Pounding Mill Trail

At A Glance

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6.4 mi one-way

Steepness: Level
Tread Condition: Few Obstacles
Trail Number: 297

This trail is located in the French Broad Ranger District area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the French Broad Ranger District trails list page.

Description

I have only hiked the portion from Hickey Fork trail to the top at Camp Creek Bald. This portion is used as a 4-wheeler trail, so it's double-tracked. It's moderately steep in places and rocky throughout. Travels along some dry ridge slopes, ridge tops, and finally above 4000' into some high-elevation coves. The trail switches back and becomes level near the top, meandering through the dense woods, which are orchard-like in places. It is heavily overgrown with grasses and blackberry vines in places. Another steep climb brings you to the intersection with the Appalachian Trail, and beyond that a moderate climb brings you to the top of Camp Creek Bald, 4844', and its conglomeration of radio towers. A small clump of spruce trees grows beside an old fire tower at the true summit, although the observation platform is closed. You can climb to the first landing on the staircase for a better view.

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