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Corn Mill Shoals is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar Mountain, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 508 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Snow

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In DuPont State Forest. Start at Corn Mill Shoals Parking area. Took Corn Mill Shoals trail to Big Rock Trail to Little River Trail to Burnt Mountain Trail and back to Corn Mill Shoals to complete approximately a 6 mile loop. This can be shortened to a 4.5 mile loop by omitting Burnt Mountain.

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Reviews (50)
Photos (86)
Recordings (41)
Completed (124)
Hilary Merritt
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Hiking

This was actually our plan B trail after attempting a different trail in Dupont that was wayyyyy too crowded and had no parking available (to be fair, it was Saturday afternoon on a day with perfect weather). I am SO glad we opted to try this trail! There is a small parking area on the right that had plenty of spaces available. You have to cross the street to get to the trailhead itself, which is a bit confusing because it almost looks like the trail starts behind the trail signs in the parking lot. Lots of mountain bikers on the trail, but everyone was friendly and courteous to hikers and other bikers. We brought our dog with us and she absolutely loved it. The trail itself was fairly easy, with no extreme inclines/declines. Trail markers make it very easy to follow whichever trail you want. We stuck to the Corn Mill Shoals trail the whole time and it was perfect. Once we reached the river itself, we stopped for a bit to hang out and let our pup splash around. If you want to continue on the trail, you have to cross the river. The river itself isn't too wide, but the rocks are VERY slippery! We saw lots of hikers and bikers cross and thankfully they all made it across safely, but there were a few close calls. Take it slow. The little cove area we found had lots of flat rocks for hanging out and would be the ideal spot to cool off mid-hike or if you're looking for a relatively quiet riverside hangout. Not sure about the rest of the trail after the river since we went in late afternoon, so we hiked to the river, hung out there for a while, and headed back out. It will likely be our go-to spot anytime we just need some time out in nature. 100% would recommend!

David Justice
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Hiking

830am start, plenty of parking. only passed a couple folks on the way to the falls. definitely a destination hike, there isn't much to look at on the way but still nice walk through woods. the falls are beautiful and cover a large area, neat to hike up to the second falls and go underneath.

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Jolee Mayfield
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Hiking

walked 6.9 total, past the end of the trail to bridal falls and walked up the waterfall. not recommended for kids after the river. Very slippery and hard to pass. 10/10 Great hike!

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Ashley Gray
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Hiking

What a great day!! The parking lot is across the Main Street from the start of the trailhead, easy to find. It’s extremely well defined, probably one of the best marked trails I’ve been on. Signs at every break off trail so you knew which way to go. Couple of areas that got the heart rate up which was nice!! Loved being in the woods. The river crossing, like everyone else has said IS VERY VERY SLICK!! Going it made it fine but coming out lost a few things from falling!! You may possibly want to bring a backpack with extra shoes. The waterfall at the end was awesome. We were able to walk up the side and just enjoy the view as well. Took our dogs and had no issue. Some bikers on the path. Overall can’t wait to do it again!!

Nancy Carrier
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Jennifer Jerina
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The parking lot was full of cars with Bike racks. Fully expected the trail to be crowded- it was not. Beautiful hike! So thankful for this app and tips! I removed my hiking shoes to cross the river in my SmartWool socks. So impressed with these socks and will be buying more-good socks are worth the investment :). Also this trail was full of mosquitoes (June)- make sure you wear or at least pack some repellent. Also you will want your camera to take pics of wildflowers, river and waterfall! We packed lunch - the large rock by the falls provided a perfect picnic spot. I will be back!

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Julia Ross
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Anna Hoy
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Hiked with my 4 year old. It took us nearly 1h20min to get to the river crossing (mostly because my daughter insisted on stopping every 5 feet to rest), yet only 30min to come back. Be cautious at the river - my daughter did not heed my warning of slippery rocks and landed flat on her back in one of the shallow areas.

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R84 Whitehead
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Lovely wide path trail, large parking lot and some muddy areas. Waterfall and river views.

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Julia Ross
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Hiking

Nice double wide trail. River crossing at 1 mile was not passable without wet feet.

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Logan Clouse
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HikingRocky

Fantastic trail. Just follow all the signs that say corn shoal and you will make it perfectly to bridal falls. Beautiful scenery but very lil wildlife along the trail. Just about a 2.5 mile hike to the falls so take water, snacks and maybe a freind!

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Zack Bradley
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We went a bit further than the actual trail to the falls and turned back to hike up to walk under the waterfall.

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George Galvis
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Michael Laico
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Hiking

Nice trail, easy hike and only a few bikers today. The river water was higher than usual, when crossing it got tricky since the water was higher than normal and slick rocks.

Mark Draheim
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Hiking

Typical trail in the woods. Lots of mountain bikers. I won't be hiking this trail again

Steve Engelman
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Hiking

Very enjoyable trail and the stream crossing is a nice feature. Tip: due to slickness of mossy rocks wear only socks when crossing. Bare feet appear to be too slick and while boots are fine those wearing socks did much better. Water was between ankle and calf deep.

Jean-Claude Linossi
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Hiking

Easy walk in the Dupont State Forest.

Joe Ballard
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Hiking
First to Review

This trail is in the DuPont State Forest with parking lot on opposite side of the road from trail. The morning of my hike was cold and snowy. The trail starts out easy, with the first mile or so being dirt and gravel. It then becomes much more difficult because you have to cross Little River, which at the crossing is more like a creek. After the river crossing the trail gets steep in places and very treacherous due to the ice and snow. Overall a very good trail and one an average hiker can do in dry weather.

Steve H.
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Corky Holman
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Chase LaGrande
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Michelle Wall
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Robyn Rubinoff
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Donald H Miller
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Tessa Kenyon
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Jess Boersma
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Adriana Groot
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Kevin Wallace
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Chris Allen
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Brandon Gugala
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