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Widows Creek/MST Trail

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 4.0 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This section of the MST makes the big climb from the Piedmont Valley to the lofty Blue Ridge Parkway.


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12.1

Miles

19.5

KM

Out and Back

3,657' 1,115 m

High

1,363' 415 m

Low

2,768' 844 m

Up

2,767' 843 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

If you are looking for some sustained climbing in northwest North Carolina, then check out this hike.

Description

This out and back hike starts at the Widow's Creek Trail parking area inside Stone Mountain State Park. From here, just follow the white dot to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail tread bounces back and forth from doubletrack to singletrack and is not very technical, but there are some pitches that will make your legs scream! The reward for your hard work is the overlook at Devils Garden at the Blue Ridge Parkway. Once you are done taking in the views, flips around and enjoy the downhill on the way back.

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Brandon Thrower

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  4.0 from 5 votes

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#133

in North Carolina

#3,292

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Stone Mountain - NC 3
Dec 6, 2017 near Thurmond, NC
Widows falls
Dec 6, 2017 near Thurmond, NC
Flowers
Dec 6, 2017 near Thurmond, NC

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May 28, 2019
Maria Toro
Not for the casual hiker
May 26, 2019
Zachary Widel
Some trail running on the descent. With Peter, Nathan, Maria, and Tyler. 12.5mi — 5h 39m
May 26, 2019
Kayla McFadden
Beautiful day for an up-hill climb! There is a beautiful gorge at the bottom of the trail with a gorgeous waterfall. — 5h 25m
Oct 13, 2018
Brian Lusher