Hickory Nut Gorge State Natural Area Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Black Mountain, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and road biking and is best used from December until February.
When you drive to the trail destination you will end up at a dead end with a lot of "no parking" signs. A lady from around there told us to park on the right side of the dead end where there is a little gravel part. The hike was not that great because of the gravel and sandy roads. The view and lack of people made up for it. GO TO THE ROCK OUTCROP INSTEAD OF GOING ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THE TRAIL. You will see it on the left about 2/4ths of the way. The view is much better.
Parking is sketchy. it's hard to enjoy the hike when your worried about your car. we recommend just hiking to the rock outcrop. views were great. the Wooded longer hike was pointless.
This trail starts at the end of Shumont Road in Black Mountain, NC. This is not the trail at Shumont Estates near Rumbling Bald Resort. At the end of Shumont Road, park on the right side, and go on foot across the road to the trail on the left. Apple wagon Road is provate, but he fork to the right takes you to state park trails. Go around two gates (second one is a state park gate) and go to the top of the fork. Go left to the rock outcroppings (.2 miles, and an incredible view!) or take the right fork for a more wooded and longer hiking trail. Enjoy-watch for bears in late summer.
Located on Private property. No trail to be seen. Waste of time driving up there
Very nice trail system. Moderate hike. Do prepare to cross the river at least 3 times as the trail crosses the creek. Easiest way is to just get wet. A nice boot will keep you dry if your agile. Be safe and enjoy!