Florence Nature Preserve Trail

Gerton, North Carolina 28735

Florence Nature Preserve Trail

Florence Nature Preserve Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Florence Nature Preserve Trail Reviews

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8/4/2013
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".
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7/16/2009
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)
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5/12/2008
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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Trail Information

Gerton
Nearby City
3.1
Distance
1,003 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 to 3 hours
Duration
Best in Summer
Season

Activity Feed

Jul 2018