South Mountains State Park, North Carolina
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This place was far better than what I expected. The trails are beautiful and picturesque with a few waterfalls here and there. There is plenty of parking and picnic tables as well as decent bathrooms ... read more »
We visited South Mountains SP for the first time last week. There is much here to be enjoyed by anyone looking for an experience away from touristy crowds and over-used outdoor enjoyments. But we went... read more »
First make sure you have directions to and from the park. There isn't any cell service for the trip home. Second carry water and drink it while hiking before you get dehydrated. It snuck up on me and ... read more »
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We love going here for the most beautiful scenic hike. Its a little strenuous at times. Make sure you take bug spray and water. The restrooms are clean. We love the waterfalls, dipping in the water and reaching the top to see High Shoals Falls. When you hear it clearly, go to the right stairs instead of following the blue dot trail stairs. Signs need to be more clear, since we missed it on our first hike. It's worth the hike and can't wait to go back in the Fall.
High Shoals Falls was the main attraction for me but sadly there want enough rain for the water to fall. Keep track of the forecast before you hike out as this waterfall is sensitive to the amount of rainfall in or around your visit. Hike was actually a bit more on the tough side just by the amount of walking up hill there was. Good hike but the waterfall was questionable.
Another great park the main trail up can get crowded, but all the others are peaceful as most folks only go to the top and head back down, we spent all day hiking, and loved it.
C. J. L
It's a very large park, however it's very crowded. We took the waterfall trail, and unlike most hiking trails, you have people constantly pushing you forward and on top of you. For people who genuinely like to hike, this trail would not be appealing. It's more of a tourist attraction. There are horse trails, camping areas and grilling areas. One person said it was clean, the facilities at the ranger office are clean, but the benches and tables around the park are very dirty. I've been to other parks where these are fairly clean. There are only two parking areas at this park, and the trails start at each. To get to any adjoining trail, you have to trek through the starting trails to get there. So you can be on a trail for miles before you get to where you want to be. However, the park rangers are hardcore efficient. There was an emergency on the trail, an obese woman twisted her ankle on a difficult boulder terrain, and there were two rangers helping her down, and a female ranger we saw IN the office when we arrived, passed us on the trail to help this women 40 minutes after we left. She literally hiked the trail in uniform in record time, when she got there, her uniform was still pristine! She carried herself like a marine!
It has many trails, but the most popular follows a stream up a series of falls. I mean small water falls, but you do need to watch for slippery rocks on parts of the trail if you want to avoid falling yourself. The campground is nice, we have stayed a few times in winter.
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