Jerry Miller Trail

At A Glance

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4.5 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 4.5
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Yellow
Trail Number: 286


Formerly known as the Whiteoak Flats trail. The trail leaves FS 111 from parking on the road’s left side. The trail is especially scenic in late spring when the rhododendron and mountain laurel are in bloom.

Crossing Big Creek and climbing a narrow ridge, the trail gradually drops to an old logging road along Whiteoak Flats branch. The trail runs into the Whiteoak Flats wildlife opening. The trail then follows the old road for three miles and becomes a foot trail that climbs through heavy brush. The trail then connects with the Appalachian Trail at Bear Wallow Gap. This last section of trail is not well marked or worn from use. No markers or directional signs are located at the Appalachian Trail intersection.

The official Forest Service literature on this one says "While on the trail you will be able to view a 100 foot high waterfall". I've never seen the falls myself, and I've seen several references that seem to indicate that it just doesn't exist. ~~In fact, I'm thinking this might be confused with a Whiteoak Flats Branch Falls in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A mystery for another hike, I suppose.~~

Edit November 2014: the waterfall definitely exists, it's just not 100 feet high. More like 100 feet long. It's nice when there's good water flow, but it's nothing to get too excited about.

Intersecting Trails

  • Appalachian Trail - NC 208 to NC 212
  • This trail is located in the Shelton Laurel Backcountry & Camp Creek Bald area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Shelton Laurel Backcountry & Camp Creek Bald trails list page.

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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:

    Jerry Miller - Big Creek Rd. to Hickey Fork Rd.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.73 mi

    Jerry Miller - Hickey Fork to Upper Hickey Fork Rd

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.19 mi

    Jerry Miller - along Upper Hickey Fork Rd

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.29 mi

    Jerry Miller - Upper Hickey Fork to AT

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.42 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 4.62 mi

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