Mills River Loop

Asheville, North Carolina 28810

Mills River Loop

Mills River Loop Professional Review and Guide

"If you are looking to stretch your legs on a long hike, but at the same time are worried about Western North Carolina’s challenging terrain, then this is a great loop to build up your confidence and mileage. You will begin the hike gradually on a singletrack trail along Trace Ridge Trail. Just before reaching the Blue Ridge Parkway, the route descends southeast to meet with Spencer Branch. Past Spencer Branch you will turn left on a forest service road and follow the wide dirt path east. The forest service road travels between towering pine and poplar trees and provides an easy stretch of hiking back to the parking lot and trailhead."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
2,439 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,481 feet
Top Elevation
Fires Creek Wildlife Management Area
Local Contacts
USGS: Dunsmore Mountain
Local Maps

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Aug 2018