South Fork Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near McAdenville, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The I-85 part was interesting, the rest of the trail was fun. My 7 and 5 year old loved it and loved exploring in the little creeks. Would do this one again.
Favorite trail run.
a little stinky at first
Pretty out and back trail follows river through interesting forest land with history and easy accessibility from either end.
All around great experience
Perfect walk w fam and river exploration
The trail can be accessed from either end. The end this post directs you to is easiest to navigate to using the address 300 Dickson Rd, McAdenville, NC 28101. This takes to to Dickson road which dead ends at the trail head. The other end is a neighborhood culdesac 1100 Catawba Run Lowell, NC 28098.
Trail at Dickson starts directly under the highway and could use a Good Samaritan to pick up garbage. It's a dirt packed trail wide enough for two most of the time.
I'd consider it a local jem, great for fishing and adventuring on the many rocky trails in the Catawba river. Once you leave the highway you're surrounded by lush greenery and rushing water. Lovely easy 4 ish mile out and back
Great trail with no big elevation changes. You can see the South Fork River almost the entire time.