Little River Trail is a 4.1 mile out and back trail located near Connelly Springs, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

Length4.1 miElevation gain800 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Angela Cunningham
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Trail should by no means be rated as easy. Definitely more moderate. Path is wide and graveled in most areas, but had some washed out spots. Shared with a horse trail so lots of poop. The waterfall at the end is not on park property and you have to leave the marked trail in order to see it. Otherwise beautiful mountain views, peaceful and serene. It wasn’t very busy, even though the park was extremely busy (we had to wait more than 15 minutes just to get into the parking lot).

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Cheyenne Workman
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8.5 miles mostly incline, creates a loop. Great for cardio

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Brad Thompson
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Pretty Hike! 3 nights and about 6 miles per day. 1.4 out the morning of the 4th day. Horse Trails, so an occasional horse poop.

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BRIAN MACKESY
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Ann Howell-Davis
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Nice wide trail with lots of rocks. Easy walk. The waterfalls is beautiful -

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Rick Johnson
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Bert Woods
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Not as hard as I expected, but then I’ve hiked a number of NH mountains. This is not for someone that doesn’t hike much or just give yourself time, water and healthy snacks. Oh yeah, great view at the top! Oh yeah - great view at the top

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Greg Tyree
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Patricia Stichnoth
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Klaus Willert
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Bryan Bott
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Michel (Mischa) Schneider
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Mike Cowell
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Jessica Phillips
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Nice quiet trail with several observation points.

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Sarah Freeman
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Timothy Peacock
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Timothy Peacock
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Agustín Serra
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Is a relatively easy trail, well maintained, have a nice camp area at the end of trail, you just need to add some more trails to catch great views. Is more a good trail for just walk or jog or horseride. Now is part of a great park with plenty of views and things to enjoy just plan it well. No too much traffic something I like...

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Jason McGhan
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Patti Schooling
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River Hemlock Chestnut knob sawtooth upper CCC Little River

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Jim Register
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Chestnut knob trail was well managed. Foggy with no views but plan to return on a clear day. Lot’s of clear understory along the way. Sawtooth trail had a stream crossing I needed to do barefoot to keep my shoes dry.

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Wayne Johnson
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Cristian QR
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Nick Kuszczak
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Gorgeous hike, I would pick up the park map at the visitors center as there is no cell service at all in the park or on the trails. I’m not sure what everyone is talking about but the view was spectacular. I took the trail as followed but detoured at the look out and ate my lunch overlooking the valley. I would highly recommend this hike. I would not rate it as difficult, just wear proper hiking shoes and be prepared to sweat.

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Rick Sullivan
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This loop starts in the High Shoals Falls parking area of South Mountains State Park. Begin hiking up the Little River Trail 2.1 miles to the Upper CCC. Turn left and go less than a half mile and turn left again onto the Sawtooth Trail. Get to the turnoff to the campsite after 1.2 miles. The campsite is .3 miles down from the trail. There are three really nice sites and a large field. Reservation required. Total of 4 miles on the first day. Turn right towards Horseridge Trail for the last mile of Sawtooth. Nice view of the South Mountains along the way. Turn left on Horseridge to Possum Trail. Possum is hiker only and becomes single track when it descends the ridge to Shinny Creek right before it joins the HQ and High Shoals Falls Trails back to the parking lot. Total of 5.4 miles on the second day. Up until Possum Trail, all of the trails are the standard double track mixed use trails shared with horses.

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Winnie Simmons
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I really enjoyed this trail, we hardly saw a soul after the first 10 min and before the last 30 min of the hike. It was very peaceful and quiet! The majority of the first part of the trail passed through a ridgeline so we had great views almost the whole time. It might not be as good of a view during the summer with leaves on the trees, but with recent fires there arent too many anyway! We saw a few horseback riders but didn’t pass anyone during the majority of the hike. I will definitely be back to do it again and the great thing is there are so many trails that you can mix it up or add on as desired. About 2.5-3.0 miles in, there was an option to essentially cut the trail loop in half if you didn’t want to do the whole thing. Between overlooks and exploring slightly off trail, I would account for 8-10 miles for this route.

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Nathan Simmons
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Great trail, moderately hard and very well marked and well maintained. Going counterclockwise, great views to north; and west starting around halfway. Sos great views of Jacob river gorge on way down. VERY LITTLE traffic and very peaceful!

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Nastassia Price
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A nice climb. Views weren't too great. The best view was when we went into the danger area.

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garland hughes
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Beautiful rain fall day. The waterfall on sawtooth was a wonderful surprise. How may colors of leaves were on the ground

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Laura H
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Spring morning hike with my dog Eva. Went on the Little River Trail which is a moderate difficulty out and back trail. Approximately 2.1 miles each way. We stopped at the area where the waterfall is and went down an unmarked section of trail to see the waterfall. When you come to the gate and warning signs, you can take a left on an unmarked trail that clearly used to be maintained. We did not go to the right since that goes to the top of the falls and is very dangerous (especially with a dog). We encountered a couple of horses on the trail as well. Eva behaved well, sitting and laying down while they passed. She was clearly scared!

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