Trails in the Wilson Creek Area Trailhead Area

Here is a list of all trails in the Wilson Creek Area Trailhead area.

Each trail has its own printable page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

For general information about the Wilson Creek Area trailhead, see the Wilson Creek Area Trailhead page.

Need to find trails by another method? Go back to Trails.

Big Lost Cove Cliffs Trail

More Difficult
  • Ascends moderately through mixed hardwoods and then runs slightly downhill along the crest of the ridge on an old logging road. It descends steeply for a brief stretch into the flats right above the cliffs, in an open oak forest. There are a couple...
  • 1.2mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles

Greentown Trail

Most Difficult
  • 5.7mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough

Harper Creek Trail

Most Difficult
  • Although this trail is listed as "easy" in some publications, that's not really the case. It might be considered moderate if you only hike to the falls and back, but the whole trail is much longer than that. And the multiple creek crossings, sparse...
  • 6.0mi, Hilly, Very Rough

Harper Creek - Raider Camp Connector Trail

More Difficult
  • Great connector trail, but rarely used and very overgrown. It represents the only way to not trespass and connect from the top of Raider Camp over to the Harper Creek trail.
  • mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Holly Springs Trail

More Difficult
  • Beginning milepost is from FSR 986 and joins the end of FSR 4099.
  • 1.9mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough

Hunt-Fish Falls Trail

Moderate
  • This trail is a co-signed as a portion of the Mountains to Sea Trail and takes you to a popular, yet small, waterfall on Lost Cove Creek. From the well signed trailhead on FR 464, the trail descends moderately through a few switchbacks and then...
  • 0.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough

Little Lost Cove Cliffs Trail

Moderate
  • A nice trail leads to the eponymous rock outcrop from which a spectacular view of the Blue Ridge Mountains with Grandfather Mountain at the top unfolds. Most of the trail follows old road or skid road beds; it is moderately rocky in places but...
  • 1.3mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles

Lost Cove Trail

Most Difficult
  • 6.8mi, Hilly, Very Rough

Lower Steels Creek Trail

Most Difficult
  • 2.9mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough

North Harper Creek Trail

Most Difficult
  • Climbs from the Harper Creek Trail above Harper Creek Falls, past Bard Falls and North Harper Creek Falls, ending on Kawana Road. Several creek crossings and a wilderness setting add to the difficulty of this trail, which would otherwise be rated as...
  • 4.5mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough

North Harper Creek Falls Trail

More Difficult
  • 75% of this trail is in great shape; travels along an old roadbed through beautiful woods with few obstacles. Judging by the size of the trees growing on the roadbed, it's been here a while. The last little bit turns into a true foot path and is a...
  • 1.3mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

North Harper Shortcut Trail

Moderate
  • Shortcut from FS 464 down to a beautiful section of the North Harper Creek trail about a half mile above Bard Falls. Easiest way to the falls, and a pleasant trail itself. Well constructed path winds in and out of the coves as it gently descends.
  • 1mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Persimmon Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • 2.7mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough

Phillips Branch Trail

Most Difficult
  • 1.9mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough

Raider Camp Trail

Most Difficult
  • Follows an old road bed up Raider Camp Creek from the campsite below Harper Creek Falls. Deeply eroded in places. Bypasses a section of the old road on a singletrack trail. Ends near the Kawana settlement above South Harper Creek Falls.
  • 2.8mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough

Steels Creek Trail

  • mi, ,

Thorps Creek Trail

Most Difficult
  • Starts at the back of the Mortimer Campground and loops back. Passes Thorps Creek Falls - a small 15' cascade and slide into a nice pool - near the bottom. Follows the same path as Schoolhouse Ridge for a short distance.
  • 4.5mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough

Timber Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • 1.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough

Upper Creek Falls Trail

More Difficult
  • Loop trail; from the parking lot going clockwise, it switchbacks down to the creek just above the top of the falls and crosses. Be careful here; it will be impossible during high water. The trail then descends alongside the falls with a few views of...
  • 1.6mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough

Upper Steels Creek Trail

Most Difficult
  • 2.9mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough

Wilson Creek Trail

Most Difficult
  • Follows Wilson Creek from NC Hwy. 90 north of Edgemont to FR 192.
  • 6.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough

Wilson Ridge Trail

Most Difficult
  • Unmaintained series of old logging roads and newer gravel and dirt roads, with some singletrack sections thrown in for good measure.
  • 14.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough

Yellow Buck Trail

Most Difficult
  • From the Harper Creek trail: follows an old logging road, moderately at first and then steeply. It passes over the unassuming peak of Yellow Buck Mountain, through a pine and oak forest, before following Long Ridge to the junctions with Persimmon...
  • 2.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough