New Hiking Trail in Lake Lure

Bob Carlson and Kim Chao on Youngs Mountain Trail. Photo courtesy Conserving Carolina

Youngs Mountain Trail is a new 2.1-mile hiking trail (4.2 miles round-trip) located on the north side of Lake Lure. It ascends 1,200 feet in elevation to reach the top of scenic cliffs near the summit of the mountain. This dramatic destination offers panoramic views of Lake Lure, Rumbling Bald, Weed Patch Mountain, and the lower Hickory Nut Gorge. On a clear day, Mt. Mitchell and the Black Mountains are also visible. This trail traverses 437 acres of land protected by Conserving Carolina. It is the newest addition to the emerging Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail network, and will one day connect to other trails, including the nearby Weed Patch Mountain Trail.

The Holler, December, 2021, Conserving Carolina.

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