Florence Nature Preserve Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews

Florence Nature Preserve Trail is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gerton, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
830 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely hike. We tracked it as 4.7 miles. It was a moderate hike through an idyllic forest. The trail is well marked and maintained. Take a pic of trail map before you head up.

3 months ago

Well maintained and seemingly well marked trail but I never did find the full loop of the blue trail! And, the red trail seemed to just mysteriously end at some large rocks...it was quite confusing. Otherwise decent walk in the woods, I had my two dogs and we only saw a couple other people. Probably wouldn’t go out of my way to do this again unless I was already headed down to chimney rock/lake lure.

hiking
4 months ago

Incredible wild flowers!! Well maintained. Great switchbacks. Well marked. Do the loop

hiking
4 months ago

To be clear. There is at no point a waterfall. There are a few small streams. Zero waterfalls. Great for exercise if that’s the only goal but for a nice hike with your dog and some good scenery I wouldn’t recommend. Definitely hits the glutes on the way up :)

4 months ago

Very steep initial ascent. The yellow trail starts you off through a steep slump of dead trees. You can then pick up the blue trail which is the longest section and ends at a Forrest service road. From there if you turn around pick up the red trail, you'll loop around and eventually meet back on the blue. Blue will take you to yellow and you'll be back at the trailhead. A few water crossings but there are foot bridges and stepping stones.

hiking
9 months ago

Steep in some places-a bit confusing - the blue trail goes either left or right - if u go left it connects with red, yellow, then Meets up with blue (the right trail) - follow the right Blue trail to go top & see waterfall...we did the Left & took us about 3 hours...too tired to go up to the top of Blue when we hooked in with it...well marked trails, good parking,

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Very shaded, lots of access to the stream for the dogs. Steps at first but then a well worn mud packed path.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Moderate hike, well marked and maintained. Would definitely do it again! First part is a little steep - grab a walking stick at the trailhead.

hiking
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Great hike that is not too hard. We met several families with young children. It would be interesting to know the history of the large house that must have stood many years ago just before the loop at the end. The large rock foundation of the house and two large chimneys are all that remains.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Actually took the longer route back to get view from Rattlesnake Knob. Babbling brooks along most of the route. Well marked and maintained.

hiking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Very enjoyable hike with delightful setting and views at the top. Some of the log bridges were unsteady as was the only handrail we came across. I recorded most of it but haven't found the map to add here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Nice rhododendron tunnels.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Good steep start, through the woods up! I enjoyed it.

hiking
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

OK

hiking
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Just olay

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Nice early spring leg stretcher. Lots of trillium and some wild strawberries.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

FNP Trail was a joy. It was a moderate hike that was beautiful with several small waterfalls with a babbling brook a good part of the trail. It is worth the trip and I would hike it again.

hiking
Saturday, January 26, 2013

Florence Nature Preserve is absolutely awesome. great trails with amazing views. There are so many great trails in the Hickory Nut Gorge. For more information check out the guide book: A Hiker's Guide to the Hickory Nut Gorge!

http://www.hickorynutgorgetrailguide.com/

Be safe, Have Fun!

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