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Droop Mountain Lookout TowerDroop Mountain Battlefield - Park Trail Descriptions

Big Spring Trail

The trail begins at the west overlook and ends at a mountain spring. This is a dead-end trail down the mountain side which offers pure spring water and a strenuous climb back.
Length: 1/3 mile with very steep grades.
Travel time: 20-30 minutes.

Cranberry Bogs Trail

Hikers can start at the park office and end at the south picnic area. This is the most popular trail in the park, winding through a mountain bog where interesting plants, tall pines, and wildlife can be seen. This trail is suitable for cross-country skiing in the winter.
Length: 1/2 mile mostly level, easy walking
Travel: 30-45 minutes

Horse Heaven Trail

This trail starts at the pump house near the cannon and ends at the south picnic area. The trail follows a series of small cliffs and gives access to Horse Heaven Rock, where horses killed in the battle of Droop Mountain were disposed of.
Length: 1/4 mile with a moderate grade.
Travel Time: 15-20 minutes

Minie Ball Trail

This is the most rigorous park trail, located in a ravine where Union soldiers climbed the mountain to attack the Confederates waiting above. The trail begins at the first sharp curve in the road near the office and ends at the tower.
Length: 1/2 mile with very long, steep grades.
Travel: 30-45 minutes

Musket Trail

Originating near the park office this trail follows a steep hillside. Stumps of American Chestnut trees alive during the time of the battle remain. The trail ends at the lookout tower.
Length: 1/2 mile with a moderate grade.
Travel: 20-30 minutes

Old Soldier Trail

This easy trail follows an old road grade which passes near the spot where Major Robert Augustus Bailey was shot while trying to rally his men around the Confederate Flag. The trail begins near the battlefield monuments and ends at the stone shed near the tower. It is an excellent cross country ski trail in the winter.
Length: 2/3 mile trail is level throughout and easy walking
Travel: 45-60 minutes

Overlook Trail

The trail begins at the pump house near the cannon and ends at the park office. The trail follows a series of rock cliffs. Following the cliffs visitors can observe several small caves, an old bear den, a scenic overlook and Civil War trenches.
Length: 1/2 mile with moderate grade
Travel: 20-30 minutes

Tower Trail

This trail begins at the park office and ends at the stone shed near the lookout tower. This is the shortest route from park office to the lookout tower.
Length: 1/2 mile, level to moderate grades
Travel: 10-15 minutes.

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