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Leadmine Gap Trail #212

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Trail

3.0 mile 4.8 kilometer point to point
76% Runnable
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 363' 111 m
Descent: -1,104' -336 m
High: 3,384' 1,031 m
Low: 2,565' 782 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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Trail shared by Victor Mariano

Leadmine Gap Trail is a ridgeline trail with scenic views of the Blueridge Mountains all around.

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Features Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Driving access to the trailhead is restricted from October 30 to April 1 by a Forest Service gate. During that time you can access the trail by running 0.57 miles to Hickory Branch Trail #213 or run up Curtis Creek Rd. 3.8 miles to get to the trailhead.

Description

Leadmine Gap Trailhead is located just off Curtis Creek Rd. Once on the ridgeline, you'll have a series of short steep ups and downs with stellar views on either side of the ridge. You'll see Snooks Nose Trail to west and the Mackey Traverse to east. The trail tops out on Buckeye Knob at 3,398 feet. Leadmine Gap Trail intersects with Hickory Branch Trail #213 at around 2.0 miles.

If you decide to continue on Leadmine Gap Ridge, this area is very overgrown and the trail is difficult to distinguish. You're better off heading back to the start or proceeding down Hickory Branch Trail #213.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers are abundant in the summer and the views will provide great colors of the surrounding hardwoods in fall.

Leadmine Gap is home to some very large old growth trees as this area is also part of the first National Forest tract in the U.S.

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One of the large old growth trees you'll find along the Leadmine Gap Trail.
Mar 22, 2018 near Marion, NC
View looking eastward from Buckeye Knob
Mar 22, 2018 near Marion, NC
This trailhead sign is not easy to see from Curtis Creek Rd
Mar 22, 2018 near Marion, NC

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