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Best trails in Connelly Springs

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Looking for a great trail near Connelly Springs, North Carolina? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Grandfather Mountain State Park or South Mountains State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Julian Price Memorial Park or Moses H Cone Memorial Park. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Connelly Springs ranging from 2.4 to 11.7 miles and from 1,227 to 2,637 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Connelly Springs
Top trails (15)
#1 - High Shoals Waterfall and H.Q. Loop Trail
South Mountains State Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
High Shoals Waterfall and H.Q. Loop Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Connelly Springs, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is priShow more
#2 - High Shoals Falls Loop Trail
South Mountains State Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
Note: Plan to arrive early, as park can close if it reaches full capacity. This is probably the most popular hike at South Mountains State Park featuring a wonderful creek, 80 ft waterfall, mountain Show more
#3 - Chestnut Knob Trail
South Mountains State Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
Steep wooded trail, views of High Shoals Falls, extraordinary mountain views Follow the HQ trail away from the parking area. After you pass the amphitheater on the left, look for Chestnut Knob trailShow more
#4 - Possum Trail
Connelly Springs, North Carolina
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 20 m
Possum Trail is a 0.7 mile out and back trail located near Connelly Springs, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walkiShow more
#5 - Shinny Creek Loop Trail
South Mountains State Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 29 m
Nice woodland walk, diversity of Shinny Trail, wonderful creek This is a great hike to experience the diversity found in the park! You'll start down low on old logging roads, then explore a dry mounShow more
#6 - Hemlock Nature, Upper Falls, and High Shoals Falls Loop
South Mountains State Park
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Length: 14.3 mi • Est. 7 h 34 m
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 thShow more
#7 - Hidden Cove Trail
South Mountains State Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
Hidden Cove Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Connelly Springs, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail oShow more
#8 - River to Chestnut Knob to Sawtooth Loop
South Mountains State Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 3 m
River to Chestnut Knob to Sawtooth Loop is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Connelly Springs, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. TheShow more
#9 - Chestnut Knob, Sawtooth, Horseridge, Possum and Shinny Trail Loop
South Mountains State Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 12 m
The trail ascends to a scenic view of High Shoals Falls and Hugo Rock. It continues up to Chestnut Knob Overlook which offers a beautiful view of the Jacob Fork Gorge. This continues onto the SawtootShow more
#10 - Little River to Upper CCC to Horseridge to Upper Falls Loop
South Mountains State Park
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 6 h 1 m
Little River to Upper CCC to Horseridge to Upper Falls Loop is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Connelly Springs, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is Show more
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