Clear Creek Trail | South Mountains State Park: The two-mile-long Clear Creek Trail is the only trail on the western side of the park at present. This “out and back” trail starts at the Clear Creek Dam and ascends into the Clear Creek Watershed for a quiet, reflective retreat into nature. The Clear Creek Access area is open from sunrise to sunset.
Highlights along the trail include access to the 22 acre Clear Creek Lake. This hike is considered strenuous, so although it relatively short, it should be considered fairly difficult in nature due to the remote nature of the hike and the challenging conditions found on the trail.
Directions From Morganton: Head Southwest on E Concord St toward S Green St. Turn left onto Burkemont Ave and follow Burkemont for around 9 miles to the Clear Creek Access Area at South Mountains State Park.