South Mountains State Park (Burke County, NC)

There is a North Carolina State Park tucked away in the mountains just off the Old Hwy 18 road near Connelly Springs, NC. Some friends and I decided to visit it this past Sunday.

From the South Mountains State Park Official website

In one of the state’s most rugged areas, South Mountains State Park features elevations to 3,000 feet, an 80-foot waterfall, mountain streams and more than 40 miles of trails for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. …20 backpacking campsites at six locations. Equestrian camping… 33 miles of bridle trails. Mountain bikers enjoy a 17-mile loop… and more.

South Mountains State Park

Apparently the park, which offers free admission, is a popular attraction. There were hundreds of visitors on the grounds hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, and just enjoying the day.

We chose to hike to the top of the waterfall. The final portion of the trail is a strenuous endeavor. It was littered with debris, and had recently been subjected to heavy rain, flooding, and downed trees. A short video of our experience has been posted to my Facebook Page.