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Sandhills Access: Wire Grass Loop Trail

2505 Long Valley Road, Spring Lake

This trail starts at the intersection where the equestrian access trail and the Longleaf Pine Trail meet, goes past the parking lot and loops back around to the Longlead Pine Trail. Visitors can observe the scenic longleaf pine with wiregrass understory, which is a glimple of what the Sandhills of North Carolina is supposed to look like with prescribed fire.

Bean Shoals access: Yadkin Islands Trail

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle

This moderate hiking and bridle trail begins at the Hauser Road parking area. The bridle portion of the trail ends at the intersection with Yadkin River Park Trail, which horseback riders can take back to make a 2-mile loop. The hiking portion of the trail is 1.5 miles one way, ending at the intersection with Bean Shoals Canal Trail.

Hikers may cross the river at your own risk to explore the islands in the river, which are unmarked and unblazed. Do not attempt to cross the river if you cannot see the bottom.

Bean Shoals access: Corridor Trail

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle

This sloped, strenuous 6.6-mile hiking and bridle trail meanders through pine and hardwood forests connecting the mountain section and river section of Pilot Mountain State Park.

The parking lots for this trail are located at Pinnacle Hotel Road/Culler Road and at Hauser Road.

Please note: Horse and rider must remain on marked bridle trail. No horses may cross the Yadkin Valley Railroad. Horses may only be unloaded and trailers may only be parked in the lots at each end of the Corridor Trail (at Pinnacle Hotel Road/Culler Road and at Hauser Road).