Pinnacle Park Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sylva, NC that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Gastonia, NC: From I-85 take Exit 13 (Edgewood Road) about six miles west of Gastonia. Cross over I-85 and turn right onto Highway 29/74. Go two miles and turn left on Sparrows Spring Road and follow the road 2.7 miles onto park property. Take your first right and continue to the park entrance. Turn right and travel to the picnic area. Begin on Turnback Trail heading west.
it was cool and nice...great spots to stop and cool off...rocky...up hill...kudzu needs to be addressed in a small area near the entrance...
Tough, but excellent. I hiked to the pinnacle, but by the time I got there, a storm had set in. It was rainy, foggy, windy with lots of lightning. The view was obstructed by the fog.
The trail was relatively steep and Rocky, but well maintained. It was slick and treacherous on the way down due to all the rain. There is an elevation gain of over 2000 feet in the three-mile hike.
On the way down I was blessed to see three different orange salamanders, I photographed the first one and kept going on the next two. The first one was the smallest the second two were about an inch longer. I guess the rain had flushed them out as I did not see any on the way up. All three of them were probably within a 100 yard stretch of the trail.
Trail was very rocky, which was unexpected, but the view at the top of the pinnacle trail was worth it. At the top/end of the trail, you will come to a clearing where the trail ends. That is NOT the end of the trail nor where the views are. Look for a very small side trail on the left. Hard to see but that is where you access the actual pinnacle. Just keep going, you'll see it. And then keep going further, it gets better!
Hard difficulty is accurate. Very step and rocky terrain unto the split. We hiked to Blackrock and continued on. The next sign is .6 miles from the top, not bad right? Wrong, it's straight up and must use trees and roots/branches to ascend. Trail is poorly marked but keep going after the big rock, the view is worth it.
It is a tough rocky trail going up. Once you get to the "Y", you have to decide if you want to go to Pinnacle or Black Rock. Black rock is a steep single file trail that leads you to a large black rock you have to climb in order to see anything. Not for kids!! We regretted doing this hike.
This hike was such a let down. It was all uphill on a a terrible rock path that had us falling and twisting ankles the whole way down. The hike may have been rewarding had there been a view at the top. Pass on this one folks. Oh and the camp sites were pretty lame as well.