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Bailey Mountain Preserve Loop (Mars Hill, NC)

Intermediate
 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is a pleasant lollipop-shaped run that covers most of the trails at Bailey Mountain Preserve outside Mars Hill.


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5.1

Miles

8.3

KM

75%

Runnable

3,571' 1,088 m

High

2,417' 737 m

Low

1,461' 445 m

Up

1,459' 445 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Historical Significance

Overview

Trails within the Bailey Mountain Preserve very close to downtown Mars Hill, NC. Mostly narrow singletrack with occasional medium-range views.

Need to Know

A porta-john is located at the parking lot. Water sources not seen along the trails.

Runner Notes

Trail is surprisingly clear of roots and rocks, and consequently can be very muddy/slippery.

Description

Large parking lot at 889 Forest St. with porta-john and kiosk with map and fielding information. Yellow Trail starts uphill through a mown grass section, then enters the woods, where the best view is 1/4-mile from the start. Turn left onto Red Trail. Turn right onto Blue Trail. Turn left onto Yellow Trail for the push to the summit, 3,554 ft. above sea level. On return, get back onto Yellow Trail and take it all the way back to the parking lot.

History & Background

"Bailey Mountain is the highest peak visible from the Town of Mars Hill, and Bailey figures prominently in the history of the Town and Mars Hill University." - from it's Facebook page.

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Chad Randolph

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View from the parking lot
Feb 20, 2022 near Mars Hill, NC

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