Eagle Rock in the Hickory Nut Gorge area is along the new 8.6-mile Weed Patch Mountain Trail. The new trail connects with the Buffalo Creek Trails in Lake Lure, making it a one-way 10-mile bike or hike adventure. You'll gain almost 3,000 feet in elevation, so it's a strenuous hike.
Eagle Rock is located just inside the Chimney Rock State Park at 3,400 foot elevation. From the summit, look north toward Mt. Mitchell and Grandfather Mountain. On a clear day, you can look east all the way to downtown Charlotte. It's more than 2,000 feet in elevation above Lake Lure below.
Thanks to Peter Barr and Conserving Carolina for building this trail. It's a rare trail that opens backcountry adventures for hikers, mountain bikers and rock climbers. Weed Patch Trail traverses rugged mountain terrain through a remote wilderness area. Along the way, find rock outcrops with long range views, pristine mountain streams and an old growth forest.
The trail creates the first access to Eagle Rock. A spur trail takes rock climbers below the rock face.
Park at Buffalo Creek Park in Lake Lure. Hike the Buffalo Creek Loop Trail to get to Weed Patch Mountain Trail. Address: 2191 Buffalo Creek Rd, Lake Lure, NC 28746
Note: Conserving Carolina and Chimney Rock State Park are working together to achieve permanent public access and a sufficient parking lot near Eagle Rock for a much easier half mile access. A small parking area will open in summer 2018, accessed via an online reservation system. This will allow for one way walks and biking down.