birding

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nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

dogs on leash

wildlife

river

waterfall

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.

this is great hiking trail! I'm from San Diego, Ca. I'm on vacation and staying in Charlotte. This is excalty what I wanted out of hiking experience being in North Carolina. the only hard part was the walking up the stairs but thats about 15 to 20 minuted of walking up the stairs. take a break and take in the beautiful views. no rush on the stairs!

Awesome hike with great scenery! The top of the waterfall is worth the effort.

Beautiful hike. Lots of rocks for kids, and adults to hop around on!

Helped rebuild part of the trail damaged by fire.

The trail is actually amazing, starts with a nature walk and lots of water areas with large rocks and genuinely a nice nature walk. The hike up the mountain was a few strenuous spots but not at all hard. The waterfall is BEAUTIFUL and worth the time. Only problem, and it did matter, was that it is so heavily populated. The parking lot is full, peopke even parkong o the side of the road, and at times you had to wait your turn just to walk or cross a bridge. I am glad we went but we will likely not visit this one again unless I find times that are less populated.