Wilson Creek — Thorps Creek Trail

Collettsville, North Carolina 28611

Wilson Creek — Thorps Creek Trail

Wilson Creek — Thorps Creek Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,234 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 to 4 hours
Best in Summer
USFS Wilson Creek Area Trail Map; USGS Chestnut Mountain
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