Big Ivy Road

Buncombe County, North Carolina

Elevation Gain3,575ft
Trailhead Elevation4,367ft
Elevation Min/Max2578/4369ft
Elevation Start/End4367/4367ft

Big Ivy Road

Big Ivy Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is 8.8 miles long and begins at 4,367 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 17.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,575 feet. The Douglas Falls Trailhead Parking Area parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Elk Pen Trail, Douglas Falls Trail, Laurel Gap Trail, Little Andy Creek Trail, Lower Staire and Upper Corner Rock Creek Trail.

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Birding North Carolina (Falcon Guides)
Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns
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"Big Ivy refers to a kidney-shaped region in the Craggy Gardens that forms the headwaters of the Ivy River. This is a dense, cove-hardwood forest with a well developed herbaceous layer, myriad wildflowers in spring, fast-flowing streams, numerous waterfalls, and areas of old-growth forest. Elevation ranges from 2,200 feet to over 5,000 feet. Higher-elevation areas include sections in the spruce fir zone. Habitats: Rich cove forest, hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, areas of old growth with an extensive herbaceous layer, mountain streams. Key birds: Summer: Veery; Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Blackburnian, and Canada Warbler; Scarlet Tanager; Indigo Bunting; Rose-breasted Grosbeak; Red Crossbill. Year-round: Common Raven; Ruffed Grouse; Winter Wren; Red-breasted Nuthatch; Brown Creeper."

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Buncombe County
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Pisgah National Forest
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