NC – Wildcat region/Youngs Mtn Trail

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North of Lake Lure

4.2 miles round trip

The spectacular Youngs Mountain Trail is the newest link in the Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail that Conserving Carolina is spearheading. This sustainably built trail begins by winding through a beautiful forest, crossing several creeks. Then climb get steeper and takes you to several overlooks, including an overhanging rock that makes a great place for photos. From the rocky summit, you can take in panoramic views of Lake Lure, Rumbling Bald, Weed Patch Mountain, the lower Hickory Nut Gorge, Mt. Mitchell and the Black Mountains. After you enjoy these beautiful vistas, follow the trail back the way you came, noting the rich diversity of plants and animals along your way.

Please note that this trail takes you along cliffs and precarious rock outcrops. Please approach these areas with great caution. Keep a close watch over children and pets, or leave them at home for this hike. Parking is very limited and you must register for a free parking pass.

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