Sugarloaf Mountain Trail

HARD 58 reviews

Sugarloaf Mountain Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Albemarle, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
606 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

Directions from Albemarle, NC: Travel six miles east of Albemarle on NC 740. Turn right (east) onto Morrow Mountain Road and take it into the park. Travel past the park gate and the park residences and you will see horse trailer parking on your right. Sugarloaf Mountain Trail begins from the parking area.

hiking
5 minutes ago

Great loop trail for a quick workout.

25 days ago

Worth it when you get to the top! Bring lots of water!!

hiking
1 month ago

I gave the trail 4 stars, but I'd give the wild life experience this trip 5 stars since about a quarter of a mile in, at the top of a wooded knoll, my wife and I came upon three spring born deer younglings that, surprisingly, did not turn tail and run. We observed each other for upwards of 10 minutes until our teenage daughter and her friend tramped noisily up the slope. It was quite a sight. Anyway, we did the loop from the horse trailer parking clockwise so the climb to the top of the Sugarloaf Mountain was a nice mixture of gradual inclines interspersed with slightly steeper climbs--not bad at all. The occasional views of the Pee Dee River off to the right were nice and the open woodland and quartzite strewn landscape were pleasant to pass through. The backside trail was much steeper and the last third of the trail, before connecting with the Morrow Mountain Trail, was a mess of windfall trees with many, often quite difficult zig-zag up and down slope detours. It was challenging but certainly doable. The rest of the loop, especially where it coincided with the Morrow Mountain Trail was mostly pleasant rolling hills and a good rest after the climb and somewhat tricky decent. While the views are not spectacular, the landscape and its fauna and flora is interesting even in this rather interstitial season. Spring, when the Mountain Laurel is blooming, and late Autumn with the changing foliage, are usually more spectacular here!

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2 months ago

very fun trail. challenging close to the top. saw a deer while we were out on the trail. Wife has issue with very little grooming.

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5 months ago

Because of the number of trees down this is not just a hard trail, but a slightly dangerous trail due to some re-routings and having to navigate many obstacles on some very steep slopes. Saying that, it was great fun for us as we quite like that sort of thing. Not a suitable trail for children or dogs though at this time I would say. Nice views through the trees. Saw a chipmunk and some squirrels.

hiking
5 months ago

Not actually that difficult-- I'd say it's more moderate than strenuous. However, the trail is a mess. There are multiple large trees down across the trail, including one down length-wise on the trail, requiring you to scramble up the side of the mountain and down around it. No views, no reward at the top. Not a great trail.

5 months ago

Hiked on Monday. Underestimated the trail, very tough for beginners, but we did not turn back. Go clockwise for the less steep accent, counter to make it tough.

hiking
5 months ago

We hiked this and will continue to hike this in preparation for the Black Mountain Crest Trail. It's quite a nice trail. The south slope offers steep trails and a few obstacles. I look forward to hitting it again this week.

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