Trails in the Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead Area

Here is a list of trails in the Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead area. For more information and a map (where available), click the trail name.

Bear Pen

More Difficult, 1.4mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

Blaze Color: Orange
USGS/USFS Number: 176
A little overgrown with weeds, this trail travels along old roadbeds from FR 74 to the Laurel Gap trail. Crosses staire branch. There's lots of stinging nettle, so be sure to wear long pants on this trail (and others in the area).

Corner Rock

Easy, 1.4mi, Level, Few Obstacles

USGS/USFS Number: 173

Douglas Falls

More Difficult, 2.7mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

Blaze Color: White
USGS/USFS Number: 162
From FR 74, it is an easy, 0.5 mile walk to the spectacular Falls - a great family hike. The trail continues above the falls, to join with the Mountains to Sea Trail, and emerge at the Parkway and the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center. Along the way, you'll pass the Cascades, another high waterfall that's difficult to see in the summer & during low water flow. The trail passes through rich, old-growth forests including enormous hemlocks & northern hardwood species. Shown on the map of Craggy Gardens area.

Elk Pen

Moderate, 1.9mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles

USGS/USFS Number: 166
Created for use in the movie "The Last of the Mohicans" and used in the opening scene. Connects with FR 74 at the Upper Corner Rock trail. Passes through large oaks and poplars.

Laurel Gap

Moderate, 7mi, Few Hills, Few Obstacles

USGS/USFS Number: 184
Intersects four other trails for loop options. Good views both up and down the mountainside. Old roadbed.

Little Andy

Most Difficult, 0.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

Blaze Color: Orange
USGS/USFS Number: 174
Climbs steeply from FR 74 to the Laurel Gap trail.

Perkins

Most Difficult, 1.44mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

Blaze Color: Orange
USGS/USFS Number: 175
Climbs steeply from FR 74 to the Laurel Gap trail & crosses several streams.

Staire Creek

More Difficult, 1.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles

Blaze Color: Orange
USGS/USFS Number: 183
Steep hike mostly on old roadbeds. Follows creek near bottom; ascends to ridge near top. Cliffs & small rock caves along the trail - at one point the rushing water can be heard in stereo as it bounces off a rock face.

Upper Corner Rock Creek

Moderate, 1mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Blaze Color: Orange
USGS/USFS Number: 173
Travels from FR 74 to the end of the Laurel Gap trail. Provides options for loops.

Walker Creek

More Difficult, 1.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough

Blaze Color: Orange
USGS/USFS Number: 165
Ascends steeply on the ridge above the creek to FR 74. Travels through mixed hardwood forests.

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