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CANCELLED: Rocky Face Mountain Park - "Winter Mountain Hike"; 4.5+ mi Moderate

Rocky Face Mountain is located in the Northeastern section of Alexander County has a rich history dating back to the early 1900’s. The site was a former quarry operation which began in 1922 and operations ceased in the early 1940’s. A prison camp was located nearby and a railroad reached the old quarry site. There have also been agricultural land uses such as apples, peaches, wheat and grapes near the site.

Rocky Face is a dome shaped mass of granite gneiss with a maximum elevation of 1795 feet above sea level. There are actually two summits on the mountain separated by a ridge and saddle. The summit is approximately 600 feet above the surrounding terrain.

Winter Mountain Hike
Bundle up and join a park ranger on a hike as you explore the park this winter. Learn about the variety of evergreen plants that bring color to the forest even in the winter. Be sure and bring your binoculars so you can see some of the birds that call the mountain home. This hike will be about 3.5 miles and will take approximately 2 hours. We will be leaving the park office at 1:00 pm. Wear comfortable sturdy shoes, dress warm, and bring water!

  • We'll meet at the park office by 12:00 and head out to explore the small, but scenic network of trails for an hour, then join up with the ranger for the Winter Mountain Hike, which begins at 1:00.
  • The park is 1.5 - 2 hours from Charlotte.
  • For more info on Rocky Face Mountain Park, click here.

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  • Aaron J.

    had a great time on this hike!! met some really good people and we had a ball out there!! thanks to ranger alicia for taking us out, she's the best.

    January 28, 2013

  • Greg C.

    Wish I had known you guys were going. Might have gone myself.

    January 26, 2013

    • Nancy H.

      Those of us that did hike did not no it was cancelled until we were already there. I'm glad the park ranger decided to let us go.

      January 28, 2013

  • Nancy H.

    Had a great time hiking today.

    January 26, 2013

    • Nancy H.

      I know you have time to talk to every one not just a few.

      January 28, 2013

  • Michael

    Any one looking to carpool from the south Charlotte area. The hikers who planned to ride with me have cancelled (weather concerns). Hiking in the woods after a weather event is typically the best time, nature will be at its' fullest potential. Send me a message if you need I ride.

    Take care Maria, Nancy and Polly, we will see you on the trail at a different hike.

    January 25, 2013

    • Melissa G.

      I am on the phone but got your text..I am still interested...I will text you shortly

      January 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mike, I almost made it there! 20 minutes before 12 noon I turned around. I was concerned that the temperature appeared to be still around the freezing point in Statesville so late in the day and thought there could be ice in the remaining roads to get there (never been there). Aaaanyway. I turned around and went to Crowders instead. See you next time.

      January 26, 2013

  • David K.

    Rocky FAce just updated their website showing the trails are closed due to icy conditions. My apologies, but I am CANCELLING this event due to that and remaining bad roadway conditions. Call me at 704*[masked], if you need clarification. Sorry for the short notice.

    January 26, 2013

  • Greg C.

    Weck on 77n at exit 29. Bad

    January 26, 2013

  • David K.

    If anyone wants to carpool from the Mooresville Kohl's (I-77, ex 36), I'll be there at 10:45 and will leave shortly after. Let me know!

    1 · January 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      David..I will try to get to Kohl by 10:45. If I don't make it I will see you at the hill

      January 26, 2013

    • David K.

      Look for the gray Mustang.

      January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone. Looks like today's the day my lil dog is going to have her puppies so I'm not going to be able to join you on the hike today. I was at rocky face a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed the two shorter trails there. Watch that granite dome today it could be icy! Everyone be safe and enjoy your winter hike. I will maybe bring a friend and join you for the mooresville urban hike though.

    January 26, 2013

  • Cathy

    If anyone wants to carpool from the Northlake Mall area, let me know. Otherwise, I will meet up at the Mooresville Kohls :)

    January 2, 2013

    • Cathy

      Sorry everyone... some things came up and I'm not going to be able to take it. I did look it up and will take about an hour and 10 minutes to get to the park from the mall. I would suggest metting up around 10:30 to give yourself time to find each other and leave. You probably want to leave by 10:35/10:40 at the latest, to give yourself time to find everyone at the park before noon. Hope you have fun!

      January 25, 2013

    • Kristi

      I have to back out as well. Have fun!

      January 25, 2013

  • Hal

    Won't be meeting you in Mooresville, Not going on hike because weather is too uncertain with Fridays snow and cold up there.

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    weather.com is predicting 46 @ 3:00....but these are just forecasts. It might be 40 or 50...

    January 24, 2013

  • Greg C.

    The high temp in Hiddenite on Sat is supposed to be 45.

    January 24, 2013

  • Kerstin

    I looked at the forcast and it doesnt look so good - i am gonna cancel

    January 24, 2013

    • David K.

      Really? Saturday's forecast is partly cloudy and 50 degrees. Sounds like a perfect day to hike!

      1 · January 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tomorrow looks terrible, but Sat after noon looks sunny & mid-upper 40's.

      January 24, 2013

  • Kerstin

    Aaron and Donna - sounds good. What area of the parkin lot should we meet and what time?

    January 21, 2013

    • Aaron J.

      great, thank you kerstin! i've never been to the shopping center so yall tell me, and I'm there.

      January 22, 2013

    • Donna P

      I'm with Aaron - I'm not familiar with the parking lot so just let me know where

      January 22, 2013

  • Michael

    Would anyone like to carpool with me leaving from the south Charlotte area?

    January 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, I'm coming. Thanks

      January 22, 2013

    • Michael

      Great Nancy, should something come up please give me a call. See you on Saturday.

      January 22, 2013

  • Mark

    I'll meet up at the Mooresville Kohls for carpooling too.

    January 22, 2013

  • Kerstin

    I could meet someone at cotswold shopping center

    January 21, 2013

    • Aaron J.

      Hey kerstin. i may need to take you up on that offer. i won't know until closer to the end of the week, if that's is ok.

      January 21, 2013

    • Donna P

      Kerstin - that would work for me!

      January 21, 2013

  • Hal

    I will meet you in Mooreville to carpool

    January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    David, I am not sure what time the hike takes place on 1/26. Seems like we meet at 12 p.m. and leave the park office at 1:00 p.m. Michele

    January 2, 2013

    • David K.

      I see your point. I fixed it above. We should be there by noon. We'll head out on our own for a while, then meet up with the Ranger for the 1:00 outing. This will give us some activity without getting home too late. I suppose if anyone only wants to do the "Winter" hike, they can arrive by 1:00. I will get there before 12:00, however.

      January 2, 2013

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