dogs on leash
Small but steep. Will be worth the effort. Few people know this, but this is one of the perfect location for Star Gazing in the night. We went there at around 1:00 AM in the night. It was worth it, with minimum light pollution the eye of the Milky-way was visible to the naked eye.
This trail starts at the end of Shumont Road in Black Mountain, NC. This is not the trail at Shumont Estates near Rumbling Bald Resort. At the end of Shumont Road, park on the right side, and go on foot across the road to the trail on the left. Apple wagon Road is provate, but he fork to the right takes you to state park trails. Go around two gates (second one is a state park gate) and go to the top of the fork. Go left to the rock outcroppings (.2 miles, and an incredible view!) or take the right fork for a more wooded and longer hiking trail. Enjoy-watch for bears in late summer.