Eco-Tour | March 7 | South Mountains State Park

Date: Saturday, March 7
Time: 10 AM – 1:15 PM(ish) for Half Day
10 AM – 6:30 PM(ish) for Full day

Cost: $15/person (FREE for members)
Location: South Mountains State Park- Last Parking Lot at end of Road

3001 South Mountain Park Ave.
Connelly Springs, NC 28612

Special Highlight: Long Distance backpacking professional, Ryan Berry, will describe how to prepare for your own long-distance backpacking experience and help with fitting your pack.

Lunch provided! A typical backpackers’ light lunch: Tortillas, peanut butter, honey, snack bars, cheddar cheese, and backpacking salami.
*Food Allergies*
Please bring yourself food that is safe for you!


  • Half Day
    • High Shoals Falls Loop (2.7 miles)
      • Labeled “Strenuous” due to over 100 steps to the waterfalls and to get above them, the remainder of the hike is moderate hill climbing with downhill.
    • Full Day
      • High Shoals Falls Loop + Chestnut Knob Trail (about 7.9 miles)
        • In addition to the first hike, Chestnut Knob Trail is “Strenuous” due to switch backs to gain a lot of grounds and then, steady uphill hiking.

Need to bring:

  • Small backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
    • Always bring a rain jacket and an extra layer
  • Hiking shoes/boots
    • No sandals/flip flops/crocs, etc.
  • Any Medication you require (epi-pen, inhaler, etc.)
  • Hiking stick (optional)

Optional: if you want to bring your multi-day pack and materials (tent, sleeping bag, etc.) to train.