Poundingmill Trail #349

1.5 mi - Moderate - Poundingmill is a lightly used trail which connects the South Mills River and Squirrel Gap trails (#133 and #147, respectively). It is a moderate climb as the trail follows Poundingmill Branch almost the entire way. There are some stream crossings, though they are fairly shallow. The trail passes through several rhododendron thickets and young hardwood forests. After 0.4 miles, you will cross an old grass road, but the trail continues straight ahead. You will notice some forests with thick grass growing in the understory. In early summer, the observant will see Yellow Lady's Slippers alongside the trail. You may also notice signs of deer. The trail ends on the Squirrel Gap Trail (#147) in a shallow gap on the shoulder of Poundingstone Mountain. Check your map for a variety of loop opportunities in this area.

Approximate Elevation Change: 600 feet
Blaze: Orange

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Hiking Trail: foot traffic only.
Water: yes
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Follow the South Mills River Trail (133) approximately 2.5 miles to Poundingmill Branch, where the trail begins.


Day Hiking