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Northern Approach Trail

Intermediate
 4.7 (3)

The Northern Approach Trail is the first in the new park and takes you to the to the highest elevation of the park.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

90%

Runnable

897' 273 m

High

616' 188 m

Low

377' 115 m

Up

372' 113 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Geological Significance · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

The trail starts by cutting through the wetlands on a raised trail. The land is more open with different flowers.

From here, you begin to enter through younger forest that passes along a creek. In the right season there are oddles of mushrooms.

After coming to the Heartleaf Loop, you turn to the right a cut along the base of the mountain. Soon you are making switchback up the mountain. The terrain slowly turns from rocky to boulder strewn as you reach the summit.

Continue along the large rounded summit through mature hardwoods. Eventually you twist your way back down, passing a picturesque creek with fern covered banks.

Hike past the Heartleaf Loop again and you are soon back at the parking lot.

Shared By:

Anna Bowland with improvements by Russell Hobart

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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  4.7 from 3 votes
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#193

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#6,217

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Photos

Raised walkway through the wetland at the start of the trail
Sep 1, 2020 near Snowcamp, NC
Sculpted rock near the summit
Sep 1, 2020 near Snowcamp, NC
The fog squeezing in on the trail.
Sep 2, 2020 near Snowcamp, NC
Lactarius Indigo mushroom waiting to be foraged
Sep 1, 2020 near Snowcamp, NC
Shaggy Stalk Bolete on the trail
Sep 1, 2020 near Snowcamp, NC

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