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Horne Creek Trail

Intermediate
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A moderate trail along Horne Creek and the Yadkin River with views of the river.


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2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

98%

Runnable

821' 250 m

High

762' 232 m

Low

94' 29 m

Up

73' 22 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

There are a couple areas where there are some tough spots due to brush and felled trees. You do have to cross the creek a couple times and active railroad tracks.

Description

The Pilot Mountain State Park website best describes this trail as a moderately sloped running trail that begins at the picnic area and meanders along Horne Creek with many varieties of spring wildflower. You can make a loop by returning to the picnic area on the park road.

I found this trail to be the perfect trail for a nice mid-day run. The canopy keeps the area cool from the sun, especially when you get close to the river. The trail is well marked with blue circle blazes.

Along the Yadkin River, there is a spot where you can view a bald eagle's nest across the river—bring your binoculars (I was able to see two young eaglets in the nest).

I recommend running out-and-back. Don't take the road back to the starting point. It always amazes me to see what I missed on the return trip.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers and several types of trees to see. We saw a raccoon in a tree. Many birds can be heard, and avid bird watchers may enjoy the variety that we heard. There is also a bald eagle nest along the Yadkin River.

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David Petri

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Horne Creek is beautiful in the afternoon sun.
May 29, 2017 near Tobacco…, NC
Wildflowers bloom in earnest along the Horne Creek Trail.
May 29, 2017 near Tobacco…, NC
A masked friend isn't happy to see us along the Horne Creek Trail.
May 29, 2017 near King, NC
If you look closely, you can just make out an eagle's nest across the Yadkin River.
May 29, 2017 near Tobacco…, NC
Enjoy great views along the trail near the Yadkin River.
May 29, 2017 near Tobacco…, NC
Horne Creek makes a great spot to take family photos!
May 29, 2017 near Tobacco…, NC

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