Harper Creek Trail

Harper Creek WIlderness Study Area, North Carolina

Distance6.0mi
Elevation Gain4,095ft
Trailhead Elevation1,465ft
Top2,507ft
Elevation Min/Max1465/2507ft
Elevation Start/End1465/1465ft

Harper Creek Trail

Harper Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Avery County and Caldwell County, North Carolina. It is within Harper Creek WIlderness Study Area. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 1,465 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,095 feet. The Harper Creek Trailhead Parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Raider Camp Creek Trail, Yellow Buck Mountain Trail and North Harper Creek Trail.

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Best Dog Hikes North Carolina (Falcon Guides)
Melissa Watson
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"The Harper Creek Trail begins with a steep and strenuous climb, but then flattens out to a leisurely stroll through the Pisgah National Forest. You’ll navigate a few forks before arriving at an overlook of the magnificent Harper Creek Falls. Massive cliffs loom above the falls, adding to the scenery. On your way to the falls, the dogs can run and play and get some energy out in a large primitive camping area near the creek. But when you reach the falls overlook, keep them leashed up."
Hiking North Carolina (Falcon Guides)
Randy Johnson
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"This network of streamside trails include spectacular short walks and wild circuits that are among the best waterfall hikes in western North Carolina."

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5/27/2011
Great make your own trail hike. With so many combinations you can go as short or as far as you want. The trails are easy to find, but they were blazed a different color than the visitor center told us so we had to double back at one point. Could use a little better signage. Looked like they had plenty of great campsites too for backpacking.
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7/6/2003

The trails are relativley keep in good condition with almost unlimited trail routes with diffrent milage and difficulty. Nice One to Three day hikes.
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Trail Information

Harper Creek WIlderness Study Area
Nearby City
Harper Creek WIlderness Study Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Waterfalls
Features
Pisgah National Forest, Grandfather Ranger District; (828) 652-2144; www.fs.fed.us
Local Contacts
DeLorme: North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer, page 33, B6. National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map #779 Linville Gorge & Mount Mitchell, I13, Trail #260
Local Maps

Trail Log