Cold Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Shining Rock Wilderness. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 4,997 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,223 feet. The trail ends near Cold Mountain (elevation 5,968 feet).
Cold Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"When Charles Frazier’s Civil War novel, Cold Mountain, came out in 1997 and subsequently sold more than 3,000,000 copies, the wooded 6,000-foot mountain that casts its shadow just northwest of Asheville became known around the world. Th e out-and-back hike to the top of Cold Mountain starts just south of Camp Daniel Boone and climbs steadily uphill for 5 miles to the summit. Th ere are sparse but spectacular views from the summit and a beautiful mixed hardwood forest leading to the peak."
--Jennifer Pharr Davis, Five-Star Trails: Asheville (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Cold Mountain—the legendary namesake of the fictional novel and Hollywood movie—is a real place. It is one of the highest peaks in the eastern United States and juts majestically out of the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of the Pisgah National Forest. Cold Mountain is not your typical tourist attraction.
The 6030-foot summit is accessible only by foot by way of several trails, the “easiest” of which is the nearly 11-mile round-trip hike described here. Forest rangers say that even though interest in the hike has increased, many who attempt the feat are not properly prepared and turn back halfway, discouraged by its difficulty. If you and your dog are experienced and in-shape hikers, this is a trail worth seeing to the end."
--Karen Chavez, Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books).
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