Purgatory Mountain via North Carolina Zoo

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Purgatory Mountain via North Carolina Zoo is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Asheboro, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

1.8 miles
183 feet
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly







no dogs

The North Carolina Zoo is located in the Uwharrie Mountains near the geographic center of the state. At over 2,000 acres, it is the largest walk-through zoo in the world. It has over 1,600 animals from more than 250 species primarily representing Africa and North America. There also is a hiking trail from the north end of the North American parking lot to the top of Purgatory Mountain.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nice trail. Uphill but not strenuous. We bring our GSD here a lot. Never crowded. It also connects to another trail if you want to walk more. Great last minute short hike.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nice there and back trail at the NC Zoo. It's well marked and a fairly easy hike. The trail is just a little shy of a mile up the mountain. It is all uphill but it's not too strenuous. The view at the top is fair, there lot's of trees so it's a little difficult to gauge. There's a sign at the summit though that says they will be building an observation tower....now that's going to be awesome!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

nice trail and easy hike, would be better if the trails looped together for a longer hike

Friday, March 03, 2017

awesome zoo, great day with the family.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Enjoyed roughing it on Moonshine Hill. Perfect way to spend a glorious autumn afternoon!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Nice mile long trail through the woods. The path was easy to follow and there were many signs posted throughout the trail. Could have been a nice view from the top but there was so many trees you could barely see around them, but they are planning on building a viewing tower later this year!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Wonderful long and scenic trails through the woods between the fantastic animal exhibits.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016