The loop is 3.2 miles and the connector trail from the parking lot to the trail is .35 miles one way. This moderate trail follows the contours, slowly going down to the wetlands and slowly back up.
The Mountain Laurel Loop Trail starts at the Moccasin Branch Road access. This trail is a newly constructed, natural surface, beginner level mountain bicycle trail built to accommodate hand cycles. This very scenic trail with winding turns and gentle slopes traverses through diverse ecosystems with stands of pine and hardwood timber. Mountain laurel occupies much of the understory along the trail as it travels across the contours of the north facing slopes, while the southern exposures provide more open forests for longer range views across the landscape.
The Skyline Trail starts at Exclamation Point and guides visitors even higher in elevation to Peregrine Point at 2,640 feet. After gazing across and into scenic Hickory Nut Gorge, visitors can continue their woodland hike to Falls Creek, which begins its 404-foot plunge as Hickory Nut Falls near the trail's end.
This trail provides free access to the Rocky Broad River in Chimney Rock where visitors can stroll by boulder-strewn waters and readily access local shops and restaurants. Free parking available in the village alongside Highway 64/74A. Look for the public accesses next to the Old Rock Cafe and the village restrooms.
Our newest trail, that includes several natural rock and tree obstacles and is rated as a difficult trail for hiking and moderate for biking.
In the beginning, an eagle scout had a vision and after five years long years of hard work and perseverance that vision is a reality. The construction of the boardwalk, with the help of many, was completed in March 2016. The boardwalk connects Lake Shore Trail to the Pine Woods Trail, making the trail three miles. This trail will give you the best of both worlds, with a little of the woods mixed in with the lake shore. We hope you make time to take a stroll on the boardwalk.
This trail is a pleasant, one-mile wheelchair-accessible trail that loops through diverse habitats. There are several exercise and activity stations set up along the way. This is a multi-use trail for bicycle and foot traffic only. No motorized vehicles allowed.
A popular trail in the park with easy access from the Crabtree Creek entrance. The trail is best reached from the parking lot located behind the visitor center or near the boathouse on Big Lake. The trail makes for a quick option with little elevation change throughout its route. Views of Big Lake are a highlight along the southwest section.
A short loop that connects to Company Mill Trail. A section of the trail follows a small stream to the south. To the north, the trail offers views into the slopes along Crabtree Creek with dense thickets of mountain laurel. Benches are available along the route and several species of trees are identified with interpretive signs.