Fires Creek Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

This remote area offers excellent trout fishing, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, and camping. The 25-mile Rim Trail in the Fires Creek Backcountry Area, is a hiking trail, however, some trail sections are open to horses. As the name implies, the Rim Trail climbs the ridge around Fires Creek and makes a large loop. The trail offers vistas as it crosses several highelevation balds. Located on Fires Creek, Bristol Campground has nine sites, a vault toilet, and accomodates horse campers. Huskins Branch Hunters Camp offers primitive camping. From the Leatherwood Falls Picnic Area, a 0.7-mile loop goes to Leatherwood Falls.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations not needed
Fees: No fee
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Hayesville
Water: Drinking water
Restroom: Vault

General Information


From Hayesville, go 5 miles on US 64W. Turn right on NC 175 for 2.5 miles, left on SR 1344 for two miles.

General Notes:

Tusquitee Ranger District
District Ranger, Angela Gee
123 Woodland Drive
Murphy, NC 28906
(828) 837-5152

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Recreation areas with activity Dispersed Camping:

River and Stream Fishing

Recreation areas with activity River and Stream Fishing:

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking: Picnicking available.
No. of Sites 10
Reservation Info None
Difficulty Level: Easy