Youngs Mountain Trail

Youngs Mountain Trail is a new 2.1-mile hiking trail (4.2 miles round-trip) located on the east side of Lake Lure. It ascends 1,200 feet in elevation to reach the top of scenic cliffs near the summit of the mountain. This dramatic destination offers panoramic views of Lake Lure, Rumbling Bald, Weed Patch Mountain, and the lower Hickory Nut Gorge. On a clear day, Mt. Mitchell and the Black Mountains are also visible.

This trail traverses 437 acres of land protected by Conserving Carolina. It is the newest addition to the emerging Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail network, and will one day connect to other trails, including the nearby Weed Patch Mountain Trail. The Youngs Mountain Trail also represents a likely future connection between the Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail and the proposed Wilderness Gateway State Trail, which will ultimately extend as far east as Hickory.

Length: 4.2 miles out-and-back (2.1 miles each way)

Difficulty: Strenuous

Great For: Views, Wildflowers, Wildlife