"Rock Payne" Trail

At A Glance

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2.3 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 2.3 (More Difficult)
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: None

This trail is located in the Shope Creek area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Shope Creek trails list page.

This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:


Climbs over Rock Knob, Paynes Knob, and another unnamed summit as it traverses the ridge at Shope Creek's eastern boundary. Very steep in places; cliff-top views in others. Nice sections of surviving Carolina Hemlock forest. Can be used to make a strenuous loop with trails lower down the valley.


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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:

Shope Creek Ridgetop Trail

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 1.91 mi

Shope Creek Ridgetop - to Parkway

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.4 mi

Total Calculated Length: 2.32 mi

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

Intersecting Trails

  • "Warbler Cove"
  • "Mule's Face"
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