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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.

Bird Trail

240 Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs

The Bird Trail is one of the park's original trails and is accessed by hiking to the end of the 350-Yard Trail and then crossing the Mill Creek boardwalk. The Bird Trail joins the Galax Trail and takes hikers near another section of the park's cliffs along the Neuse River. Near this section of trail, the woods were occupied by both Union and Confederate soldiers in 1862 following the Battle of Whitehall (Seven Springs) and a number of pickets have been found on the park in more recent years.

Ledge Spring Trail

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle

A very challenging trail with rock steps. The trail begins at the Grindstone Trail and ends at the Jomeokee Trail. The trail travels along the foot of the cliffs and ledges to the west of the Little Pinnacle. The spring is just a trickle of water, but the walk below the cliffs is beautiful.

 

Grindstone Trail

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle

A moderately sloped trail through the woods to the summit parking area. The trail starts across the road from the park office at the kiosk. The trail continues up through the woods to a rock building, where you will cross the main park road and hike out past the campground, where the trail climbs the mountain through the woods to the summit. The trail ends at the summit picnic area. Vegetation on this trail changes with elevation. Parking for this trail is at the park office.