Florence Nature Preserve Trail

Gerton, North Carolina

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Hickory Nut Gorge is a 10-mile-long valley consisting of steep ramparts to the north and south, through which the Broad River flows before getting bottled up at the east end of the gorge in Lake Lure. It’s a stunning area, a fact that travelers through the valley caught on to early; back in the 1800s, stagecoaches made regular tourist deposits to country inns throughout the gorge. In 1927, the Lake Lure Inn and Spa, a three-story, stucco-and-red-tile-roofed resort, opened and was promptly dubbed the “Waldorf of the South” by The New York Times. Standing at Lake Lure looking west up the gorge, it’s impossible not to fantasize over this emerging hiker’s paradise.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

Hickory Nut Gorge is a 10-mile-long valley consisting of steep ramparts to the north and south, through which the Broad River flows before getting bottled up at the east end of the gorge in Lake Lure. It’s a stunning area, a fact that travelers through the valley caught on to early; back in the 1800s, stagecoaches made regular tourist deposits to country inns throughout the gorge.

In 1927, the Lake Lure Inn and Spa, a three-story, stucco-and-red-tile-roofed resort, opened and was promptly dubbed the “Waldorf of the South” by The New York Times. Standing at Lake Lure looking west up the gorge, it’s impossible not to fantasize over this emerging hiker’s paradise.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gerton
Distance: 3.1
Elevation Gain: 1,003 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 to 3 hours
Season: Best in Summer
Driving Directions: Directions to Florence Nature Preserve Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/4/2013
0

We arrived early before any store or community center was open and spoke with a neighbor who showed us a sign at the bottom of Kelly Hill Rd. that says "no trespassing".


7/16/2009
1

Did about 6 miles on blue trail, orange trail, white trail, and red....all trails are very well maintained but you really need a decent map of area, that you can purchase at little convenient store (nina's place???) on the main road. Word to the wise...i almost stepped on a timber rattle snake that was crossing the trail...he was perfectly camouflaged in the trail so you really need to watch your step (saw other snakes as well on trail)


5/12/2008
1

This is as nice as anywhere on the AT. The trails are in excellent shape. The plants are beautiful. Iif you want more information please look up the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. They own the preserve.



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