Florence Preserve Blue Trail

At A Glance


1.8 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 1.8
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Blue


As Florence Preserve's longest trail, this one has a variety of character. From Kelly Mountain Road up to the Yellow trailhead connector, this is a narrow, slope-side trail with a couple of creek crossings on log bridges. Some neat trees grow here, and there is a relatively healthy hemlock stand beside some tiny cascades on the creek. From the yellow connector, the trail widens onto an old stream side road bed, with some more healthy and unhealthy hemlocks. From the next Yellow trail on the left up to the White trail, it's more twisty and narrow, and passes through an area devastated by Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. There are lots of dead rhododendron, as well. (Avoid this section until the hemlocks stop falling). North of the White trail intersection it levels out, pulls away from the creek, and widens again. Here it passes through a more open forest, before swinging west back into the creek drainage through another rhododendron grove. Beyond the creek crossing - on a wide, road-sized bridge - the trail passes through a small open area before winding up to Little Pisgah road.

Intersecting Trails

  • Florence Preserve Yellow Trailhead Connector
  • Florence Preserve Yellow
  • Florence Preserve White
  • Florence Preserve Orange - Little Pisgah Point
  • Florence Preserve Red
  • This trail is located in the Florence Nature Preserve area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Florence Nature Preserve trails list page.

    This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Kelly Hill Rd. to Yellow Connector Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.33 mi

    Yellow Connector Tr. to Yellow Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.31 mi

    Yellow Tr. to White Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.31 mi

    White Tr. to Orange Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.13 mi

    Orange Tr. to Red Tr. (Meadow)

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.13 mi

    Red Tr. (Meadow) to Little Pisgah Rd.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.28 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 1.49 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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