South Mountain Park Trail is a 14.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Connellys Springs, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

14.3 miles
2,687 feet

dogs on leash



horseback riding

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wild flowers

This hike starts at the Jacob Fork Parking Area and follows the Hemlock Nature Trail along the Jacob Fork River to the High Shoals Falls Loop which uses a section of the Upper Falls Trail to access the Upper Falls Trail Campsites. TRAILS USED: Hemlock Nature Trail, Upper Falls Trail, High Shoals Falls Loop...starting up Upper Falls which is a good horse 3 mile loop connecting to High Shoals Falls Loop..winding down the stairs beside the waterfall. Great views. Hike up road is not an easy one 95% uphill.

29 days ago

My family and I had a wonderful time experiencing Mother Nature. We shall visit again soon.

4 months ago

Confusing. No a loop. Neither a landscape appeal.

7 months ago

Excellent trails with great winter views from all ridge lines, not many views during summer. High shoal falls will have way too many people there, hit it early before the crowds then you can have the rest of the park to yourself, literally saw 5 other people away from falls.

8 months ago

Great Trail Run , lovely view, hard but rewarding after you finish, we done a Half Marathon here.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

This was an easy day drive from Charlotte. We went on Labor Day and that could have added to how busy it was but WOW was it crowded. When we arrived at 10:30 the parking lot was full. Overall we did the 11ish mile loop mentioned below and it was a great workout but no views until the waterfall trail. The waterfall section was very busy and almost unpleasant trying to maneuver through the people going the opposite way. Heavy incline. Overall I enjoyed the day and the exercise but will probably not go back here other than for the sake of convenience.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Nice 15 mile hike. Good work out.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

I had a beautiful day hiking in this wonderful and large state park! I was able to complete all or part of eight trails in two good loops (Chestnut Knob, Sawtooth, Upper CCC and Little River...then Hemlock Nature, High Shoals Falls, Upper Falls and HQ for a total of 11.1 miles and 2,228 feet of elevation gain). Hopefully I will be back soon to get further out on the Upper Falls Trail and complete the Shinny Trail (and see High Shoals Falls again). Maybe in the fall with the leaves changing and temperatures a little cooler.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

great trails

Monday, February 06, 2017

Favorite place!!!!

Monday, August 01, 2016

great area for alot of activities, from on trail, to off trail.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It was absolutely amazing and a beautiful view

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

If heading north there are quite a few uphill climbs if going south you'll have some sustained descents which will be made hard only by the rocky terrain; mind the slip. The trail is largely equestrian compatible but has a few spots where the trees break and you get a great vista.

11 months ago

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