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Vertical Mile Challenge is a 1.9 mile loop trail located near Taylorsville, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 498 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

Forest

Views

Closed

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Please note: Users have reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. This loop encompasses the VMC (Vertical Mile Challenge). This short loop goes straight up a granite dome. When completed 8 times, this loop equates to 1 vertical mile.

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Jason Thompson
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First time hiking here. Love the views that remind me of Stone Mountain State Park. Trail was in good shape but going counter-clockwise sends you straight up the rock face. Clockwise has plenty of switchbacks and would be far easier. Nice views from many spots on the trail and so so many benches if you get tired.

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Joey Connell
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Hiking

Excellent trail! The Vertical Mile part is quite a challenge but very rewarding! The remainder of the trail was fairly easy and through the woods. The Vertical Mile part is towards the beginning of the trail. Highly recommended.

Tanner Scott
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I think I went along this trail backwards, but I had a marvelous time. I started at the western arm of the loop, going up the mountain through switchbacks in a wooded area. When coming down the other side of the trail, I was met with a beautiful view off the mountain as the trees cleared away to the rock face. All the way down I was able to see all around me, down into the lands below the mountain. I loved it, and hope to go back soon.

Mary Beth H
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Jen McCabe
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Love it and the views

Eric Seely
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Tom Cash
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Eric Seely
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Ryan Shumate
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Eric Seely
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Eric Seely
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Eric Seely
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Eric Seely
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Travis Rudisill
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Alan Assner
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Nancy Titus
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Eric Seely
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Eric Seely
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Robert Duncan
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Eric Seely
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Eric Seely
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Steven Madorin
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Eric Seely
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Phillip Love
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Jimmy Huffman
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Dustin Cooper
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Nikki O.
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Lynn N
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Wes Watson
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Andi Sparks
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