A short but challenging hike up to an incredible view of Chimney Rock Mountain and Hickory Nut Gorge. More than 50 boulder problems for climbers as well.
Trail built with the leadership of the Carolina Climbers Coalition with easements and support from Chimney Rock Village.
Trailhead is located at the top of the village paid parking lot next to Medina’s Bistro and Burntshirt Vinyards tasting room.
The Youngs Mountain Trail is a 4.2-mile round-trip, out and back hike. When you reach the endpoint on the summit of Young’s Mountain, enjoy a spectacular
view of Lake Lure, sheer rock faces of Rumbling Bald, Shumont Mountain, and Eagle Rock. Also visible are Weed Patch Mountain, Buffalo Creek Park, the
lower Hickory Nut Gorge, and Mt. Mitchell on a clear day.
The hike is rated as strenuous, rising 1,200 feet in elevation, climbing up stone and log steps for much of the way. Also featured are exposed cliffs and
rock outcrops, offering extraordinary views of surrounding cliffs, mountains, valleys, and lakes – use caution in these sections.
There is extremely limited parking available at the current Youngs Mountain trailhead, which is located within the gated Tatanka community north of
Lake Lure. Conserving Carolina is working toward a future extension that will add approximately 1.5 miles to the trail and connect to a larger
parking area outside of the gated neighborhood.
Parking is free and available to the public but you must register for a pass for one of the limited parking spaces. To register, visit Conserving Carolina’s Trails page using the link below:
Once you are registered for a parking pass, Conserving Carolina will send you the gate code and directions to the trailhead.
This 185 acre preserve is located between between Saluda and Tryon. The trails take you to features including a drip falls, sheer cliffs, and a viewpoint
across the river valley.
Length: The most popular hike goes to the drip falls, which is about one mile each way (two miles out and back). If you include the spur trail to the cliffs,
there are a total of 1.3 miles of trail (2.6 miles round trip).
The blue and yellow trails are moderate. The red trail to the cliffs is steep and strenuous.
The most popular hike in Norman Wilder Forest leads to the drip falls. From the parking lot, follow the blue trail markers to the yellow trail markers
for a moderate, 2-mile round-trip out and back hike. (Previously, the yellow trail formed a loop around the drip falls, but this section of trail was
seriously damaged in the 2018 landslides. The yellow trail has been rerouted as an out-and-back.)
For a more strenuous hike, follow the red trail markers (from the intersection with the blue and yellow trails) uphill to see the rock cliffs. This spur
trail adds another 0.6 miles round trip to your hike.
For more info check out Conserving Carolina’s page on the preserve.
The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) offers six miles of hiking/foot trails, including a hard-paved trail for the physically challenged.
FENCE Trails – open daily dawn to dusk
Pinewoods Trail .9 mi
Hardwoods Trail .7mi
Southside Trail 1.1 mi
Mountain Laurel Trail .4 mi
Wildwood Trail-Wheelchair Accessible.3 mi
Hilltop Trail .2mi
Holly Trail .1mi
Beech Trail .3mi
The Tryon Missing 40 Trace is set in the beautiful Pacolet River Gorge. The land is being leased from the Town of Tryon by the Saluda Community Land Trust who built the moderate 1 mile hiking trail.
The trail starts at the convergence of Joles Creek and the North Pacolet River, it continues next to the river and features two unassisted river crossings
in about ankle high water. Taking the trail to the right is recommended to save river crossings for the end of the hike. White blazes mark the trail
Pearson’s Falls and Glen is a top natural attraction in Polk County, NC, hosting over 20,000 visitors each year.
The property is managed by the Tryon Garden Club. They have a wealth of information on their website:
This unique botanical preserve is comprised of 275 acres of rich cove forest, granite, spring-fed streams, and a moderate 1/4 mile trail to a 90 ft. waterfall.
This trail has over 310 species of rare wildflowers and plants. Mosses, lichens, shrubs, and a variety of trees reside in this Glen, which is classified
as a deciduous climax forest.
There are many benches and picnic areas along the trail, at the base of the falls, and along Webster Way.
Entrance to the property requires a contribution of $5 to the Tryon Garden Club.
This is a nice, paved greenway along the Catawba River near Marion. About half-way in, you will see the trail to Round Hill. It’s a short, loop trail around
the base of the hill.
The Weed Patch Mountain Trail is the newest trail in Hickory Nut Gorge! It opened in May of 2018 and is on property owned by the Town of Lake Lure. The
trail connects Buffalo Creek Park to Eagle Rock.
Buffalo Creek Park has expanded to more than 1,500 acres allowing for the new trail to be built.
The Weed Patch Mountain trail is 8.6 miles extending from the near the highest point on the Buffalo Creek Park blue loop up the Eagle Rock where you get
an incredible view of the surrounding mountains. The trail is a backcountry experience with no other connecting trails on it’s entire length. This
trail should only be used by experience hikers and bikers.
The trail is open to mountain biking though it is a narrow singletrack design without banked curves or any specific mountain bike features.
The main access point for the trail is the Buffalo Creek Park trailhead. You must hike 1.5 to 2 miles on the blue
loop at to reach the start of the Weed Patch Trail.
There is also a provision for limited parking at the western end of the trail which is on Chimney Rock State Park land. A few parking spots are available
there on a reservation only basis. The reserve a parking spot click here.
For much more details about the trail and how it came to be see Conserving Carolina’s trail page at the link below:
The trail is part of the newly designated Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail System. That system is envisioned to be more than 100 miles of trails throughout
Hickory Nut Gorge. To read more about the plans and see a map of the current and proposed trails see the link below:
Located entirely on the property of South Mountain Christian Camp, these trails are open to the public year-round during daylight hours. A small trail
fee helps with trail maintenance, but there is no charge for ROC members. The three-mile loop trail can be accessed from multiple locations and is
mostly wooded with rolling hills and a brief stretch along the camp lake. It is the same course used for the annual South of the Mountains 5K Trail
Run. The mountain trail is just 3/10 of a mile but is strenuous. It includes an observation deck with a panoramic view of Rutherford County and the
Blue Ridge Mountains.
All camp guests are required to sign in upon arrival. A small fee is required for entry. ROC members may use the trails for free. There is also an 18-hole disc golf course on the property.
This is a series of interconnected natural surface trails built by local volunteers. The trails are mostly wooded and border Lake Lure Classical Academy
and Lake Lure Golf Course. This is a great place to take the dog for a walk! There is also a picnic shelter available on site.