Rutherford Outdoor Coalition

Florence Nature Preserve

Florence Nature Preserve


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Length 5+ miles ( Multiple Trails)

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The Nature Preserve is mostly owned by Conserving Carolina. They partnered with Henderson County Parks and Recreation for a parking area and connector trail. The perverse consists of an interconnecting series of trails with a beautiful mountain creek and several scenic overlooks.


For more details visit Conserving Carolina's website at:

The preserve is part of the newly designated Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail System. That system is envisioned to be more than 100 miles of trails throughout Hickory Nut Gorge. To read more about the plans and see a map of the current and proposed trails see the link below:



WHERE: 3836 Gerton Hwy, Gerton, NC 28735

DIRECTIONS: Located directly on Highway 74A. Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trailhead. From the Lake Lure Welcome Center, about 7.3 miles west on US 74-A. Trailhead will be on your right. It is also the trailhead for the Wildcat Rock/Little Bearwallow Falls Trail.

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