Florence Preserve

This land is owned by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy but is open to the hiking public.

The Preserve is so new that the trails don’t have names yet, just colored diamond-shaped blazes.

“The 600-acre Florence Nature Preserve in Gerton connects to the Little Bearwallow Mountain Preserve trail system. It contains three miles of hiking and biking trails through the beautiful forests of Upper Hickory Nut Gorge. From the top of Little Mount Pisgah, spectacular 360 degree scenic vistas of the entire gorge can be enjoyed. This is a hike well worth the effort to get to the top! ” Hickory Nut Gorge Eco Community

Length: 6.1 miles

Altitude gain: 1,650 ft.

Rewards: Beautiful, well marked trail

Trailhead: Follow US 74A east to Gerton. At the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Community Center, drive another mile to a parking area and chimney on the left.

The trail starts to the left of the chimney as you face it.

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