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Cane Creek Purple Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (2)

An out-and-back singletrack featuring several creek crossings and a hike on top of Cane Creek Dam.

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6.3

Miles

10.1

KM

Out and Back

652' 199 m

High

557' 170 m

Low

382' 117 m

Up

382' 117 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

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Features Lake

Closes for 24 hours after rain.

Description

This purple-blazed trail starts just off the entrance road to the park and connects the day-use side of the park to the camping side. The trail starts off by following an easy educational nature trail through the woods, continues onto a brief hike on an open gravel road, and then finishes off the western section of the hike on a longer open section on the top of an earthen dam.

After the dam, the hike becomes more technical. The latter half of this trail is in dense oak/hickory forest. There are several creek crossings (a couple without a bridge) and rocky seections that can be challenging. The southern half of the trail climbs to ridge-tops and descends steeply to the creek crossings.

After 3.2 miles, the trail terminates at another Cane Creek Park Trail - the southern red-blazed route. Turn around and go back for a 6.4-mile hike or connect to the Red or Green Trail.

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A short section on a gravel road.
Oct 11, 2017 near Mineral…, NC
A scenic trail along the top of the earthen dam.
Oct 11, 2017 near Mineral…, NC
A rocky section along the creek.
Oct 11, 2017 near Mineral…, NC
A bridge at the bottom of the downhill.
Oct 11, 2017 near Mineral…, NC

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Jul 2, 2020
Chad Randolph
Ran the purple trail, the red trail, and some of the yellow trail. Surface is great, but blazes could be better, e.g., more signage at road crossings. 8.8mi