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greenBlue Horne Creek Trail

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2.1 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
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Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 94' 29 m
Descent: -73' -22 m
High: 821' 250 m
Low: 762' 232 m

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Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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A moderate trail along Horne Creek and the Yadkin River with views of the river.

David Petri

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy to traverse, and you can turn around at any point. There is a picnic area at the start, and many placards along the trail describing plants and animals.

Description

The Pilot Mountain State Park website best describes this trail as a moderately sloped hiking trail that begins at the picnic area and meanders along Horne Creek with many varieties of spring wildflower. You can make a loop by returning to the picnic area on the park road.

I found this trail to be the perfect trail for a nice mid-day hike. The canopy keeps the area cool from the sun, especially when you get close to the river. The trail is well marked with blue circle blazes.

Along the Yadkin River, there is a spot where you can view a bald eagle's nest across the river—bring your binoculars (I was able to see two young eaglets in the nest).

I recommend hiking out-and-back. Don't take the road back to the starting point. It always amazes me to see what I missed on the return trip.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers and several types of trees to see. We saw a raccoon in a tree. Many birds can be heard, and avid bird watchers may enjoy the variety that we heard. There is also a bald eagle nest along the Yadkin River.

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