Shut-In Trail

HARD 31 reviews
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Shut-In Trail is a 10.2 mile 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
10.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3251 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
4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

walking
2 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
3 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

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

trail running
7 months ago

7 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

I love the history of this trail. Only had enough time to cover four miles before I had to turn around. I would rate it as moderate but definitely broke a sweat on a cool day. Not a lot of views because of trees but I want to go back in the spring when the mountain laurel are in full bloom!

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

trail running
Saturday, August 06, 2016