Mountain Laurel Loop
ElevationAscent: 353' 107 m
Descent: -365' -111 m
High: 349' 106 m
Low: 200' 61 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“A beautiful, shady, singletrack trail that winds through the forest and over wooden bridges at Raven Rock State Park.”— Laura Candler
Mountain Laurel Loop trail is open to hikers and bikers who are required to travel in opposite directions around the loop. There's a short access trail before the loop begins which allows two-way traffic, and a sign at the beginning of the actual loop shows which direction to walk or ride depending on the day of the week.
The highest elevation is at the beginning of the trail, so no matter which direction you travel, you'll start by running downhill and finish on an uphill stretch. When you run in a clockwise direction, the first third of the trail is mostly downhill with several fairly steep sections. The remaining two thirds of the trail ascend gradually, with a mix of uphill and level sections. When you run in a counterclockwise direction, the first part of the trail descends gradually allowing you to breeze through the first four miles with very little effort. However, the last few miles are mostly uphill.
Parking for the trail is located in a grassy field away from the main parking area for Raven Rock State Park. To find the trailhead, turn right onto Moccasin Branch Road before you pass through the main entrance to the state park. Drive about 0.25 miles and look for the sign to the mountain bike trailhead. Two portable toilets are located near the beginning of the trail.
Land Manager: North Carolina State Parks