February 22, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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A handful of us made a spontaneous trip to Chestnut Knob trail before the holidays. Really nice trail so I'd like to do it again.
Please note it is a strenuous trail due to the steepness so be sure to bring water and energy snacks. But of course if I made it to the top it can't be that hard, right?
It's a 4 mile out & back with a 900' elevation gain. Takes about 2 1/2 hours.
South Mountain State Park is a local favorite so hope several of you can come out and join us. When you arrive at the park there is a nice Welcome Center on the right. If you arrive a little early check out the displays and grab a map. THEN CONTINUE TO THE END OF THE ROAD TO THE TRAIL HEAD.
Trail head: The trailhead is located in the Jacob Fork Parking Area at South Mountains State Park. From Morganton, NC, take exit 105 on I-40 and follow the brown and white signs to the park. The park is approximately 20 miles south of I-40. Once you enter the park, drive to the end of the road to the Ranger Station and Jacob Fork Parking Area. (Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked])