Little River Regional Park: Ridge to Connector to South River Loop

Rougemont, NC
Length: 1.80 mi.
Type: Lollipop

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This is a favorite short loop within Little River Regional Park that is primarily wooded, with sections on gravel, dirt, rock, and boardwalk. There are several rockier sections and a few small stream crossings with bridges.

Starting at the bathroom building, take the paved loop to the left until it dead ends on the gravel fire road a few hundred feet away. Follow the fire road for approximately 0.5 mile until you see the sign for the Ridge Trail on your left. Take the Ridge Trail for another 0.3 mile until it intersects with the Connector Trail on your right on the boardwalk. Turn right onto the Connector and follow until it Ts into the South River Trail. Turn right onto South River Trail and follow another 0.3 mile to the intersection with the fire road again. Bear right onto the fire road to return to the parking area.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, Playground, Shaded Hike, Shelter, and Wildlife Viewing

This trail has a long boardwalk in the middle as well as a number of creek crossings over low bridges. There is some up and down, but nothing to wild for tiny legs.

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I’m Erin, mom of one human child and four furry ones. I’m a dog trainer by trade, though currently a mostly stay at home parent. My son and I are out hiking at LEAST once a week, often more, with one or two of his furry siblings. When not outside hiking or playing, I’m often found training my dogs, reading, doing yoga, or surfing facebook for the most recent cute otter video.


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