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South Mountains State Park Connelly Springs

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South Mountains State Park
3001 South Mountain Park Avenue
Connelly Springs
NC
28612
Tel: (828) 433-4772

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Nestled deep in the woods, South Mountains State Park is the perfect place to enjoy nature. Here you can see a majestic mountain range peeking out from the gently rolling landscape of the piedmont. The park includes elevations up to 3,000 feet, a waterfall dropping 80 feet and more than 40 miles of trails. From equestrian camping to trout fishing, mountain biking to picnicking, a number of activities are available at South Mountains State Park. Visit one of the state's most rugged parks. Hike the trail to High Shoals Falls to witness the roar of the waterfall as it pours into a large pool. Backpack through the woodlands for primitive camping. Fish for trout in miles of mountain streams, or bicycle along the 17 mile mountain-bike loop.
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    Wonderful place to take your family for a hike! Next time we need to bring food to cook out with. It smelled so good!

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    Beautiful place. I rode my motorcycle to here and hiked around fully geared up. but the place is worth it! I will be back many times.

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    Extremely well maintained & marked trails. It's obvious that the park staff takes pride in their place. I did the Chestnut Knot Trail & the High Shoals Falls Loop in 3.5 hours due to such steep journeys. It was exhausting but well worth the views. The fact that everything is so well-kept made it that much easier on this out of shape hiker. I will be using the trails at this park to practice for a week-long camp/hike within the next couple of years.

    Great alternative to Crowder's Mountain if you're coming from the Charlotte area & can spare...Read More

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    This state park is well-maintained and very beautiful. The Hemlock Nature Trail along the Jacob Fork River is lovely. Informative, up-to-date signs make the walk educational (for all ages). Mid-week visits (uncrowded) are our favorite at any time of year. This is one of the "jewels" of western North Carolina.

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    Great well-maintained trails and a nice view at the top of Chestnut Knob. Definitely going back!

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by Jessica Hoffman

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Extremely well maintained & marked trails. It's obvious that the park staff takes pride in their place. I did the Chestnut Knot Trail & the High Shoals Falls Loop in 3.5 hours due to such steep journeys. It was exhausting but well worth the views. The fact that everything is so well-kept made it that much easier on this out of shape hiker. I will be using the trails at this park to practice for a week-long camp/hike within the next couple of years.

Great alternative to Crowder's Mountain if you're coming from the Charlotte area & can spare a little more drive time.

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