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Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 6

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The Elkin Valley: Devil's Garden Overlook to Pilot Mountain State Park


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Map Key

71.9

Miles

115.7

KM

Point to Point

3,652' 1,113 m

High

814' 248 m

Low

4,889' 1,490 m

Up

7,460' 2,274 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

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Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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Need to Know

Sections of trail not in Stone Mountain State Park nor in the town of Elkin are on private land and may be open to hunting. Before you hike in these areas, see ncwildlife.org/hunting.aspx for information about seasons and licenses, and always wear blaze orange during hunting season.

Except in Stone Mountain State Park, the trails in this section are almost entirely on private lands. Please stay on the trail and respect the property owners' privacy. Camp only in the areas shown in the Friends' trail guide.

Please let business owners and government staff know if you plan to park overnight or longer. If you do not notify anyone at the state parks, they may launch a search to determine that you are not in danger. The other owners and government agencies may tow your car.

Description

The trail is marked with the MST blaze—a 3" white circle—on the westernmost 6 miles in Stone Mountain State Park and on trails between the park and Elkin. There is no signage on the roads.

For more information, including camping, lodging, parking, shuttles, and resupply information, as well as detailed, turn-by-turn directions, download a trail guide from the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

This trail segment is "actively under development" by the Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA) and local governments that have made completion of the MST a priority. Please contact EVTA to learn how you can get involved.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jim Grode

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Photos

Walking the MST at Wells Knob. Photo by Joe Mickey.
May 17, 2016 near Thurmond, NC
Looking up at Stone Mountain.
Oct 19, 2016 near Thurmond, NC
The summit of Wolf Rock provides great views of Stone Mountain through the fall grass.
Oct 27, 2016 near Thurmond, NC
An incredibly persistent tree grows along the way.
Oct 27, 2016 near Thurmond, NC
There are huge moss beds along this trail.
Dec 20, 2019 near Thurmond, NC
Amazing moonscape at Wolf Rock.
Dec 20, 2019 near Thurmond, NC

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Sep 9, 2017
Perry Shaw
Hike part of this segment for the MST in a Day event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the trail. 4.2mi