North Hills Dam Trail
ElevationAscent: 11' 3 m
Descent: -12' -4 m
High: 4,229' 1,289 m
Low: 4,220' 1,286 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“The main access point for the eastern Franklin Mountains trails, running along the top of a dam.”— Brendan Ross
The trail proceeds from the corner of Levee Loop as a wide gravel doubletrack, crossing over paved concrete portions of the dam in some sections. As a completely manmade feature, the path is as flat and easy as a trail comes. Strangely, five turnstile gates are placed along the path; slow down when passing through these as rust keeps some from moving quickly enough to keep up with a fast pace.
Two segments connecting the main trail to the park are found after the second and fourth turnstiles. The southern segment is the main connection from the parking lot to the trail. Don't forget to stop at the pay station if using the north access point.
The dam trail ends at a pay station at the junction with Fence Line. From here it is a short distance to the "real" east side trails.
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