Bad Fork Trail
At A Glance
2 mi one-way
Difficulty Rating: 2
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Blaze Color: Orange
Trail Number: 323
Climbing from Wash Creek Road uphill, the trail follows the ever-diminishing namesake stream along an old road bed, crossing it after a short distance. The forest is a typical cove hardwood variety with plenty of rhododendron and both healthy and dead/dying hemlock. Several tributary streams flow under the trail from side coves. About 3/4 of the way up the cove, the trail swings right, leaves the road bed, and goes straight up the ridge through an oak-dominated forest on a series of log steps, and then on a haphazard path up to a flatter area where it picks up another old road bed. It follows this a short distance farther, through drier woods where some shortleaf pines grow, to the terminus at the Bent Creek Gap Forest Service access road and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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