Explore the most popular walking trails near Cedar Mountain with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Not too challenging. Kids 5, 8, 10, and 12 all hiked it and enjoyed a swim in the middle. Will definitely do it again!

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike, with a great waterfall at the end.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail, easy hike and only a few bikers today. The river water was higher than usual, when crossing it got tricky since the water was higher than normal and slick rocks.

hiking
4 months ago

It's actually quite easy, with the only real uphill portions being short and not very steep regardless. Definitely a great place for a family trip. We started the figure 8 with turning left for a clockwise loop and by the end of the lower loop, I *think* that the signs pointing you back to the parking lot are...backwards? I hate to say that because I'm sure it's me who read them wrong but I did the opposite of what they said after they led me back to Nook's portion, and I ended up at my car. (?)

4 months ago

This wasn’t as difficult as I was expecting. Nice views from the top. Wouldn’t recommend going when it’s too wet out because I can imagine the rocks getting pretty slick up there. Will do it again with friends/family but avoid bringing any little ones unless we stuck to the easier side of the mountain. Not the greatest views from below but would probably recommend for bikers.

hiking
6 months ago

We did this trail on Jan 8 and there was a lot ice on the trail. Busted my booty courtesy of the ice. We did the full figure 8 and the Nooks trail. Not much to see on the Nook trail but pretty. I would highly recommend taking the complete Cedar Rock Trail. The section unmarked on the map above has the most stunning views. The water in our bladders started freezing later in the day. Dress in layers with special attention to toes and fingers. We saw several of mountain bikers on the trail but no issues with getting in each other’s way. I would imagine in warmer weather that may be an issue. Mostly a lovely walk in the woods and beautiful frozen river views.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy hike. The Pitch Pine and Triple Lake portion aren't used as much so it is a great way to avoid the crowds at DuPont.

hiking
11 months ago

Typical trail in the woods. Lots of mountain bikers. I won't be hiking this trail again

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail. Very little foot traffic. Decent views but little water

11 months ago

Did 1/2 to little river as part of a figure 8. Nice trail hiking mostly over rock so slippery in the rain. Nice views.

11 months ago

Awesome private view on Thursday about 1 mile from parking!

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

great views from atop The rock

hiking
Thursday, June 22, 2017

good trail

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Very enjoyable trail and the stream crossing is a nice feature. Tip: due to slickness of mossy rocks wear only socks when crossing. Bare feet appear to be too slick and while boots are fine those wearing socks did much better. Water was between ankle and calf deep.

It's a pretty hike I love the trail

hiking
Monday, February 06, 2017

Nice area with varied terrain. Lots of bikers depending on day of week and time of day. Weekday mornings are great. Lots of trails to connect to giving you the option to shorten or lengthen your hike as you see fit.

hiking
Friday, October 28, 2016

Easy walk in the Dupont State Forest.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Wonderful Hike - Fall colors were beautiful. I will hike it again.

Wide gravel dirt roads make this trail around Lake Julia beautiful and easy for families or bikers. The lake is not populated and very pristine. You can do a portion of this and not the whole 19 miles. The hike from the visitors center to the lake and back is about five miles total. The hike has some small hills near the lake. Most parts are in the shade but you'll also see some meadows and sun.

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

This is part of DuPont Forest and on my way to Bridal Veil Falls. I'm not sure what a former reviewer was talking about, but the easier way to Dense Lake is main parking lot by High Falls. It's not a long hike taking Joanna Road. I personally don't like hiking 30minutes on gravel, so took Pitch Pine Trail right after getting on Conservation Rd. from the Covered Bridge. Love this trail, quiet and peaceful. PItch Pine weaves around and leads to Joanna Rd and Triple Lake Trail (Dense Lake)

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

The hike was pretty nice. The portions on the gavel roads left a bit to be desired, and the markings are almost nonexistent when your actually on proper trails, but the waterfalls are gorgeous. The Triple and High Falls areas are pretty crowded, but Bridal Veil was almost deserted. There is a river crossing close to the beginning where you need to be cautious. The rocks are extremely slick.

Very easy trail, much of it on a gravel road. Three excellent falls to see, Triple Falls, High Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. Dog, bike, and horse friendly also.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 12, 2015

Nice but bumpy bike ride down from Big Rock!

Fairly easy trail. The falls are nice and open. Great place to sit, eat and relax.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

My buddy and I did this loop in early April. We had not read any detailed reviews, so we weren't expecting much. We rode Frozen Creek earlier in the day, and it was a lot of steep uphill walking. In short, Cedar Creek is over the top. Fantastic fun!!

hiking
Saturday, January 31, 2015

This is a very easy trail and not too bad of a walk. The weather was great but climbing to get to the falls was a bit treacherous with ice on portions of the rocks. We didn't get to go behind the falls because fear of slipping into the water but it was a lot of fun. Super easy hike and you can bring your dog or mountain bike to several of the falls. We plan to go again next month with some of our friends!

hiking
Sunday, June 22, 2014

Very nice trail with the falls at the end. It's pretty easy with some of the trail being a couple of service roads. it was very hot the day of our hike and was not crowded at all. You must go down a couple of other trails to get to Bridal Veil Falls and those were fairly crowded however. The falls is nothing really special and can hardly be considered a falls as it just flows on top of large smooth rock. Very similar to sliding rock in Pisgah National Forest, NC. There were beautiful fields of wildflowers along the way and great opportunity for pictures. Recommend for family hike. Word of caution. There are snakes abound in this area, including timber rattlers. My wife sat down on a rock with a ledge and was bitten by a copperhead. I flagged down a Park Ranger and he gave us a ride back to the station where they checked her out. Luckily it was a dry bite. Kudos to the Rangers for their professionalism.

hiking
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

This trail is in the DuPont State Forest with parking lot on opposite side of the road from trail. The morning of my hike was cold and snowy. The trail starts out easy, with the first mile or so being dirt and gravel. It then becomes much more difficult because you have to cross Little River, which at the crossing is more like a creek. After the river crossing the trail gets steep in places and very treacherous due to the ice and snow. Overall a very good trail and one an average hiker can do in dry weather.

hiking
Saturday, March 23, 2013

What a great trail for hiking/biking. Mostly old service roads, with the option to go and hit trails, there is an old airstrip which is real neat, and a farm as well. All in all an easy hike with mean suitable places for a relaxing picnic or mid day nap away from it all. I would give this hike higher marks but we went in the dry season and the Fall was not at it peak, and because of that we will hike it again, or perhaps bike it next time.

Trail is part of DuPont State Forest, NC

mountain biking
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Park at Cornmill Shoals park area, go across the street, take a left and head straight up a very technical climb then the fun begins! Cedar Rock was part of Mountain Biking Magazines 10 best Epic Rides in the USA. I hope this gives you and idea of what to expect. The trail hits rock at the top of the mountain, super fast and downhill from there, it just might possibly be the most fun I've ever had on a MB! Amazing views and some of the best waterfalls you will ever see are in the area! This trail in particular with it's connector trails is one way to access Bridal Veil Falls but not so close to Triple Falls. Enjoy! Be prepared to be WOWED!

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