Weed Patch Mountain Trail offers exciting backcountry adventures for hikers, mountain bikers, and rock climbers. This award winning 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. This trail connects to the Buffalo Creek Loop Trail.

Please note that the parking area on Shumont Rd. has been closed. You can access Weed Patch via the Town of Lake Lure’s Buffalo Creek Park. Learn more. 

Length: 10 miles one way, 20 miles round trip (including the start on the Buffalo Creek Loop Trail)

Difficulty: Strenuous

Great For: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Views, Wilderness Experience

Weather Related Closings

To prevent damage to the trail, it may be closed due to weather conditions. Please check the Buffalo Creek Park website for information about closings.

  • View from Eagle Rock
  • View from Grey Rock 2 – Photo by Clint Calhoun
  • WPM Trail – photo by Brad Allen
  • Peter Barr, WPM Trail Designer, looking at trail’s destination Eagle Rock
  • Tunnel Trail spur off of WPM Trail to base of Eagle Rock in Chimney Rock State Park
  • Rock Crushers at Weed Patch Mountain Trail

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How to Get to Weed Patch Mountain Trail

Please note that the parking area on Shumont Road has been closed. You can access Weed Patch Mountain Trail via the Town of Lake Lure’s Buffalo Creek Park.

Buffalo Creek Park Trailhead

Address: 2191 Buffalo Creek Rd, Lake Lure, NC 28746

Take the Buffalo Creek Loop Trail to get to Weed Patch Mountain Trail.

Following the closure of the upper parking lot, Conserving Carolina and our partners are working to find solutions that will improve access to the full length of Weed Patch Mountain Trail. 

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.

Hiking or Mountain Biking Weed Patch Mountain Trail

When planning a trip to Weed Patch Mountain Trail, please keep in mind that the terrain is steep, rugged, and remote and an out-and-back on the full trail is 20 miles long. Know your limits and come prepared.

One option for hiking or biking Weed Patch is the 10-mile out-and-back (5 miles each way) to the spectacular views from Grey Rock, around the midpoint of the trail. Begin at Buffalo Creek Park and make your way mostly uphill to this spectacular viewpoint about five miles up the trail. Enjoy the view and then make your way back down to Buffalo Creek Park.

Weed Patch Mountain Trail
View from Grey Rock. By Gordon Tutor.

Creating the Weed Patch Mountain Trail

Shrimper Khare biking on Weed Patch Mountain Trail
Shrimper Khare led the construction of Weed Patch Mountain Trail. He also loves biking it.

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.

One of the Best New Trails in the Country!

In 2019, the national Coalition for Recreational Trails honored Weed Patch Mountain Trail with its annual achievement award in the category of trail design and construction. It was the second year in a row that a Conserving Carolina trail has won this national award. Learn more. 

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