George Poston Park Trail System

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Trail Distance: 10 miles
Time Estimate: 4 hr 10 min +
Elevation Gain: 350 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Limited
Description

When you go hiking on the George Poston Park Trail System with your pooch, you can expect a workout. This packed dirt, single-track bike pathway is a stacked loop that takes you through the 344-acre property. You'll get lots of hill work with an undulating series of climbs and descents. The route will take you along two feeder creeks, over bridges, and through the woods. 

There's a parking lot near the lake where you can access the trail. You'll find a map of the loop system here. Start by heading around the lake. There are hills along the banks and a few bridges over the feeder creeks where you'll be able to get some pawesome views of the water. From here, the route connects to the Laurel Loop, which offers some hill climbs, a laurel ridge, and a waterfall. After going through laurel forest, you'll enter a loop that features big leaf magnolias, lots of hills, and more bridges. The fourth leg or your trek is more level and lets you get a breather before getting to Spencer Mountain Loop. This part of the course involves a rocky climb and descent with ledges. 

Park rules allow you to bring your fur-baby if they're on a leash. There's a porta-potty at the parking lot by the lake and some restrooms near the athletic fields. Carry waste collection bags and water with you on your hike.

With a stacked loop setup, the George Poston Park Trail System offers you a challenging course with some scenic areas. See the beauty of nature as you hike along the lake, cross creeks in the woods, and hike through laurel and magnolia groves. You'll find some climbs with twists and turns along the way. If you're not ready to tackle the full route, you can take a few loops and come back for more on another day.

Trail Features
Diverse Landscape, Rocky, Lake
Waterfall, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This trail is a mountain bike trail that allows hikers. Move to the side of the trail when they approach you.
Address
1101 Lowell Spencer Mountain Rd
Gastonia, NC 28056
Hours
Mon 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Address
1101 Lowell Spencer Mountain Rd
Gastonia, NC 28056
Hours
Mon 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM