Buncombe Horse Range Trail

At A Glance

Most Difficult

16.5 mi one-way

Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Blue
Trail Number: 191

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.

This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:

Hikes That Use This Trail: Mount Mitchell

Description

This is the third-longest trail in the Appalachian District, after the Appalachian Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail. The trail runs through stands of red spruce and Fraser fir, with views of 6,000 foot peaks. Camping is possible near Commissary Hill and Maple Camp Bald. Note that the trail switchbacks heavily below Maple Camp Bald and pay close attention to the trail signs and blazes because the trail crosses open fields and many intersections.

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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Mountains to Sea Trail at NC 128 to Camp Alice

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding
  • Length: 3.27 mi

Camp Alice to Commissary Campsite & Mount Mitchell Trail

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding
  • Length: 0.54 mi

Commissary Campsite to Mountains to Sea and Mount Mitchell Trail

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding
  • Length: 320 ft

Mountains to Sea and Mount Mitchell Trail to Maple Camp Bald

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding
  • Length: 8.54 mi

FS 472 to Mountains to Sea Trail at NC 128

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding
  • Length: 4.58 mi

Total Calculated Length: 16.98 mi

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

Intersecting Trails

  • Mountains to Sea Section 3
  • Mount Mitchell
  • Big Tom Gap
  • Commissary
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