Canebrake Trail - Gorges State Park

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Canebrake Trail - Gorges State Park is a 8.9 mile out and back trail located near Brevard, North Carolina and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.9 miles 2460 feet Out & Back

dog friendly


Lengthy downhill trek on old forestry road to beautiful Lake Jocassee. This particular hike in the park starts at the entrance, and is entirely on an old forestry road. So... the trail is quite easy on the feet and knees, and impossible to get lost on. It travels for a small bit uphill... but then it's entirely downhill into the park, ending at Lake Jocassee. While wooded and no great overlooks, you will likely see lots of turtles and get lucky, like I did, and see a copperhead or two. While TOPO says it's 4 miles in, the park brochures say 5 (and I believe them). That said, it is deceptively easy the first half with the grade being continually downhill. The return trip does wear on you after a while, though, so plan to have enough water if it's during the summer. Wear something you can take a dip in once you reach the lake!!

8 months ago

Trail wasnt scenic, but very well marked. The campsites at the end was full from boaters, but it was very easy to find a beautiful place to hang a hammock and enjoy the gorgeous scenery.

10 months ago

The hike wasn't impressive, but the view on the lake is amazing. This is a top hike. Easy, but beautiful!

1 year ago

This one is off of Frozen Creek Road. The first two miles aren't that scenic or pleasant; there's a lot of big gravel stones to walk over on the logging road. As you keep going downhill, it gets more interesting and woodsy. The reward is getting down to the lake. It took me an hour and forty to go down, but it took 2 hours and 30 minutes to get back up. I was tired by the time I reached the lake and it was slow going going back up.

2 years ago

The start isn't great but treat it as a warmup. GPS nav might throw you off from the parking area so look for a sign to gorges state park when you're on frozen creek rd. seems no one comes here, we were the only people from 10am to 5pm on the weekend. It's so worth the walk for a peaceful lunch by the lake and river rapids. Connects to other trails too to go around the lake.

5 years ago

very fun when not hiking in the rain, i hiked the whole 32 miles with my scout troop to get ready for an even bigger trip in new mexico