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Florence Nature Preserve Access Trail

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 3.5 (2)

The trail provides a scenic hike between the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trailhead and the gorgeous Florence Nature Preserve


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0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Point to Point

2,906' 886 m

High

2,457' 749 m

Low

457' 139 m

Up

8' 3 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildflowers

Description

This trail begins at the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trailhead parking area and gains elevation quickly. Follow the numbered yellow blazes to stay on track. There are several locust log staircases that switchback up for the first quarter mile of trail. The trail evens out after you pass a dilapidated shack, the remains of an old homesite. You'll eventually intersect the Blue Trail, one of the many trails that makeup the network of Florence Nature Preserve.

Dr. Tom Florence and his wife Glenna left a legacy of natural wonders when they donated their 600 acre property on Little Pisgah Mountain to Conserving Carolina. The couple started acquiring this land on the southern slopes of the mountain in the 1960s and they made regular trips from Georgia to enjoy it. In their retirement, they lived on the land for 20 years. They came to have a deep sense of connection to the land, and they didn't want its natural treasures ever to be lost. And they didn't want to just keep them to themselves.

The Florences donated 300 acres to Conserving Carolina in 1996, which was the first property that the land trust owned. They went on to donate an additional 300 acres in 2001. Conserving Carolina adopted and improved nearly five miles of existing trails and has opened the land to the public as the Florence Nature Preserve.

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Land Manager: Conserving Carolina

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Conserving Carolina

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There is a significant climb as you enter the preserve, with lots of locust log stairs.
Jan 23, 2020 near Edneyville, NC
Begin your hike at the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trailhead.
Jan 23, 2020 near Edneyville, NC

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