- There may be construction traffic crossing Section 7 during week days. Heavy machinery may also be operating near the trail.
- Just a few reminders... - Please do not bring dogs on the trail with you. Your dogs can go over to the neighbors and pick fights with their dogs . This creates ill feelings with the landowners who then may decide they don't want the trail on their land anymore. Please remember the Sauratown Trail crosses private property and we need to respect the landowner wishes in order to keep the trail open. Thanks!
- If there are any groups that want to plan an organized ride or hike please meet with STA members at least 60 days ahead of the date to discuss requirements.
April 23, 2013 - Sections 2 & 3 (between Mickey Road and NC-66) are permanently closed to all users.
A road detour is available for thru-hikers, but it is not appropriate for equestrians. The detour involves NC-66, which is a very curvy road with fast traffic and little road shoulder.
STA is working to establish a new trail route for this area, and help will eventually be needed with trail construction. If you are interested in helping work on the trail, please contact us about being placed on our trail work email list. STA is sorry for any inconvenience this may cause trail users.
April 23, 2013 - Hiker Detour for Sections 2 & 3
March 6, 2013 - A portion of Sauratown Trail Section 9 (Flat Rock Road to Macay Road) has been re-routed away from a developing sinkhole. Most of the work has been done to this area on our last workday May 30th and all the small tree stumps have been removed. This area of concern is closer to Macay Rd than Flat Rock Rd.
April 4, 2013 - Sauratown Trail Section 11 (Brim's Grove to Old Mill Road) was rerouted in one spot for roughly 20 yards to avoid sinking, wet ground. The new route is clear, marked and open. More work needs to be done to polish off the reroute, but it is obvious and passable.
April 11, 2013 - All downed trees on Section 6 have been cleared and part of the trail near the creek was moved away from the creek and re-marked. (The creek was undercutting the bank and holes were developing)
- Also, at the very end of Section 1 before you cross Mickey Road to go to the Booth Loop, there is a bridge that needs replacing. It's probably good for hikers but questionable for horses, so if you are riding it's probably best to avoid this section. The work to replace the bridge will be scheduled soon. Thank you for your patience.
Feb. 8, 2013 - Sauratown Trail Section 10 was rerouted near Mazie's Lane off Old Mill Rd. at the land owner's request. The new route needs additional marking and chainsaw clearing before it will be easy to follow. Frequent trail users may already be familiar with the route.
- If going east, toward Hanging Rock from Old Mill Road, turn left onto Mazie's Lane.
- Follow the gravel Mazie's Lane along the pasture fence.
- Pass the old trail turn at the fence corner and keep following the road.
- Pass a private driveway, house and a pair of dog houses.
- Left fork near the end of Mazie's Lane. (A sign post will be placed here.)
- Left fork at the bear statue, and go down a primitive road.
- [If going to Mountain Trail Stables, keep following this road.]
- Right fork off road bed onto trail.
- Join the old trail and turn right.
- Continue as usual on the remainder of Section 10.
Jan. 2013 - There continues to be a trail detour in effect on Section 15 near Pilot Mountain State Park. As you leave the park heading east towards Sauratown Mtn, you need to stay on the roads until you reach the Old Winston/Coon Rd parking lot. Leave Pilot Mtn Park, stay on Pilot Knob Park Road and turn left when you reach Old Winston Road. Continue down Old Winston Rd. until you reach the gravel parking lot with the railroad tracks at the back of the lot near the woods. It's about 2 miles from the State Park to the parking lot.