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Recommended Routes in South Mountains State Park - 9

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Favorite Looking towards the top of High Shoals Falls
Difficult

High Shoals Falls Loop Trail

2.3 mi 3.7 km 524' Up 159.67 m Up 516' Down 157.42 m Down

Salem, NC
Favorite Looking towards the top of High Shoals Falls
Intermediate/Difficult

South Mountains Half Marathon

12.4 mi 20.0 km 2,269' Up 691.74 m Up 2,254' Down 687.11 m Down

Salem, NC
Favorite Looking towards the top of High Shoals Falls
Difficult

South Mountains Marathon (aka Shinny Shiver Marathon)

25.8 mi 41.6 km 5,100' Up 1554.53 m Up 5,097' Down 1553.63 m Down

Salem, NC
Favorite Looking towards the top of High Shoals Falls
Difficult

South Mountains 50k

31.3 mi 50.4 km 5,978' Up 1822.22 m Up 5,958' Down 1816.01 m Down

Salem, NC
Favorite Looking towards the top of High Shoals Falls
Difficult

High Shoals Half Marathon

12.6 mi 20.3 km 2,149' Up 655 m Up 2,158' Down 657.67 m Down

Salem, NC
Favorite Looking towards the top of High Shoals Falls
Difficult

South Mountain State Park Half Marathon

12.7 mi 20.4 km 2,206' Up 672.43 m Up 2,209' Down 673.45 m Down

Salem, NC
Favorite Well maintained trails with beautiful fall colors.
Intermediate/Difficult

South Mountains Eastern Loop

7.2 mi 11.6 km 1,445' Up 440.58 m Up 1,483' Down 451.92 m Down

Drexel, NC
Favorite Sun Rays Jacob Fork South Mountains SP
Intermediate/Difficult

Chestnut Knob

4.7 mi 7.6 km 866' Up 264.09 m Up 866' Down 264.06 m Down

Salem, NC
Favorite A good place to rest. There is a picnic table to sit and glaze the South Mountains around this point.
Intermediate

Test Route, May 2021

12.5 mi 20.2 km 1,888' Up 575.34 m Up 1,877' Down 572.07 m Down

Salem, NC

South Mountains State Park Running

  • 179 Miles 288 Kilometers of Trail
  • 9 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 24 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 4 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in South Mountains State Park - 21

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2.1 mi 3.4 km #1Shinny Trail
Difficult
Salem, NC
Difficult
Salem, NC
3.1 mi 5.0 km #2Saddleback Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Salem, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Salem, NC
3.8 mi 6.2 km #3Upper Falls Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Salem, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Salem, NC
1.4 mi 2.3 km #4Hidden Cove Trail
Intermediate
Drexel, NC
Intermediate
Drexel, NC
3.7 mi 5.9 km #5Fox Trail
Difficult
Salem, NC
Difficult
Salem, NC
1.4 mi 2.3 km #6High Shoals Falls Loop
Difficult
Salem, NC
Difficult
Salem, NC
10.9 mi 17.5 km #7Roper Hollow Road
Intermediate
Glen Alpine, NC
Intermediate
Glen Alpine, NC
2.1 mi 3.3 km #8Little River Trail
Intermediate
Salem, NC
Intermediate
Salem, NC
1.5 mi 2.3 km #9Possum Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Connelly Springs, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Connelly Springs, NC
2.2 mi 3.6 km #10H.Q. Trail
Intermediate
Salem, NC
Intermediate
Salem, NC

Photos of South Mountains State Park - 53

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Looking towards the top of High Shoals Falls
Jul 30, 2018 near Salem, NC
Tree fall
Mar 14, 2021 near Salem, NC
View
Mar 14, 2021 near Salem, NC
Well maintained trails with beautiful fall colors.
Nov 22, 2020 near Drexel, NC
Huge tree
Mar 12, 2020 near Salem, NC
Overlook!!l
Oct 29, 2019 near Salem, NC
Bridge Jacob branch trail
Oct 29, 2019 near Salem, NC
Fox trail south mountains state park.
Oct 29, 2019 near Salem, NC