Shut-In Trail

HARD 34 reviews
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Shut-In Trail is a 16.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Arden, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
16.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2286 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

river

Directions from Hot Springs, NC: Travel south on SR 209 to the Bluff community. Take SR 1173 to the right and continue to the parking area at the end of the road. The Appalachian Trail crosses Garenflo Gap here. Shut-In Trail begins on the right side of the road, just below the parking lot. OR travel south on US 25 / 70 to SR 1183 on the left. Follow SR 1183 approximately 3 miles. The trailhead is on the left just before crossing the Jones Branch bridge.

hiking
10 days ago

The Shut-In Trail is actually about 17 miles long. It runs from the trail head shown on the map near the Arboretum by Bent Creek to the Mt. Pisgah parking lot. Today we did an out and back starting at the Mt. Pisgah end going about 5 miles before returning. We had over 2,500 feet of elevation change just in this section. It definitely has some steep and rocky parts but is a great hike. There are great views this time of year without the leaves on the trees and not as much traffic as earlier in the year. If you are looking for a heart pumper this is a good choice.

hiking
21 days ago

tough hike but a great one..we live here and love going on this hike with our trail hound!

1 month ago

Nice trail. GPS didn't take us to trail head so took some time to find. Only 400 yards away but once we found it the trail was fun.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

This is a fine running trail, but definitely does not feature the river. If you're looking, in winter, you can see it far away through the trees. Can be a bit buggy in summer.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

walking
4 months ago

Got real thirsty on this one. Passed a group with their leader (who had dreads) and asked for a drink of water or some pop. They had some water, and I was appreciative. Thanks guys, if you are reading this. Other than that, trail was sloppy and ill-kempt.

trail running
5 months ago

trail running
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

First mile is tough uphill. Nice trail. Views are not abundant.

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

Trail run from the back of Bent Creek lot. Its tough!

trail running
9 months ago

9 months ago

Thursday, November 24, 2016