Mill Ridge TR 280
This trail offers views of Big Laurel Creek Gorge and the Rich Mountain area. The fields have panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The trail is open to hiking and mountain biking.
Total Length: 4 miles
Total Elevation Change: 480 feet
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Beginning Point: NFSR 113
Ending Point: NFSR 113
Average Hiking Time: 2 hours (round-trip)
Average Biking Time: 1 hour (round-trip)
Amount of Use: Moderate
Blaze Color: Route is signed
Area Trail Map: Harmon Den/Hot Springs
USGS Quad Map: Hot Springs
From Burnsville, travel west on NC 19E and merge onto I-26E. Take exit 11 toward Mars Hill/Marshall. Turn left onto NC 213/Carl Eller Road, which leads into Marshall. Take the US 25 Bypass/US 70 ramp, merging onto US 25/70 heading toward Hot Springs. Eventually, turn left to continue on US 25/70. At Tanyard Gap where the Appalachian Trail crosses over the highway on a concrete bridge, turn right before the bridge. Take a left at the intersection, cross over US 25/70, and follow NFSR 113 to the Mill Ridge trailhead. Parking is at the end of the road.