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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
3.6 mls N/A
Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:
2 hours and 15 minutes with 45 minutes of breaks
730 ft
Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area
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Park at the quarry. 35.96295, -81.12050

By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins (Contact Zach)

Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Park is located in the south central Brushy Mountains and offers big views for its elevation and location. This park is relatively unknown and is in a region where there are few public recreational opportunities. Fortunately, Alexander County opened this park in 2012 for hiking, climbing, and camping. When you arrive it is immediately obvious why this park is popular with climbers. The old rock quarry is a fantastic backdrop for the parking area, with vertical walls rising more than 80 feet.

There are 5+ miles of trails in the park and they are relatively easy and present multiple loop opportunities with great views. The Vertical Mile Challenge Trail has a fun 350-foot climb up an open granite face similar to the climb in Stone Mountain State Park without the stairs to assist. After you reach the broad summit of the mountain the upper loop of the Hollow Brook Trail takes you by two fantastic views of the Brushy Mountains and if you’re lucky, Grandfather Mountain. You’ll also get to follow the rim of the quarry wall and possibly get to see some climbers in action. This is a great little park with excellent views that all types of hikers can experience. 

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By: Jim Hayes Rating: Date of Hike: Thursday, June 1, 2017
It was a pretty nice hike for the distance.

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