Weed Patch Mountain Trail
The new Weed Patch Mountain Trail offers exciting backcountry adventures for hikers, mountain bikers, and rock climbers. The 8.6 mile trail traverses rugged mountain terrain through a remote wilderness area in the Town of Lake Lure’s Buffalo Creek Park.
Along the way, you’ll find yourself at rock outcrops with spectacular long range views, as well as pristine mountain streams and an old growth forest. The trail is designed for hiking and mountain biking and a spur trail creates the first access to Eagle Rock in Chimney Rock State Park, a rock climbing destination. This trail connects to the Buffalo Creek Loop Trail.
Length: 10 miles one way, 20 miles round trip (including the start on the Buffalo Creek Loop Trail)
Great For: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Views, Wilderness Experience
How to Get to Weed Patch Mountain Trail
Start at Buffalo Creek Park in Lake Lure. Hike the Buffalo Creek Loop Trail to get to Weed Patch Mountain Trail.
Address: 2191 Buffalo Creek Rd, Lake Lure, NC 28746
Future Eagle Rock Parking Lot
Because no sufficient public access or parking exists yet at the upper/western end of this trail, Conserving Carolina and Chimney Rock State Park are working in partnership to achieve permanent public access and a sufficient parking lot near Eagle Rock.
In the meantime, a small, temporary parking access area is being developed at this location to facilitate some access to the trail. This access is not yet open to the public but it is anticipated that it will become available this summer. Once open, a very limited number of parking spaces will be available through an online reservation system administered by Chimney Rock State Park. If you have questions about the reservation system and access for this Eagle Rock parking lot, you may contact Chimney Rock State Park.
Weed Patch Mountain Trail Map
This map shows the route of the trail, including topography and the best scenic views. You can also download this map as a PDF.
Creating the Weed Patch Mountain Trail
Conserving Carolina partnered with the Town of Lake Lure to protect over 1,500 acres at Buffalo Creek Park—making it one of the largest local parks in North Carolina. This land was slated for development, but during the recession, we were able to purchase the property out of bankruptcy. This allowed us to save a stunning tract of backcountry wilderness and open it to the public for recreation!
Conserving Carolina protected the land forever with a conservation easement and sold it to the town for a public park. We designed and built the 8.6 mile trail to high standards of sustainability, in order to prevent erosion, minimize needs for future maintenance, and enhance people’s experience on the trail. Our volunteer trail crews were instrumental in creating this state-of-the-art backcountry trail. The Weed Patch Mountain Trail is part of our vision for the 100-mile Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail network.