“The highlight of the trail system with remnants of Appalachia.”
— Tony Brown
This is an out-and-back trail, you must turn around and descend once you reach the top of this trail.
Beginning off of McFarlane
, this trail climbs over a mile and a half through rock, laurel, and history. Not long after the first 100 feet, you'll spot old rock walls used for terraces and old box woods where homesteaders once lived. Once past a right turn with some 100 year old trash, you can see the remains of an old log home and it's chimney fallen over.
After passing through some rock and around an old spring you come upon the "flowstead". Here you can see the remains of hundreds of feet of rock wall before climbing into some laurel (nice rock outcropping to the right). Soon you are on top of Brokenback Mountain (1,600) and can begin the descent back down Moonshine. Please be aware that Blue Ridge School does not own the property on the top of the mountain and it is not allowed to be used.