Parkers Creek Loop
ElevationAscent: 323' 99 m
Descent: -320' -98 m
High: 152' 46 m
Low: 9' 3 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“A nice loop as a part of a 22-mile trail system.”— Brian Timko
There are a few steep switchbacks where you may need to slow down, but the great majority of the trail can be done without being over-taxed. Some of the low spots can get pretty muddy after rains but will still be passable.
The trail is not heavily used which is good and bad. You generally have the loop to yourself, even on weekends, but that also means you may end up hiking through dozens of orb weaver spider webs that decided to weave their webs across the path, many at eye level. I ended up doing the first loop with a stick clearing the webs (at least 25-30 of them) before hiking the next loop. Looking forward to freezing weather when the spiders die out.
I have seen a black snake and a copperhead, box turtles, and plenty of squirrels.
Land Manager: American Chestnut Land Trust
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