Nestled deep in the woods, South Mountains State Park is the perfect place to enjoy nature. Here you can see a majestic mountain range peeking out from the gently rolling landscape of the Piedmont.
The park includes elevations up to 3,000 feet, a waterfall dropping 80 feet and more than 40 miles of trails. From equestrian camping to trout fishing, mountain biking to picnicking, a number of activities are available at South Mountains State Park.
Visit one of the state's most rugged parks. Hike the trail to High Shoals Falls to witness the roar of the waterfall as it pours into a large pool.
Each hiker is responsible for their own snacks and water.
Dogs are allowed. Pet Rules
Directions to SMSP - Click here for a Map & Directions to South Mountains SP from Charlotte SMSP is about 90 minutes (61 miles) from Charlotte.
Click here for a Map of the park
Trail - The most popular trail, High Shoals Falls Loop Trail, travels one mile along the Jacob Fork River to the base of High Shoals Falls, a beautiful crystal-clear waterfall. The trail then continues to the top of the falls before looping around and returning to the picnic area. The terrain can be rugged, so be observant of the trail and wear sturdy shoes.
We'll take the strenuous 2.1 mile Chestnut Knob Trail (each way) which leads to the Jacob Fork River Gorge and Chestnut Knob overlooks. Then come down and doing the 2.7 High Shoals Falls loop for a total of 6.9 very scenic, but challenging miles! Consider this in your preparations. . . should be a great day!
Please feel confident in your ability to handle elevation changes, steps, and a moderate pace if you are attending this hike. Beginners and those with injuries may find some areas challenging.
Where to meet - Enter the park according to the directions on South Mountain Park Ave. Proceed to the last parking lot at the end of the road. We'll begin hiking at 10:00 am, so please arrange your drive accordingly to make it to the park a few minutes before.
After the hike, we can go for lunch at the nearby Cooksville Grill in Vale, NC. (We went there last time and it was enjoyed by all). Expect to return to Charlotte by 4:30 pm if you stop to eat, by 3:00 if you don't.
Carpooling - Look for carpool meeting sites on the group Discussion Board and contact others in your area to make arrangements, either by emailing them directly or posting your needs in the Comments section of the event.
I am requesting that each attendee contribute $1.00 toward Meetup membership fees. Click here for an explanation of this contribution.