Haywood Gap Trail
At A Glance
5.8 mi one-way
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Very Rough
Blaze Color: None
Trail Number: 142
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Starting at FR 97, Haywood Gap Trail climbs alongside the Middle Prong of the West Fork of the Pigeon River all the way up to the Mountains to Sea Trail about 75 yards from where it crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway at Haywood Gap. Parts of the trail follows old logging road or railroad beds; parts are purpose-built path.
The upper end of the trail is steep in places, with several tricky areas to negotiate. Although most of the tread is in great condition, a few places are definitely not, warranting the Very Rough rating. A crossing of Haywood Gap Stream may be impossible in high water, or at least a wade (at most times it should be an easy rock-hop, however). There are relics from the logging era, including rusting steel cables and some old puncheon bridge sections that have almost completely collapsed but are still quite visible. The trail travels from a cove hardwood forest, to a high-elevation hardwood forest and a few Red Spruces & Fraser Firs gradually mix in as you go up.
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