Wilson Creek — Thorps Creek Trail

Collettsville, North Carolina

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Yet Wilson Creek, despite being part of the enormously popular Pisgah National Forest, has remained a sleepy escape familiar to a small but enthusiastic minority. Camping here tended to be under a blue tarp thrown up at a roadside pullout. A fancy mountain retreat meant your trailer sat under a tin-roof cover. But that’s about to change. Caldwell County, facing a decline in manufacturing jobs, is looking to diversify the local economy. Part of that plan is to promote the long-overlooked attributes of Wilson Creek. Wood stairways now take you down to a river once accessible only by scramble, there are now toilets in permanent buildings with doors that lock, and the Mortimer campground has showers—individual showers. There’s even a spiffy visitor center.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

Yet Wilson Creek, despite being part of the enormously popular Pisgah National Forest, has remained a sleepy escape familiar to a small but enthusiastic minority. Camping here tended to be under a blue tarp thrown up at a roadside pullout. A fancy mountain retreat meant your trailer sat under a tin-roof cover. But that’s about to change.

Caldwell County, facing a decline in manufacturing jobs, is looking to diversify the local economy. Part of that plan is to promote the long-overlooked attributes of Wilson Creek. Wood stairways now take you down to a river once accessible only by scramble, there are now toilets in permanent buildings with doors that lock, and the Mortimer campground has showers—individual showers. There’s even a spiffy visitor center.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Collettsville
Distance: 5.5
Elevation Gain: 1,234 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 to 4 hours
Season: Best in Summer
Local Maps: USFS Wilson Creek Area Trail Map; USGS Chestnut Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Wilson Creek — Thorps Creek Trail

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