Hickory Nut Gorge State Natural Area Trail

Lake Lure, North Carolina

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This area sits on the north rim, just above Lake Lure. The Nature Conservancy, working with smaller area land conservancies, moved in and purchased two tracts: the 312-acre Cedar Knob and 800-acre Rumbling Bald, which make up the Hickory Nut Gorge State Natural Area. (The conservancy also has been active on the south rim, most notably with its 1568-acre purchase of the Worlds Edge parcel.) There’s also the unique Bat Cave property, best known for being home to the largest known granite fissure cave in North America, extending about a mile into the mountain. It’s also one of the most ecologically lush areas in the Southeast, hosting about five hundred different plant species, not including the fifty different species of trees. A recent inventory of the gorge found forty rare plant species, twenty rare animals, and fourteen distinct plant communities.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

This area sits on the north rim, just above Lake Lure. The Nature Conservancy, working with smaller area land conservancies, moved in and purchased two tracts: the 312-acre Cedar Knob and 800-acre Rumbling Bald, which make up the Hickory Nut Gorge State Natural Area. (The conservancy also has been active on the south rim, most notably with its 1568-acre purchase of the Worlds Edge parcel.)

There’s also the unique Bat Cave property, best known for being home to the largest known granite fissure cave in North America, extending about a mile into the mountain. It’s also one of the most ecologically lush areas in the Southeast, hosting about five hundred different plant species, not including the fifty different species of trees. A recent inventory of the gorge found forty rare plant species, twenty rare animals, and fourteen distinct plant communities.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Lure
Distance: 6.2
Elevation Gain: 927 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best in Winter
Local Maps: USGS Lake Lure
Driving Directions: Directions to Hickory Nut Gorge State Natural Area Trail

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