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South Mountain State Park Half Marathon

Intermediate/Difficult
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Trail

12.7 mile 20.4 kilometer loop
87% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,206' 672 m
Descent: -2,209' -673 m
High: 2,609' 795 m
Low: 1,339' 408 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)

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A great mix of single trails, stairs, fire roads and epic uphills.

Christian Messerschmidt

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This race is close enough to the surrounding metro areas but much more challenging than the events held there. On the other hand, it's much easier than the ACTUAL NC mountain courses, making this a perfect course for runners who want a do-able challenge.

Need to Know

Some technical downhills require proper trail shoes.

Description

The trails are very runnable, but challenging both technically and from an endurance perspective. I consider this an excellent entry level mountain trail race if you are seeking a little more climbing than you find in the lower Piedmont and the Charlotte area.

Flora & Fauna

Rhododendron

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Jan 14, 2018
Lexi Gross
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Lexi Gross
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  4.5 from 2 votes

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Looking towards the top of High Shoals Falls
Jul 30, 2018 near Salem, NC
Upper Fall on High Shoals Fallls Trail.
Mar 30, 2016 near Salem, NC
High Shoals Falls, South Mountain State Park
Oct 12, 2018 near Salem, NC
Falls at the top. Worth the climb.
Mar 24, 2019 near Salem, NC
High Shoals Falls
Feb 12, 2016 near Salem, NC
Several small falls along the hike to High Shoals Falls
Oct 12, 2018 near Salem, NC

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