Mountains-to-Sea Trail — Folk Art Center to Craven Gap

Riceville, North Carolina 28804

Mountains-to-Sea Trail — Folk Art Center to Craven Gap

Mountains-to-Sea Trail — Folk Art Center to Craven Gap Professional Review and Guide

"With all the great hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway, why include a section within sight of rapidly growing Asheville? Because sometimes the après hike is equally important. You’ll notice several spur trails during the first mile or so. Most are short and the occasional diversion is inevitable.

Indulge. Then return and continue north through a mature hardwood forest of poplar, oak, and hickory. After 1.25 miles, the trail crosses the Parkway and climbs into a more alpine environment, with rock outcrops, pines, summer-fragrant galax, and mountain laurel. Look down the mountain to your west and you’ll notice Asheville’s advance in the form of tract housing filling the valley."

Mountains-to-Sea Trail — Folk Art Center to Craven Gap Reviews

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7/22/2018
Orient east before heading out from folk art center. We walked west by mistake just following the trail. Heading back east there''s good birding, warblers, thrush etc gently rolling up and down first mile or so, then you walk under BlueRidge Parkway and come out on bridge over Swannanoa river where trail markers disappeared. Go through tunnel under I-40 and find trail marker to your right where ascent begins. Too bad this trail is so noisy because it''s pretty through the woods and like I said, good birding even midday. That was disappointing, though traffic sounds faded as we climbed. But we turned back 1.5 miles from top. We are rusty hikers and 60+, but it was good workout while not too strenuous. Only did 4 mi. there and back. Saw fresh bear scat on way back but not bear. The Folk Art Center on return was a welcome respite.
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Trail Information

Riceville
Nearby City
5.4
Distance
1,054 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Best in Fall
Season
USGS Oteen, Craggy Pinnacle
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Activity Feed

Aug 2018