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Follow the gravel road up a slight incline to the tower (the trail is not marked). Be prepared for the strong winds at the top! Amazing views await those brave enough to climb the stairs to the top!

I highly recommend this trail for anyone wanting a moderate hiking trail with a beautiful destination. The well maintained trail winds through the woods and leads to the NC Arboretum.

mountain biking
3 days ago

This is an excellent trail for hiking, biking, and fishing since the trail follows the river. Park at the main lot for Hard Times Road and begin down the gravel road. If you turn right at the first intersection it leads to Lake Powhatan. Turn left and it eventually leads to the NC Arboretum. There are places to stop and enjoy the flowers and river.

Not really a hike, but that's ok because I just wanted to see the scenery tonight..quick 10-15 min walk up a gravel road to the tower area..the wind was insane and was shivering cold at the top of tower but the views were AMAZING!!! Deff worth checking out, not to mention the beautiful blue ridge parkway drive!

trail running
20 days ago

this was a very challenging hike and something to think about. it has a steep ascent and the views are ok. take you time because its a ling haul to the top.

Good forest road climb with a fast flow downhill on single track.

Great trail for beginners

mountain biking
1 month ago