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Coldspring Branch Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.2 (5)

Enjoy a peaceful little back trail with a little challenge.


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Map Key

2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

80%

Runnable

3,142' 958 m

High

2,025' 617 m

Low

1,142' 348 m

Up

133' 41 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife

The park is open daily from 9-9 during daylight savings, and otherwise from 9-6.

Description

Starting from the junction with the Jones Gap Trail, the Coldspring Branch Trail follows a forested landscape as it makes a steady climb into more open terrain higher up.

Upon reaching the junction with the Bill Kimball Trail, stay left to continue on Coldspring. Soon, you'll need to navigate several water crossings, some with foot bridges, and some where you'll need to get your feet wet. From here on out, the trail climbs steadily through terrain that can flow with water after heavy rains. Unfortunately, the vegetation is so thick on each side of the trail that it's no use to try and use the sides. Just embrace the water and trudge up.

At the junction with the Coldspring Connector Trail, make a right to continue on the trail and climb to a ridgeline. Follow the ridgeline to reach the trail's end at a parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Oak, hickory, flowering dogwood, rhododendron, ferns, flowers, and mosses all grow in this area.

Animals in the area include black bears, white-tailed deer, reptiles, amphibians, wild turkey, wood peckers, warblers, eastern blue birds, and spring migratory songbirds to name a few. Brook, rainbow, and brown trout can be found in the rivers.

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  3.2 from 5 votes

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Another tricky water crossing, used the rocks in background to cross and stay dry, few wet and slippery. Signs others are starting to do the same.
Nov 19, 2017 near Slater-…, SC
A tricky water crossing trying to keep feet dry right off the bat on Coldspring Branch Trail.
Nov 19, 2017 near Slater-…, SC
Hillside log stairs help keep the trail together on heavy rains and makes it easier for your descent, or climb depending on which way you are going.
Nov 19, 2017 near Slater-…, SC
Parts of the trail are combination of stream bed. Trail has a chance of getting some feet wet. Because of under brush, path of least resistance is the trail.
Nov 19, 2017 near Slater-…, SC
Will have a couple of small easy water crossings in the lower part of the trail.
Nov 19, 2017 near Slater-…, SC

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