Big East Fork Trail #357

3.4 mi - Difficult - This trail follows the East Fork of the Pigeon River upstream, to the point where the Greasy Cove Prong flows into it. There are several places to view the stream and perhaps take a dip on a hot day. At the trail’s termination, one may continue on either of two additional, unsigned, wilderness trails: further along the East Fork of the Pigeon River via Bridges Camp Gap Trail (#607); or, after crossing the East Fork, along Greasy Cove Prong via the Greasy Cove Trail (#362).

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Hiking Trail: foot traffic only.
Water: yes
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: This trail is in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area: From the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn right (north) on US 276. Proceed 14 miles north to, and under, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and then approximately 2¾ miles further to the auxiliary Big East Fork parking area, which is unsigned, and on the left before the highway bridge. (The primary parking lot is signed, and after the bridge.) The trail is on the south end of the parking area. (See note below regarding signage in wilderness areas.)


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