16 Nov Parson’s Mountain Trails (Sumter National Forest)
LENGTH: 4 mile loop
SURFACE: Natural, mostly clay
FEES: Daily parking fee
PETS PERMITTED: Yes
RESTROOMS: At bath house and campground
Home to an 800-foot summit, Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area o ers a moderately di cult loop around Parson’s Mountain Lake. The four-mile loop includes woods overflowing with fl ora such as sparkleberry, redbud, wild ginger, and dogwood. Visitors wanting a tougher hike can take a branch of the trail passing by Civil War-era gold mines on the way to the summit.