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Strawberry Gap Trail - White Squirrel Hiking Challenge

This is a strenuous 6 mile out-and-back Trail. The trail climbs upward for three miles through beautiful, boulder-strewn forests. About halfway up, a rock outcrop offers sweeping views over a picturesque valley and range upon range of distant, blue mountains.

Strawberry Gap Trail - White Squirrel Hiking Challenge
Strawberry Gap Trail - White Squirrel Hiking Challenge

Time & Location

Mar 09, 2024, 9:00 AM

Gerton, FJQV+4H, Gerton, NC 28735, USA

About the Event

Strawberry Gap is the newest trail in the stunning Upper Hickory Nut Gorge trail network–just opened in September 2022! The trail climbs upward for three miles through beautiful, boulder-strewn forests. About halfway up, a rock outcrop offers sweeping views over a picturesque valley and range upon range of distant, blue mountains. The climax of this trail is Blue Ridge Pastures, where the forests give way to a ridgeline pasture, revealing dramatic views of the Hickory Nut Gorge, Bearwallow Mountain, Little Pisgah Mountain, and in the distance the highest mountains in the eastern United States.

This trail is made possible through a partnership between two local land trusts–Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) and Conserving Carolina. SAHC owns Strawberry Gap Preserve and worked with multiple private landowners to protect this beautiful mountain land with conservation easements. Conserving Carolina then built the trail, which connects to Trombatore Trail at Blue Ridge Pastures. This brings us to more than 16 miles of connected trails in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge!

Please note that Strawberry Gap passes through privately owned land and dogs are not allowed on this trail.

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