ElevationAscent: 53' 16 m
Descent: -251' -76 m
High: 1,068' 326 m
Low: 845' 258 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“A gentle route along a wide trail through the forest.”— Nathan Sprinkle
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.
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Land Manager: North Carolina State Parks