Briar Bottom Trail

At A Glance


0.6 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 0.6
Steepness: Climbs Gently
Tread Condition: Graveled
Blaze Color: Yellow
Trail Number: 1006
Hikes That Use This Trail: Mount Mitchell


This trail circles around the Briar Bottom Group Campground and runs through a partially-surviving hemlock stand beside the South Toe River. Has a mostly gravel surface. Provides access to the Mount Mitchell, Setrock Creek Falls, and River Loop trails from the hiker parking area opposite the campground entrance. The first part of this path, up to the Mount Mitchell trail, shared by the Mountains to Sea Trail as well.

Intersecting Trails

  • River Loop
  • Mountains to Sea Section 3
  • Setrock Creek Falls
  • Mount Mitchell
  • This trail is located in the Black Mountains & Toe River area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Black Mountains & Toe River trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

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    Briar Bottom Rd - Entrance to Trail Split

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 375 ft

    Briar Bottom Rd - Trail Split to Mt. Mitchell Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.15 mi

    Briar Bottom Rd - Mount Mitchell Tr. to Setrock Creek Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.11 mi

    Briar Bottom Rd - Setrock Creek to Group Camp

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.13 mi

    Briar Bottom - Group Camp Trail W

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.15 mi

    Briar Bottom - Group Camp Trail E

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.36 mi

    Briar Bottom - Split to Mt. Mitchell Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.16 mi

    Briar Bottom - Mt. Mitchell to Setrock Creek Tr

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.11 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 1.25 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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