Goldmine Loop Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews
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Goldmine Loop Trail is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bryson City, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1814 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

no dogs

26 days ago

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.

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1 month ago

2 months ago

2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

The tunnel is dark

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Nice stroll through the woods with some old homesteads to explore if you keep your eye out for them.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This is a nice narrow loop trail. It leads down hill to the lake for about 2.5 miles from the parking lot. After that it goes along the little creek for a bit and then up the hill pretty steep. All in all 4.7 miles from and to the parking lot.

To the point some of the other hikers made, we found the trail to be well marked and easy to follow. Also the trail head is easy to find. Just follow the directions.

4 months ago

Nice, quick hike if you're in the Bryson City area

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Went through the tunnel and connected to the lake shore trail all the way down to the lake. Really pretty and quiet. There are a few creek crossings with narrow bridges.

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely a cool place to check out. Very easy to find it's the main road through Bryson City and it passes the high school and eventually ends about 200 yards before the tunnel. Checked the trails back on the other side of the tunnel but wasn't sure where to go due to the signs being labeled incorrectly.

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6 months ago

7 months ago

walking
10 months ago

Nice easy beautiful hike. I did just about 3 miles of it so I don't know how the whole thing was. The map point is definitely wrong. Follow Johnathan's directions to get there. You can't miss it - the road dead ends at the tunnel.

Secret spot not on this trail: When driving back towards town, as you are winding through the one road that the Road to Nowhere is, keep an eye out for an unmarked side trail along the side of the road. I found this by accident, pulled over and walked it, and it took me to an old cemetery from the 1800s with about a dozen grave sites. The trail continues to another smaller cemetery which seems to have had grave sites for children. That was as far as I got.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I took my 7 month old with me in a back pack. Trail is nicely shaded and quite easy ... It took us close to 2 hours to complete, but we stopped for about 25 minutes . Good morning hike. Love loops.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

good trail on the road to nowhere.