100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina
by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)
© Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
I did this hike for the first time with my trusted companion. There was still a little snow on the ground, so it took a little longer, but the views were great and the park was wonderful.
Here is the path we took:
H.Q. Trail to the Possum Trail,
Possum Trail to the Horseridge Trail,
Horseridge Trail to the Sawtooth Tail,
Sawtooth Tail to the Chestnut Knob Trail,
Chestnut Knob Trail back to the H.Q. Trail.
The hike was a little under 7 miles and it took us 3 hrs and 15 mins with two 20 min stops.
The day started sunny but quickly became overcast and cool. Bear weather. This trail has great variety in topography, trail type, and flora. Excellent falls, some just-off-trail swimming hole opportunities, and not much in the way of traffic (at least on a Monday morning in mid-April.) The first 1/2 mile is your hardest climb, from there on I'd say it's moderate to easy going.
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