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South Mountains State Park

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3001 South Mountain Park Avenue, NC 28612
+1 828-433-4772
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South Mountains State Park is one of the largest NC State Parks at more than 18,000 acres. It is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jmpncsu
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Raleigh, North Carolina
My legs are burning, but my heart is rested

The park bathrooms were nicely maintained and clean, but the water fountain wasn't on so bring your... read more

Reviewed May 20, 2018
Samantha C
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“trout” (8 reviews)
“the loop” (7 reviews)
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3001 South Mountain Park Avenue, NC 28612
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"high shoals falls"
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"trout"
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"the loop"
in 7 reviews
"visitor center"
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"horse trails"
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"great hike"
in 6 reviews
"picnic area"
in 7 reviews
"waterfall hike"
in 3 reviews
"challenging trails"
in 2 reviews
"hiking boots"
in 2 reviews
"beautiful trails"
in 3 reviews
"little river"
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"main trail"
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"great workout"
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"fork river"
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"nice picnic"
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"family campground"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

South Mountains State Park is one of the largest NC State Parks at more than 18,000 acres. It is about 20 miles south of Morganton. The South Mountains are a rugged range separated from the Blue Ridge Mountains by the Catawba Valley, reaching elevations of...More

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Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

The park bathrooms were nicely maintained and clean, but the water fountain wasn't on so bring your own water. The path to the falls starts out nice enough, but got steep pretty quickly. The veiw is worth it.

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Reviewed May 6, 2018

For a fantastic waterfall hike and to get the most bang for the buck, this is the hike! Two hours from Charlotte, you literally drive to the parking lot, and in no time you are at the top of a gorgeous waterfall. The hike to...More

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Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

We love this campground. It is a state park campground. Pets are allowed, alcohol is not. The river runs right by the campground and is a beautiful place to photograph plant and animal life. You can time to a waterfall or follow other well marked...More

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Reviewed November 30, 2017

This is a very beautiful park with great although challenging trails. There is a very nice picnic table area with grills. There are numerous hiking trails, we walked to the lower part of the falls and it was stunning but it was also I think...More

1  Thank cms28269
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Reviewed November 15, 2017

Dad and I walked, no trudged all the way to the top to see the falls. We met so many people, of so many type and personality. The scenery was beautiful as were the persons themselves. I was amazed at the amount and the diversity...More

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Reviewed October 22, 2017

Great hiking opportunities with primitive campsites. The waterfall hike is pretty. Good picnic area as well. The leaves will be pretty in another week or two. Make sure you avoid Saturday's in the Fall as it can get crowded on the trail.

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Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

A great camping and hiking adventure at South Mountain State Park. I have not be disappointed with Parks staff or facilities. Enjoy the hiking and scenery that God has created for us to enjoy. During week is the best time, as you have the trails...More

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Reviewed September 14, 2017 via mobile

They have many trails to chose from starting with easy to strenuous. They have several entries to each trailhead. Camp ground on site. The office had very limited snacks so bring a cooler and backpack with plenty of drinks and snacks. Also hiking boots are...More

Thank Sandra W
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Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

Me and my family goes to South Mountain Park around 3-4 times a year we do not live far from it is beautiful nice hiking trails The Falls is nice and now they also have camping so we recommend for everyone to try

2  Thank jimmybrew1
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Nathan S
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Response from Annie H | Reviewed this property |
I have no cell service when I am up there.
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LuvsCampingPeriod
June 11, 2017|
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Response from Blountjh | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Right in the campground!
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DreBrink
May 9, 2017|
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Response from Annie H | Reviewed this property |
I have personally stayed at the camp ground in a hammock before. There are lots of trees around the sites to hang the hammocks. Bathrooms are good and clean. I have not used them for showering though (only stayed one night... More
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