The Best Hiking Trails in Gorges State Park
Book Gorges State Park cabins and explore the park's range of hiking routes – from easy strolls to challenging terrains for more experienced walkers. Secure yourself a spot at the lookout point at the peak of Bearwall or bask in the cascading water of the falls trail.
1. Canebrake Trail
This moderate trail is nearly 9 miles in length and is accessible all year round. Part of the route runs along the river and it's famed as one of the best trails in the area for running.
2. Bearwallow Falls
This trail is accessible for all fitness levels and is a short 1.4 miles and so is easily achievable in an hour or two – depending on how quickly you want to tackle the route. The cascading falls are the highlight of this route with impressive views of Lake Toxaway from certain points on the way.
3. Bearwall Overlook Trail
Despite being less than a mile long, the Bearwall Overlook Trail is regarded as moderate due to its significant elevation gain across the route. The views of the park from the peak are quite spectacular and you get to hike through plenty of lush vegetation along the way.
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Activities for Families in Gorges Park
The park is peppered with plenty of activities to enjoy when staying in Gorges State Park cabins. Book a picnic shelter for lunch with the kids or head out for an afternoon of fishing and catch yourself some trout and bass.
Trout and smallmouth bass populate the waters in the park, and all areas are Wild Trout Waters – however fishing near falls is not permitted. Due to the nature of the currents within the park which can be strong at times, swimming is not allowed.
2. Mountain Biking
The Auger Hole Trail is the park's premier biking trail and offers both easy and more challenging sections. There are picnic spots along the way where you can stop for lunch, enjoy the flora, and take in the sweeping vistas.
There are picnic tables dotted throughout the park, some of which are wheelchair accessible for those with reduced mobility. Two locations can be reserved on the park's website and visitors are reminded to take away all trash when they are finished.