Pretty consistent incline for the first 3 miles or so but the views from the Lonesome Pine Overlook at the top is definitely worth it! My husband and I turned around once we reached the top but definitely worth the climb. Absolutely beautiful

hiking
9 days ago

It's a steady climb the whole way up to Lonesome Pine Lookout. Not much to see until after about 2.5 miles up. I turned around at the Lookout and came back down. Great views, quiet and little to no traffic.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

this trail was great to hike. once you go thru the tunnel & travel straight ahead you will see a couple of trailheads. We took the one at a hard left, Goldmine trail. It was very nice & wide with a gradual descent some parts ascending.just beautiful woodlands the lake is gorgeous should have brought my swimsuit!!. the ascent at the end is a butt kicker because it is long but gratifying when you get to the top. It made for a great day of being out in. nature.

on Goldmine Loop Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Pleasant walk. Nice spot to swim when you get down to the river.
So many cars parked at the trailhead, but not quite that many people along the trail (would still call it "heavily trafficked " though...)
The up side of the horse manure on the trails was that we got to witness dung beetles creating their little balls of it and pushing them off to their nests !

Hiked this trail back in Feb.on a HIKECATION to Fontana Village Resort. Loved the long tunnel on the Road to Nowhere( Now I can tell people I HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TO NOWHERE. LOL LOL) Had cell phone reception on parts of this trail that wouldn't have thought I would have gotten in. This is a really great trail, enjoyed the hike lots.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

The trail was a little washed out and beat up from the horses and I had to dodge a little horse poop along the way, but overall a great hike! I hiked solo and never saw another person on the trail. It was nice and quiet and not too bad footing.

hiking
4 months ago

We did the 4.1 mile loop from the parking area near the tunnel. Once we got past the tunnel, the trail was relatively quiet. Lots of mountain laurel, much of it already gone by on May 28. Would be a gorgeous hike in the fall, I think.