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This steep trail leads hikers to the bottom of impressive 50-foot cliffs in Norman Wilder Forest.


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1,564' 477 m

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1,278' 390 m

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286' 87 m

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Max Grade (17°)

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Features Birding · Geological Significance · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail is short, but not for the faint of heart. It is very steep, and in several places it is very narrow. However, it provides very rewarding views of fantastic 50-foot cliffs with unique geology.

Norman Wilder Forest is a 185-acre preserve between Saluda and Tryon. As you explore the hiking trails, you'll find yourself surrounded by mature forests with majestic, tall trees. In the spring and summer, you can enjoy exceptional displays of wildflowers. The preserve is part of the North Carolina Birding Trail and home to many species including wood warblers, thrushes, and tanagers. Beautiful mountain streams flow through on their way to the North Pacolet River.

Conserving Carolina owns Norman Wilder Forest and is committed to maintaining it as a nature preserve for generations to come. The 185 acres of Norman Wilder Forest were acquired in 1999 by the Pacolet Area Conservancy, one of two land trusts that merged in 2017 to form Conserving Carolina. The forest was named for a lifelong conservationist and environmental educator who served on the board of the Pacolet Area Conservancy.

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Land Manager: Conserving Carolina

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Conserving Carolina

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Check out the interesting geology of the Norman Wilder Cliffs!
Jan 23, 2020 near Tryon, NC

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