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Shut-In and Hard Times Road Loop is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Enka, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 652 ft Route type Loop
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Jennifer Scheihing
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Nice walk through the woods with some decent ups and downs. Main trailhead is in the Arboretum, but if you don't have a pass you can park on the parkway where Hard Times meets Shut In (southern tip of the trail map) and catch the trail that way. Restrooms available at the Arboretum trailhead.

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Jameka Young
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Parked at the overlook then headed to the trail entrance right off the BRP. Took the steep route in (first hard left switchback) went through the small gate and hiked the steepness only to find 3 miles later that the gate was closed toward the bottom of the gravel path. Bushwhacked to cut back across to the wooded trail and returned the way I came. It was supposed to be a restful hike day but nothing wrong with a little extra mileage. Can’t wait to do it again. Maybe once things open up I’ll finish the whole loop!

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Jacqueline Selph
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Nice trail to get outside. Started from the arboretum and ended up buying a pass because it pays for itself after 2 uses. I’m the winter there are some views, otherwise mostly a wooded trail. Not too tough of a loop but uphill at the start. It ends on the road for a bit which is kind of a bummer. Walks right along the blue ridge parkway.

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Mickey Osthimer
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not bad! not the best trail for those looking to "get out there" but a good comfortable workout nonetheless.

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Kendra Miller
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Hiking

Great trail! Steady inclines and declines with views along the creek at the beginning and end. It’s perfect for a short (<60 minute) run in the woods.

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Berndawg Sroka
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This circuit is a fairly good workout. Hard times to the junction and then back down shut in which is actually the MST is a nice hike with nice woods on shut in. But if you want an extra workout continue upp the MST to Lance Mt and back.

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Penn Dodson
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The trailhead is on the arboretum grounds which charges $14 to park. (We parked on the road a little ways up.) Hard Times is a gravel road A bit of incline but not too steep. The trail back down is nice, through a variety of trees. No stunning vistas per se but some nice views here & there. A pleasant loop overall.

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Linda Miller
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Berndawg Sroka
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Marci Danzansky
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David Kahan
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Troy Fowler
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Lauren Dodge
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Beth Renne
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Donna Milam
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Scott Mattingly
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Christopher Walkowski
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Kimberly Brown-Eakes
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Katie Wadington
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Chaz Green
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Gene Lambirth
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mary palmer dargan
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Maks Churn
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Andrew Gartrell
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Kelsey Burke
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Darby-Olene Sears
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Scott Alexander
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Taylor Wood
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David Lewis
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Audrey Howarth
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