Rock Payne Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,384' 422 m
Descent: -478' -146 m
High: 4,284' 1,306 m
Low: 3,377' 1,029 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 58% (30°)
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“A lovely trail that follows along the ridgeline and reaches a couple of summits.”— Russell Hobart
Once you make the ridgeline, you can cruise for a while on relatively flat surface until you eventually have to push to make the summit of Paynes Knob. From here you continue on flat terrain until you have to power up another unnamed summit.
Be sure to look for the rock bald off to your left for some open views.
After a short while, you pass Mule's Face Trail to your left and then make one last push up to the Blue Ridge Highway.
Land Manager: USFS - North Carolina National Forests Office
May 28, 2019: River rangers power up on the Pisgah National Forest