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Weed Patch Mountain Trail

Weed Patch Mountain Trail

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Activities

Hiking Walking/Running Cycling Equestrian Paddling Camping

Length 8.6 miles

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The Weed Patch Mountain Trail is the newest trail in Hickory Nut Gorge! It opened in May of 2018 and is on property owned by the Town of Lake Lure. The trail connects Buffalo Creek Park to Eagle Rock.    

Buffalo Creek Park has expanded to more than 1,500 acres allowing for the new trail to be built.

The Weed Patch Mountain trail is 8.6 miles extending from the near the highest point on the Buffalo Creek Park blue loop up the Eagle Rock where you get an incredible view of the surrounding mountains. The trail is a backcountry experience with no other connecting trails on it's entire length. This trail should only be used by experience hikers and bikers.

The trail is open to mountain biking though it is a narrow singletrack design without banked curves or any specific mountain bike features.

The main access point for the trail is the Buffalo Creek Park trailhead. You must hike 1.5 to 2 miles on the blue loop at to reach the start of the Weed Patch Trail.

There is also a provision for limited parking at the western end of the trail which is on Chimney Rock State Park land. A few parking spots are available there on a reservation only basis. The reserve a parking spot click here.

For much more details about the trail and how it came to be see Conserving Carolina's trail page at the link below:

https://conservingcarolina.org/weedpatch

The trail 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:

 

https://conservingcarolina.org/hickory-nut-gorge-trail/


 

WHERE: Lake Lure, NC

DIRECTIONS: 2191 Buffalo Creek Road, Lake Lure 28746 (For Buffalo Creek Park side)

End of Shumont Road
1905 Shumont Road, Black Mountain, NC (For Eagle Rock side)

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Appropriate Clothing

Weather can change quickly in the mountains. Always tuck rain gear into your backpack and bring along layers of clothes.