High Shoals Falls Loop Trail

Morganton, North Carolina 28655

High Shoals Falls Loop Trail

High Shoals Falls Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Comprised of more than 18,000 acres you could spend weeks exploring the vast terrain of this state park. There’s a campground, equestrian camping, and an astonishing 47.0 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The South Mountain Range is equally as expansive. It encompasses three counties and once served as a buffer between the Cherokee and Catawba Tribes and early white settlers.

The hike begins as a leisurely stroll along the Hemlock Nature Trail. You pass interpretive signs about streamside birds, minnows, and animal tracks. You may learn a thing or two while following the shallow rocky river. You’ll see families wading in the water, and the dogs can too."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Year-round. Hours differ.
1,361 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,885 feet
Top Elevation
South Mountains State Park, 3001 South Mountain Park Ave., Connelly Springs; (828) 433-4772; www.ncparks.gov
Local Contacts
DeLorme: North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer, page 33, F7
Local Maps