Dogwood Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Roaring Gap, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Morganton, NC: South Mountains State Park is located in southwestern Burke County, 18 miles south of Morganton. From I-40 take NC 18 to SR 1913. From SR 1913 turn left onto Old NC 18. Travel down Old NC 18 to SR 1901. The park is off of SR 1901 on SR 1904. After passing the park entrance you will see an amphitheater and horse trailer parking lot. Begin on Raven Rock Trail and travel a short distance to Dogwood Trail. If you are on bike, you must access it from Lower CCC or Upper Falls Trail.
Dogwood Trail is actually Widows Creek trail. It is 1.2 miles in and the same back out. There is a small water fall towards the end of the trail but otherwise it is just a nature hike. The trail is mainly use to get to Backpacking camp sites. The trail is good if you are looking for a quick workout due to the elevation gains in a short distance. I would not do this trail again.