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Bay Tree State Natural Area Trails

6707 N.C. 53 E., Kelly

Bay Tree Lake State Natual Area encompasses 620 acres of Longleaf pine forest, Carolina bay, and xeric sandhill upland that features turkey oak, bluejack oak, and southern magnolia.  An undeveloped parking area is located off Hwy 41 approximately 3.5 miles east of NC 701 at White Lake.  This area features sizable populations of eastern fox squirrel and American black bear among the more common species such as gray squirrel, white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbit, bobcat, coyote, river otter, and beaver.  Birders will find a variety of species both indigenous to the forest and the lake shore. 

Tunnel Trail

743 Chimney Rock Park Road, Chimney Rock

The Tunnel Trail spurs off the Weed Patch Mountain Trail near Eagle Rock. It showcases natural stone staircases, which bring hikers up and through a tunnel created by a huge granite rock slab leaning at the base of Eagle Rock. Mountain bikes are not permitted on this trail, foot traffic only. Rock climbing is permitted on Eagle Rock with a permit. Click here to reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock.

Skyline Trail

743 Chimney Rock Park Road, Chimney Rock

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.

Riverwalk Trail

743 Chimney Rock Park Road, Chimney Rock

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.