Hiking the Gold Hill Rail Trail



Powder House

The hiking trail takes in sites including the Powder House, Gold Hill Pond, Gold Hill Jail and Primitive Chilean Ore Mill. If cycling is your thing, bring along your mountain bike.

If you are looking for an interesting, educational and just plain fun day trip that you and the whole family will enjoy, take a look into visiting Gold Hill North Carolina and exploring the historic Gold Hill Rail Trail! Developed in partnership with Land Trust for Central North Carolina and the Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation, Inc., the rail trail winds through Gold Hill Mines Historic Park in Rowan County and extends into Cabarrus County.The trail coupled with the park greenways and old mining roads is an easy three mile path that winds through untouched forest and remarkable artifacts left over from the days when Gold Hill was the premier mining town in North Carolina.

The trail is mixed terrain; part is a well laid gravel path and other areas are worn dirt paths. It is well suited for walking, running and cycling (dogs are welcome on the path too) but a wheelchair or stroller may have difficulties navigating in ‘some’ areas of the unpaved trail. The trail can take as short or as long as you want it to, as it is an easy walk with many remarkable reminders of the mining ventures that once took place here.

Carolina Thread Trail – Weaving Communities Together
We are thrilled to be a part of the Carolina Thread Trail and are in the process of getting directional signage on the trail to ensure a leisurely hike. Bear with us.. We should have trail markers in place soon. Map

Download the PDF version of the Map here: Trail Hike Map Booklet

A Guide Booklet is available at E.H. Montgomery General Store with lots of historical information about the town and some good ole’ southern hospitality. From there you can grab a bite to eat, tour the town and even do a bit of shopping. Gold Hill truly is one of North Carolina’s gems, preserved in all its glory for you to come visit!

See more info:
Land Trust for Central North Carolina
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) Website
North Carolina Rail Trails Website