State: North Carolina
Address 1: NC 281 South
Open all Year: Yes
Full Hook: Yes
Plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and one of the greatest concentrations of rare and unique species in the eastern United States are found within Gorges State Park. An elevation that rises 2,000 feet in only four miles, combined with rainfall in excess of 80 inches per year, creates a temperate rain forest and supports a collection of waterfalls.
Gorges State Park offers primitive camping in a spectacular natural environment. A favorite park for backpackers who are looking to get away from the beaten trail, campers will find solitude after the strenuous hike.
Primitive camping is available near the southern boundary of Gorges State Park along the Foothills Trail. There are six designated backpack sites along the trail within the park boundary. Access to the Foothills Trail at Gorges State Park is at the Frozen Creek parking lot. Follow the square yellow markers on the Cane Brake Trail.
With rainbow and brown trout, as well as smallmouth bass, the waters of Gorges State Park beckon fishermen to try their luck. All streams and rivers in the park are designated Wild Trout Waters.
Offering rugged terrain that will challenge any outdoors enthusiast, visitors who traverse the steep, backwoods trails will be rewarded with views of dazzling waterfalls or perhaps an encounter with one of the numerous rare species of the park.
Horses and mountain bikes are currently permitted on the Auger Hole Trail from the Frozen Creek Access to Turkey Pen Gap on the western boundary of the park. Hiking is also allowed on the trail.
The waterfall overlook is accessible from the Grassy Ridge Access. The trail begins near the parking lot and is blazed with blue circles. The trail leads to a small observation platform overlooking a long cascade on Bearwallow Creek.