Carolina Hemlock TR 1003

The yellow blazed trail follows the South Toe River downstream and eventually crosses NC 80. The trail follows steady grade and goes through cove hardwoods. After crossing NC 80 the trail has some switchbacks and several benches for resting. The trail terminates near a restroom in the Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area. A sign near the restroom denotes the trail. Services provided in this area include camping, restrooms, drinking water, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The area is closed from Nov. 1st to April 15th.

Total Length: One mile

Total Elevation Change: 50 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Beginning Point: Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area

Ending Point: Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area restrooms

Average Time: 30 minutes (one way)

Amount of Use: Heavy

Blaze Color: Yellow

Area Trail Map: South Toe River, Mount Mitchell & Big Ivy Trail Map

USGS Quad Map: Celo

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water

General Information


From Burnsville, go east on US 19E for about 4.3 miles. Turn right onto NC 80. After 0.6 mile, turn right again to stay to stay on NC 80. Follow this road for 8.6 miles to the Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area entrance, which is on both sides of NC 80. Turn right and follow the one way road around to the right. Parking is near the swimming area on the right. The trail begins on the right with a yellow blaze on a tree just beyond these picnic tables.


Day Hiking


Picnic tables:
Drinking water: