This hike starts at the Shingletown parking area and can be accessed from Mountain Road off of 45. Expect a sustained climb with some switchbacks, followed by an equally long descent through the forest.
Features: River/Creek — Views
Stay on the Lower Trail
with your kids, or those that may not be able to make it uphill.
There is a small stream crossing, and sections of the trail can be very rocky.
This is a relatively easy loop. Start on the Lower Trail
and travel alongside a small stream, with tunnels of rhododendron. Eventually, turn left onto Maguire Trail
and switchback uphill to the Bald Knob Ridge Trail
. Turn right on that trail enjoying the varying landscapes before topping out just under four miles from the start.
Then turn right onto the Green Shoot
trail connector. You'll exit that trail and turn right onto Lower Trail
to go back to the access point.
Make sure you take a moment to listen to the babbling water, and soak in the scent of the hemlock and pine trees that surround you. You'll even pass the ruins of an old stone house or mill!
Mountain laurel is abundant when first entering at Shingletown.