Laurel River

Hot Springs, North Carolina

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For dogs who love the woods and love the water, this trail is as good as it gets. Laurel River is also one of the flattest trails to be found in the mountain region of North Carolina, making the 7-mile out and back seem like a cakewalk
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

For dogs who love the woods and love the water, this trail is as good as it gets. Laurel River is also one of the flattest trails to be found in the mountain region of North Carolina, making the 7-mile out and back seem like a cakewalk

© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hot Springs
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 220 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Appalachian Ranger District, Pigsah National Forest (828) 622-3202
Local Maps: USGS Hot Springs: US Forest Service Harmon Den and Hot Springs Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Laurel River

Recent Trail Reviews

7/9/2010
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For hiking, I would consider this an easy trail, suitable for all ages and abilities. The quoted 200 foot elevation change is all but unnoticeable. The scenery along the river (creek) is superb and there are a number of neat spots to access the river and swim, either in the rapids or a few deeper swim holes. The weeds get a little high around Runion, and we never saw more than the saw mill remains, but it's an interesting story nonetheless. Once you reach the RR tracks (hardly a steep incline, as described), the path to the French Broad, and the riverside itself is anticlimactic, but I wasn't going to walk 3.5 miles without reaching the end. As for the first three miles, pack a lunch, swim suit and some water shoes, and you'll be set!



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