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Rank: #2 in Lenoir
#26 in North Carolina
#619 Overall
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“Beautiful views of the Appalachian mountains turn to dense forest in this hidden trail.”
Shawn Moore on Jun 5, 2013
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7.9 Miles 40% Singletrack 2,870’ Ascent -2,846’ Descent 1,243’ Low 2,101’ High
Please refrain from riding after heavy rain to minimize trail impact.
A great trail within riding distance of downtown Lenoir. Beautiful views and dense forest with streams and small waterfalls make for a great ride.

Primary trail users are horseback riders, so please be respectful of these and other users. Some erosion due to horse traffic may be present.
Need To Know
Creek crossing at about the 1.25 mile mark of the singletrack.
The ride starts at a forest service gate and climbs steadily on a forest service road for approximately 4 miles. Beautiful views and sounds of flowing water and waterfalls are frequent along this opening section.

The singletrack starts with a trail to the right marked by a cairn on top of an opening berm. Once past the berm, fast, flowy singletrack descends through dense woods. A fork in the trail appears at about the 1 mile mark of the singletrack and riders should bear right on this.

A series of creek crossings follows over the next .75 miles with the first being better negotiated by foot. Keep an eye out for small salamanders hunting among the rocks in the fast flowing, cold streams. The trail begins to open up into old roadbed but single lines are still evident through the tall grasses growing up in them. Some gravel is present towards the end of the trail as it approaches the forest service road.

Enjoy the mountain laurel and rhododendron blossoms all along the trail! Once back to the forest service road, turn left and descend back to the gate.
History & Background
This area and the trails were once a part of the Anita Alta Girl Scout camp. Prior to that, the entire area was heavily logged to provide raw material for the significant furniture industry once present in Caldwell County.
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Aug 9
Mama bear and 3 baby bears have been spotted in the proximity of the trail. Make sure to make noise as you ride!
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PHOTOS of Gem Mine
 2.7 from 3 votes
Take the right fork on the singletrack! (Lenoir, NC)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Climbing the forest service road. (Lenoir, NC)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Salamanders and singletrack! (Lenoir, NC)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Small waterfalls abound. (Lenoir, NC)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Mountain laurel in bloom, rhododendrons to follow soon. (Lenoir, NC)
 2.0 from 3 votes
Gate dividing the parking area from the Forest Service road. (Lenoir, NC)
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