South Mountains State Park — High Shoals Waterfall/HQTrail Loop

Casar, North Carolina 28020

South Mountains State Park — High Shoals Waterfall/HQTrail Loop

South Mountains State Park — High Shoals Waterfall/H.Q.Trail Loop Professional Review and Guide

"When I asked the park ranger to recommend a loop hike encompassing the popular High Shoals Waterfall, the park’s signature attraction, she took the trail map and outlined two options.

There was the High Shoals Falls Loop of about 2.5 miles or the Upper Falls Trail combined with the H.Q. Trail for a total of 5 miles. “Of course,” she added, “the gate closes at 8:00.” It was just 5:30. What, I wondered, was she trying to say? Turns out she was simply trying to say this is one challenging 5-mile trail."

South Mountains State Park — High Shoals Waterfall/H.Q.Trail Loop Reviews

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1/16/2010
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.
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4/14/2008
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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South Mountains State Park — High Shoals Waterfall/H.Q.Trail Loop Photos

Trail Information

Casar
Nearby City
5
Distance
1,237 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Duration
Best in Summer
Season
Waterfalls
Features
USGS Benn Knob, Morganton South
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018