Nine Times Preserve

Hike Date: December 25, 2012

Hike Duration: 2 Hours 2 Minutes

Hike Length: 3.3 Miles

Hike Type: Out and Back

Starting Point: Lat 34 56' 55" Lon 82 47' 32"

Ending Point: Lat 34 56' 55" Lon 82 47' 32"

My Ranking 1 to 10 is 4.

Krista's Ranking 1 to 10 is 5.

Krista and I went on a hike to the Nine Time Preserve. We went on Christmas day. It was a dreary grey afternoon and had just recently rained. We parked at the nice gravel lot at the corner of Nine Times Road and Preston McDaniel Road. The trailhead is nicely marked and has some informative information. The trail starts on a steep logging road that goes straight up the side of Cedar Rock Mountain. It is fairly open and as a result there are many briars along the road. Blue flags mark the trail and no markings were seen on the trees until you get to a turn off. There are orange arrows nailed to a tree where the trail leaves the logging road. There is also a kiosk with a map. The trail is nicely done and no severe elevation changes. The trees are mostly small and rotting stumps remain from the last time the land was logged. There was one area with some good sized boulders. Since it was winter when we hiked, the leaves are off the trees and it was fairly easy to see Big Rock Mountain. We crossed a couple of small streams and rocks have been placed to keep your feet dry when crossing. This was a nice short little afternoon hike, but nothing special.