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Jackrabbit Trail

EASY 62 reviews
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Jackrabbit Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hayesville, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 259 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking




wild flowers

17 days ago

I haven’t been on a trail this well maintained in a really long time. Groomed may be a better word. This is even more impressive with the fairly high level of mountain bike traffic in this area, which in my experience seems to wear a trail more than foot traffic. Kudos to the trail crew out busily working on a side trail off my route, your work is greatly appreciated! This trail brought back memories of a Forest Engineering lecture I attended many, many moons ago about the use of broad based dips to route runoff across a road or trail. Whomever laid out this trail had evidently attended a similar lecture and paid attention as the trail is routed to minimize erosion. It’s always pleasant to see theory put into practice this effectively. The trails and intersections are well marked, I had no trouble navigating my chosen route. The pup and I had a very pleasant hike meeting a handful of very nice folks, many with their dogs. All in all, a most agreeable experience, thanks again to those whose hard work made it possible.

mountain biking
2 months ago

This trail is a great area to get into mountain biking. You can the day trying new trails or reversing the direction to get a different ride. I have ridden this trail in many different conditions and always find it fun and challenging!

6 months ago

This trail is good for hikers and bikers, total of 14 miles . I did the 3.1 white trail, it was hard packed, you saw part of Chatuge lakes peninsulas. The trail is a stacked loop design so all 8 trails are connected to a core trail , which makes it easy to build on. I really enjoyed this trail, I found myself stopping often to read the wonderful signage about all the forest landscape. What a learning experience too. Well maintained ,clean restrooms, easy to find and lots of parking.

trail running
6 months ago

great trail. beautiful

9 months ago

1st time on the trail to get back into walking and loved it.

9 months ago

Pretty lake views. Great for taking your non hiker friends who are stressed by incline.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Great flowing trails. Clear and clean. Took the entire family even my 5 yr old bmx track racer had fun. Well his breaks went out on a downhill fun causing him to eat it at the turn but all in all was a fun trail and lots of options to take harder trails.

10 months ago

Came across this trailhead by accident while turning around in N.C. heading to GA line. Walked a majority of the loop and it was well marked and maintained. Going to be back kayaking in September.

11 months ago

Very nice easy trail. Well marked and enjoyed the numerous plants that were identified with signage. The trail is shared with bikers but everyone we encountered was respectful and courteous.

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Great flowing trails. Actual mileage of all trails is more than 14 miles. Will definitely go again.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Great trail to bike. The red trail was a little muddy yesterday afternoon

mountain biking
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Such a fun place!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Nice hike for everyone! Several well-marked trails with great views.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Glorious! We had the entire circuit to ourselves and only saw the occasional fisherman. We walked several of the loops.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Great easy walking trail. Well marked and level. Nice lake/mountain views.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Very nice family trail.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Enjoyed this trail. Easy to navigate, terrain was even with a few sloping areas, pretty views and well marked vegetation. The additional loops add extra trail if you want a bit more distance. Nice beach areas. Very clean.

Monday, November 27, 2017

All the trails Marked very well . Like how there are a lot of different loops to take off the main loop. Can choose your distance as you go

Saturday, October 07, 2017

This was a nice trail, although I'm not sure I would bring my two and three year old back to walk it as it seems primarily designed for mountain bikers. I loved that they marked the flowers, trees and shrubs!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

I loved running this trail plus it has a beach and an island!!! There are also a lot of spots to camp. Easy hike and pretty. I haven't taken a bike on it but it looks really fun with the curves and the ups and downs.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Excellent trails for the beginner not too technical and the climbs aren't difficult. These trails are fast and fun like being on a roller coaster.

Friday, June 23, 2017

A great walk in the woods. Well marked. Only did shorter trail

mountain biking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Love this trail. Have done the 6.3 and looking forward to do the other trails.

mountain biking
Monday, October 24, 2016

We had a wonderful time. We went in the morning during the week - meaning we were the only ones there. When we were leaving a couple more people cars pulled in. It was quaint and nice; the trails were fast flowing, but not what I call thrilling.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Very nice level trail that has lake view for much of the hike. While there were mostly bikers they were all polite and friendly and shared the trail appropriately. The leaves are just beginning to turn. This trail has many educational tree and fauna identifying markers with great descriptions so if you are interested in learning about this then this is the trail for you!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Did the 6.6 mile loop during rain storm today. It was a blast..

mountain biking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

there are 5-6 loop trails sharing the same parking lot, all are fairly easy and fun! maybe 10 total miles.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Very narrow trails with many bikers on them which were not polite . Would not go back

mountain biking
Friday, October 09, 2015

It wasn't the best mountain biking trail in the world but it was still extremely fun. Make sure to watch out for other bikers around the sharp corners because we nearly crashed into other bikers twice. I would not recommend hiking because you are constantly on alert for on coming bikers.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Good hike for everyone, including small family members. There is a nice bathroom facility at the parking lot. The trail signage is very clear and you can easily figure out which trails you want to take. The Central loop is 3.1 miles and the loops off of it are very well marked at each intersection, even giving you the mileage of the extra loop. You can add loops and make up a hike of around 6 miles or juswt stick with the basic loop of 3.1 miles. Having the lake in view most of the time is an added bonus. Really enjoyed this hike.

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