The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

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    Nestled deep in the woods, rugged South Mountains State Park is a phenomenal place to enjoy nature. The park includes elevations that range from 1000 feet in the rolling piedmont to majestic mountain ranges towering over 3,000 feet. Other highlights are the beautiful High Shoals Falls that drops 80 feet, and more than 40 miles of trails including a 17-mile mountain bike loop. From equestrian camping to trout fishing, mountain biking to picnicking, a number of activities are available at the park.

Website: South Mountains State Park
Connelly Springs, NC. .
Distance: 1 hour and 30 minutes east of Asheville
Address: 3001 South Mountain State Park, Connelly Springs NC 28612
Telephone: 828-433-4772
Hours: November-February: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., March, April, September and October: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.,  May -August: 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Closed Christmas Day
Directions: Traveling east on I-40: From I-40, turn south on NC 18, travel 11.1 miles and make a right turn onto SR 1913 (Sugarloaf Road). Take SR 1913 to Old NC 18 4.3 miles and turn left. Travel 2.7 miles and make a right turn onto SR 1901 (Ward's Gap Road). The park is 1.4 miles off SR 1901 on SR 1904 (South Mountains Park Avenue). Travel one mile from the beginning of South Mountain Park Avenue to the South Mountains State Park gate.

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