Blue Valley

Highlands, North Carolina

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This 14-mile out-and-back trail (7 miles one way) is located about 5 miles south of Highlands. As you descend the hard-packed gravel surface to the turn-around at Abes Creek, you will pass several wildlife openings, newly logged areas, and views of Blue Valley. The trail is fairly tough physically as you climb back from Abes Creek to the trailhead. The only technical challenge is loose gravel in places. If you ride mostly flat trails, this is a great introduction to riding mountainous terrain. There are many roadside campsites and picnic areas along the trail, and it's located only 5 miles from beautiful Highlands, NC. Scenery includes lush rhododendron, hardwood forest, waterfalls, and granite domes give this ride its charm.

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"This 14-mile out-and-back trail (7 miles one way) is located about 5 miles south of Highlands. As you descend the hard-packed gravel surface to the turn-around at Abes Creek, you will pass several wildlife openings, newly logged areas, and views of Blue Valley. The trail is fairly tough physically as you climb back from Abes Creek to the trailhead. The only technical challenge is loose gravel in places.

If you ride mostly flat trails, this is a great introduction to riding mountainous terrain. There are many roadside campsites and picnic areas along the trail, and it's located only 5 miles from beautiful Highlands, NC. Scenery includes lush rhododendron, hardwood forest, waterfalls, and granite domes give this ride its charm."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Highlands
Distance: 14
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Fall and winter are best.
Local Contacts: Highlands Ranger District, 828-526-3765.
Local Maps: Nantahala National Forest map. USGS: Highlands and Scaly.
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Valley

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May 2018