Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail Planning Process
Virtual Public Information and Engagement Opportunity

North Carolina State Parks has created a virtual public information page for the Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail planning process, where interested parties can engage in the process by reviewing the information normally provided at in-person information sessions and providing feedback.

We are in the middle of the master planning process for Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail and want to hear from you. Below you can watch a video presentation on the project and take a survey to give your input.


About the Trail

Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail (HGST), one of our nine trails, is in Henderson, Rutherford, and Buncombe counties. It will connect Bearwallow Mountain, Lake Lure, Chimney Rock State Park, and the Florence Nature Preserve. Conserving Carolina, a land trust serving western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina, has been the driving force behind this trail — and one of our major partners in this effort. When complete, the trail should be about 50 to 60 miles long.


Planned Trail Route


► View the map as a .pdf file

Part of the trail will piggyback on some already existing trails: Trombatore, Bearwallow, and Weed Patch Mountain trails. Trombatore and Bearwallow are hiking-only trails, while Weed Patch Mountain Trail is open for mountain biking and hiking.


Segments in Detail

Listen to the following presentation to learn more about each of the segments of the Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail (closed captioning available in video):



Public Feedback

As with all State Parks' planning, we want to hear from you! In normal times, we would have in-person public information sessions. Now, however, we need to share our information virtually.

After reviewing this website page, please take our survey:

HGST Planning Survey


Note: If you have issues with loading or submitting the survey at that link, please try a different browser.

The survey will be open through January 15, 2021.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the planning process, please contact Smith Raynor, State Trails Planner, at smith.raynor@ncparks.gov.