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South Mountains State Park, North Carolina

4.7
#53 of 100 in Nature in North Carolina
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  • Hiked the High Shoals Falls Trail Loop with the wife and kids. It was wonderful. The falls were amazing. The hike was strenuous, but very fun. The cover kept the high temperatures at bay. A great day ...  more »
  • We're a camping family and have visited many of North Carolina's state parks. South Mountains is by far our favorite. Many of the campsites in the family campground are right along a small river that ...  more »
  • I am still giving a 5 stars review despite our first impression of this state park just because we should have known better than to go on the first Saturday with warm temperatures for this season. As ...  more »
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  • Love coming here to walk the trails. My kids love to play in the water. Lots of fun for the whole family. Nice and peaceful. It can get crowded on the weekends and holidays. We came in the afternoon which helped because the crowd had thinned about a bit. Still didn't feel like it was all that crowded when we came in the middle of the day on Good Friday when the parking lot of filled up. We love this place so much that we go here quite often. Also, they do have camping which we are looking into doing this fall.
  • Awesome trails within a reasonable drive from Charlotte. All trails are maintained well and marked for easy following. I camped in the high falls backcountry sites too. Peaceful, equipped with fire ring and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The hikes are mostly moderate to strenuous- especially if you're backpacking. The info center has little convenience items for camping and they are helpful staff wise. Dog friendly area as well.
  • Stayed at the family campground in June 2017. The trails were fine, the showers were great, the access to water was convenient. The tent pads were clean and drain well. Good, because we had a decent amount of rain. Everything was in fine repair. The Visitor's Center had a compact little store and everything was reasonably priced. ONE BIG COMPLAINT - You couldn't step 6 inches off your tent pad without stepping into poison oak and poison ivy. It was EVERYWHERE around the campsites. We walked the campground thinking maybe it was just our site. It wasn't. It was everywhere. We mentioned it to some part timers. They said they knew, but they were dealing with: 1) budget cuts, 2) Catching up from last year's fires, 3) Didn't think anyone would listen to them because they were part timers. At the end of the stay we informed the personnel at the Visitor Center. They flat out blew us off. "Way-ull, we spray it all the tahm," the lady told us with a dispatching glance that quickly reverted to what she was doing previously. A Ranger with a long gray 1890's beard affirmed that there wasn't much they could do. All of this is BS. Ivy and Oak in these concentrations mean you have to be Super Vigilant with children and pets. And a breeze can send it airborne, so you can catch the toxins that cause the rash through the air. My wife caught some of the rash on her legs, and she had been very careful to stay out of it. Roundup works, but you have to spray it, and follow up. We use the product just like you do. It works. Based on the height of the plants (8"-12"), this stuff clearly hadn't been sprayed for weeks or months. This left a bad taste to what was otherwise an enjoyable weekend. Not just the poison ivy and oak, but the inattention of the park staff to even be receptive to the complaint. I hate giving negative reviews, but I'm hoping this catches the attention of someone in authority who will make them address the problem.
  • Free access to hike and to wade in cold clean shady creek! Waterfall and trails are fantastic! No alcohol permitted. Enjoy your picnic!
  • Great Place for a Hike and Picnics. Make a perfect summer spot to hangout with friends and family. Marked trails to fall view !!

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