South Mountain State Park - Upper Falls Trail Campsites - Member Hike

Hike Name: South Mountain State Park - Upper Falls Trail Campsites
Country: United States
State: North Carolina
Nearby Town: Connelly Springs
Rating: 5 stars
Directions: South Mountain State Park is located in Burke County, 18 miles south of Morganton. From I-40, turn south on NC 18 and travel nine miles then make a right turn onto SR 1913 (Sugarloaf Road). Take SR 1319 to Old NC 18 and turn left. Travel four miles and make a right turn onto SR 1901 (Ward's Gap Road). The park is off SR 1901 on SR 1904.
Total Hike Distance: 3.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Jacob Fork Parking Area
Trails Used: Hemlock Nature Trail, Upper Falls Trail, High Shoals Falls Loop
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams
Management: State Park Service
Contact Information: South Mountain State Park
3001 South Mountain State Park Avenue
Connelly Springs, NC 28612
Best Season: Fall
Users: Hikers, Bikers, Dogs, Horses
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: This hike starts at the Jacob Fork Parking Area and follows the Hemlock Nature Trail along the Jacob Fork River to the High Shoals Falls Loop which uses a section of the Upper Falls Trail to access the Upper Falls Trail Campsites, a multi-use area used by hikers, bikers and horse riders. This loop hike has outstanding views of the eighty foot High Shoals Waterfalls from platforms at both the top and bottom of the falls. An elaborate system of steps descends along High Shoals Falls for some scenic views that extend out into the valley below. The route eventually winds back to the Shinny Creek Picnic Area and to the Parking Area at Jacob Fork. It is rated moderate due to some steep climbs from the picnic area.


The Camel

6,150 points


Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
South Mountain State Park - Upper Falls Trail Campsites - March 18, 2005 March 18, 2005 5 stars 2 days The Camel


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