100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina
by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)
© Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
If you love to scramble over scree, climb up slick rock faces, jump over giant trees, crawl under even larger ones and constantly watch your footing on rocks and roots than this is the "trail" for you. The point of the " " is that sometimes you'll find yourself wondering "what trail?" If you're into adventures, beautiful river scenes, hollowed trees, and don't mind getting dirty than this probably the most technical trail that’s accessible to most of the triangle.
Warning: I found this trail on a list of hikes to do with dogs but I would seriously advise against it. First there were quite a few snakes (which I really don’t mind but my Border Collie did). I also ended up lifting, carrying, or helping my 45 pound dog multiple times when he couldn’t make it up a few steep climbs and he’s a good climber. If you do take your dog along be prepared to help him get over some difficult spots.
Overall I will definitely try it again sans dog and with better shoes than my vibram 5 fingers. Happy trails!
Hiked this "trail" on Memorial Day. Although the river is very beautiful, the trail is in very poor shape especially past the first creek crossing. I believe we made it just past Pokeberry Creek? where we were turned back by a very large and hissing snake, turns out it was most likely the non-venemous eastern hog-nose snake (puff adder). But at this point the trail was truly non-existent and we had had enough. May go back in the winter and try again when the snakes are dormant! ;-)
Sign in/up to upload photos.
Keep Me Informed
Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from Trails.com to your inbox.
We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.