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Boone's Cave Park

Description

Boone's Cave Park is a 100-acre site that offers hiking trails through a rolling forest of mixed hardwoods. Due to the topography of the area, the park contains patches of high-elevation plant communities, more reminiscent of the North Carolina mountains than the piedmont. Forty-six acres of the park are designated as a Natural Heritage Site and contain wildflower species normally found only in the Appalachian Mountains. In summer, watch for glimpses of vireos, Black-and-white Warbler, Northern Parula and tanagers as you travel the trails. In winter, check for Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and other woodpecker species. From the parking lot, head out to the overlook above the Yadkin River. A set of 80 steps will take you down to Boone's Cave, an 80-foot long fissure cave that Daniel Boone is rumored to have hidden in. A 1-mile loop trail in the park takes you through floodplain forest, wooded coves and upland dry oak-hickory forest. There is also a 0.5-mile trail through floodplain forest that will leads to the state's prized Cottonwood tree.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Great Crested Flycatcher, Hooded Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Northern Parula, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager

Habitat

oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, floodplain forest, mesic forest, small wetland communities

Access and Parking

The park is open from 8am to 8pm, May - September; 8am to 5:30pm, October - April.

Directions

From I-85 North, take Exit 83 (NC 150).* Travel west on NC 150 for 5 miles and turn left on Boone's Cave Road. Stay on Boone's Cave Road for 3.4 miles to the park. *From I-85 South, take Exit 85 and turn right on Clark Road. Turn left on Old Salisbury Road. Turn right on NC 150 and follow the directions from above.

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