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Turnback Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.2 mile 2.0 kilometer point to point
93% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 53' 16 m
Descent: -251' -76 m
High: 1,068' 326 m
Low: 845' 258 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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A gentle route along a wide trail through the forest.

Nathan Sprinkle

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek

Runner Notes

You get a chance to look up and enjoy the scenery on this wide trail with few obstacles, a refreshing change from the rockier trails around here.

Description

This is an alternate way to reach the ridge if you start from the parking lot, or an alternate way to get back to your car if you've just completed the Pinnacle Trail. It can also make an easy loop if you want to avoid the steep area near the top of The Pinnacle.

There are several distinct areas of forest and a small stream along this trail. Follow the white triangle blazes. Intersections are well-signed, but just in case, if you are returning from The Pinnacle, going downhill, turn left when you see a road ahead, this is where the Turnback Trail meets and follows the Fern Trail. After a few hundred yards, turn left again at the sign that explains why it's called the Fern Trail. From there its an easy cruise back to the parking lot.

More information about the area can be found here.

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Flora & Fauna

Oaks, maples, beeches , hickory and pine trees.

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Photos

View of the meadow.
Aug 31, 2018 near Kings M…, NC
Trail through the woods.
Aug 31, 2018 near Kings M…, NC
Little hikers need trekking poles sometimes, too.
Feb 12, 2016 near Kings M…, NC

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