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$10 of each entry fee is going to the Sauratown Trails Association to raise money for trail maintenance and preservation (and maybe some bridges!)
Start time is 6:00 AM(Check-in is 5:00-5:30 AM at start or Friday night at camp), there is a 13 hour time limit (Cut-off time at Brim's Grove (42 miles) is 5:00 PM)Where: Start/Finish at Surry Line Parking Area along Pinnacle Hotel Draw Road just west of Pinnacle, NC reached via the Pinnacle exit off of Route 52.
Entry Fee: $25 postmarked by May 2nd, $35 thereafter. This includes a shirt. Limit of 30 runners.
Lodging: Contact me if you are interested in camping out the night before. We will be camping out either at the Jomeokee Campground or Pilot Mountain State Park for $4-12 per person depending on whether you want to share a campsite. Wherever we camp, we'll be offering a free informal pre-run pasta dinner for all runners. Click here for other lodging options. The Econolodge (336-983-5600) in King, NC (~7 miles south on 52) says it will give a $10 discount for runners staying there. You may want to call ahead to make sure.
Aid Stations: 10 stations with water, gatorade, soda, potatoes, salt, pretzels, bananas, cookies etc.; drop bags can be taken to the 22 and 28 mile station at Tory's Den. Longest distance between aid is 6 miles.
00.00--Start at Surry Line Parking Area (4.2 to Aid #1)
00.30--Turn-around on Culler Rd.
00.60--Cross Pinnacle Hotel Rd. begin Grassy Ridge Tr.
04.20--Aid Station #1 at Coon Road (4.0 to Aid #2)
08.24--Aid Station #2 at Brims Grove (5.6 to Aid #3)
13.84--Aid Station #3 at Thore Road (4.5 to Aid #4)
18.29--Aid Station #4 at Rt. 66 (4.1 to Aid #5)
22.34--Aid Station #5 at Tory's Den (6.0 to Aid #6)
28.30--Aid Station #6 at Tory's Den (4.1 to Aid #7)
32.35--Aid Station #7 at Rt. 66 (4.5 to Aid #8)
36.80--Aid Station #8 at Thore Road (5.6 to Aid #9)
42.40--Aid Station #9 at Brims Grove (4.0 to Aid #10)
46.40--Aid Station #10 at Coon Road (3.6 to finish)
50.00--Finish at Surry Line Parking Area
Course: An out and back along the Sauratown Trails starting/finishing at the base of Pilot Mountain with a 6 mile turn-around loop in Hanging Rock State Park. The course is something like 90% trail and 10% dirt/gravel/paved road with about twenty low traffic paved road crossings. Some portions of this trail are as rugged as Uwharrie. There is a total of about 6800' elevation gain. The course climbs and descends rugged ridges, winds in and out of pine and deciduous forests, passes old tobacco barns, skirts open fields with views, and has a few wet creek crossings as well. Something for everyone!
The course follows the Sauratown Trails 100% of the way. The trails are marked well with small white plastic disks nailed to trees, only tricky intersections and turns will be flagged with orange streamers and surveyor flags. Stay alert! Also please take into consideration that the trail is mostly on private land; in some places this is all too obvious, in others it's not.
About the Sauratown Trails: (From the STA web site) The Sauratown Trails offer varying degrees of horseback riding and hiking challenges, in a beautiful, mostly wooded setting. You can see everything from spectacular views overlooking the valley to waterfalls and hidden lakes displaying their pristine beauty. Streams are lined with Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel that show off their delicate pink and white flowers in the spring. Another section of trail might have a quiet pine needle floor with the scent of pine permeating the air.
Two state parks reside at each end of the trail. Pilot Mountain State Park is on the west side of the trail and Hanging Rock State Park is at the eastern most end of the trail. The Sauratown Trail connects the Yadkin River Island and Corridor trails in Pilot Mtn. State Park with the Sauratown Loop trail in Hanging Rock State Park. The total trail distance is 21.7 miles. There are 5 parking areas at different points along the trail. The main parking area is located on Rock House Road. It has plenty of room for truck and horse trailer parking, a covered picnic shelter and a primitive rest room facility.
The Sauratown Trails are open year round to all horseback riders and hikers. You don't have to be a STA member to use the trails. For your safety, the trails are closed only during deer hunting season and after a hard rain when the trails are muddy.
The trails are marked with white, round disks that are attached to trees along the way.