbs steeply to a vista. It continues west to Jacob Branch Backcountry Campsite and ends on the Lower CCC Trail. Horses, hikers and bicycle riders share this trail.
Point of Interest: Jacob Fork River access, Upper Falls and Jacob Branch backcountry campsites.
Length:
3.70 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
white square
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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