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Hiking Trail

New Boardwalk

1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw

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.

Sal's Branch Trail

8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

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.

Inspiration Trail

8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

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.

Company Mill Trail

8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

Company Mill Trail begins with the one mile spur to Crabtree Creek and the site of Company Mill. After crossing the bridge, the spur connects to the loop. Scenic areas along the trail include the banks of Crabtree and Sycamore Creek. Signs of an additional mill, Lynn Mill, can be found along Sycamore Creek.

Mount Mitchell Trail

2388 N.C. 128, Burnsville

Today, this is the trail mainly used to climb Mount Mitchell. The trail begins at the Black Mountain Campground (operated by the U.S. Forest Service) and ends at the summit. This 6-mile trail requires about 4.5 hours of strenuous hiking to reach the top and 3.5 hours to return. Numerous dead trees (killed mainly by sub-zero temperatures and high winter winds) are seen as hikers near the top of Mount Mitchell.

Camp Alice Trail

2388 N.C. 128, Burnsville

This strenuous trail intersects the Old Mitchell Trail 0.25 mile from the summit and descends the south side of Mount Mitchell to an area called Camp Alice, an old logging camp from the early 1900s. The railroad serving Camp Alice was torn up in the early 1920s and a road opened for vehicles. Between the 1920s and 1940s, tourists drove to Camp Alice and then hiked the remaining mile to Mount Mitchell’s summit. Today, nothing remains of Camp Alice and in spite of its name, camping is not permitted here.