Vision for a 100+ Mile Trail Network

Imagine a loop trail that links Bearwallow Mountain with Blue Ridge Pastures and Florence Nature Preserve. Imagine another loop trail that goes all the way around Lake Lure, with dramatic stops at Youngs Mountain, Eagle Rock and World’s Edge. Getting excited? We are—especially now that we’ve come this far toward our vision of a 100+ mile network of connected trails in the Hickory Nut Gorge. So far, more than 35 miles of trails are open and more are underway. In 2017, the NC General Assembly officially designated this emerging trail network as the Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail. 

An article in the Asheville Citizen-Times says this trail systems is “expected to be a state treasure to rival the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.”

Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail Map

This map (updated 2019) shows how the trail network is coming together. Completed trails are shown in black while trails in progress are shown in orange. The red lines show possible routes for new trails that would connect this exciting new long trail.

See a PDF version here. 

Please note that trails in progress are not open to the public. Prospective trails are shown for conceptual planning purposed only.

You can also go here to find a trail map for the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail System, a future 20-mile loop that is a subset of the Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail.

  • Bearwallow Mountain Trail
  • Trillium on Bearwallow Mountain
  • Trombatore Trail
  • 2018-02-28 12.11.44
  • View from Grey Rock 2 – Photo by Clint Calhoun
  • Chimney Rock Photo
  • World's Edge by Kevin Adams
  • View from Youngs Mountain

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With the support of our members, Conserving Carolina has helped create some of our region’s most beloved public lands. Now, we’re asking you to help us create the 100+ mile Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail. Thank you for helping to protect great places to get outside!