Visit a homesite and huge trees on this loop. Follow Rough Fork in old-growth northern red oak, climbing up and over Big Fork Ridge to Caldwell Fork, a gorgeous stream. Pass the “Big Poplars,” massive tulip trees. Complete the circuit with a second climb of Big Fork Ridge.
Because this watery loop requires no wet fords, winter is a great time to enjoy it. That’s when the large forest trees really stand out. During the warm season, anglers can fish and hikers can take a dip in the creek. The big trees display their colors in autumn. Two backcountry campsites make for a good one-night starter loop or an extended backpack fishing foray.
Maggie Valley, NC - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 9.1 miles