Trails in the South Mountains State Park Trailhead Area

Here is a list of all trails in the South Mountains State Park Trailhead area.

Each trail has its own printable page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

For general information about the South Mountains State Park trailhead, see the South Mountains State Park Trailhead page.

Need to find trails by another method? Go back to Trails.

Benn Knob Trail

Moderate
  • Connects Lower CCC Trail to Raven Rock Trail. Closest access is 5 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. The trail serves as a boundary between North Carolina gamelands and the park. Benn Knob Peak is a restricted area. Benn Knob is one of the highest...
  • 3mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough

Dogwood Trail

Easy
  • 2.6mi, Level, Few Obstacles

Headquarters Trail

More Difficult
  • Starts at the Shinny Creek picnic area, 0.5 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. The trail provides access to Shinny Creek Trail, the Shinny Creek Backcountry Campsite and the Upper Falls Trail. One of the main artery trails which provides access to...
  • 1.9mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough

Lower CCC Trail

Moderate
  • Connects Benn Knob Trail to Horseridge Trail. Closest access is 4.3 miles from the Jacob Fork parking area. The Lower CCC Trail was named for the Camp Dyer Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The trail follows a ridgeline that separates the Henry Fork...
  • 2.5mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough

Raven Rock Trail

More Difficult
  • Closest access is 0.2 miles from the Cicero parking area. Raven Rock Trail crosses the park road and Jacob Fork River then ascends steeply to a paved road shared by the park and Pine Mountain Golf Resort. There is a winter view of High Shoals Falls....
  • 5.2mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

Upper Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Connects Raven Rock Trail to Lower CCC Trail. Closest access is 1.1 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. The trail divides the park north and south. It crosses the Jacob Fork River above High Shoals Falls. Be prepared for a stream crossing. The trail...
  • 3.8mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles