South Mountains State Park

Connellys Springs, North Carolina

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South Mountains State Park is in the largest and loftiest of the mountain ranges that lie east of the Blue Ridge. The range sprawls across 100,000 acres in three counties, with 18,000 acres in the park (just 7,500 acres in the Jacob Creek watershed is open to the public). Luckily, substantial now-unused backcountry seems likely to see trail development. Until then, the existing parcel is amply laced with 47 miles of well-marked trail for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. The park’s 17-mile mountain-bike loop is a rare state park opportunity.
Hiking North Carolina

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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

South Mountains State Park is in the largest and loftiest of the mountain ranges that lie east of the Blue Ridge. The range sprawls across 100,000 acres in three counties, with 18,000 acres in the park (just 7,500 acres in the Jacob Creek watershed is open to the public).

Luckily, substantial now-unused backcountry seems likely to see trail development. Until then, the existing parcel is amply laced with 47 miles of well-marked trail for hiking,
horseback riding, and mountain biking. The park’s 17-mile mountain-bike loop is a rare state park opportunity.

© 2016 Randy Johnson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Connellys Springs
Distance: 0.6-9 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: South Mountains State Park, 3001 South Mountain Park Ave., Connelly Springs 28612; (828) 433-4772; ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/somo/main.php e-mail: south.mountains@ncparks.gov
Local Maps: USGS Benn Knob, Casar, and South Morganton. Download the trail map from the state park’s website
Driving Directions: Directions to South Mountains State Park

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