Deer Lake Lodge Trail #664

1.4 mi - Moderate - The trail proceeds southwestward, crossing Wolf Branch and passing a small, seasonal, pond called Camp Deer Lake. There are several side trails that lead back to SR 806, but most have directional arrows that assist in staying on the correct path. This trail has several interpretive signs along it that pertain to forest management practices, and areas that demonstrate the various stages of managed woodland. The trail ends at FS 479E (Ledford Branch Road) just short of Ledford Branch; a left turn here will very quickly take one to FS 479 (Bent Creek Road). Another left turn shortly brings one back to SR 806, in the vicinity of the entrance to the Lake Powhatan Recreation Area—about ¾ of a mile from the road’s aforementioned intersection with FS 491.

Approximate Elevation Change: 100 feet
Blaze: Orange

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Multiple-use Trail: Hiking, mountain bike and equestrian use trail. Motorized use prohibited. Mountain bikes are prohibited in wilderness areas.
Water: yes
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: This trail has two parking sites, one paved site off of Forest Service road 491 and a gravel site on Forest Service road 479E. This trail is in what is popularly called the Bent Creek area, near Lake Powhatan Recreation Area. Leaving the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn left (south) onto US 276. At the first traffic light, turn left (east) on NC 280. Proceed approximately 12.5 miles, to NC 191 north. Turn left (north) onto NC 191, and then proceed 7.7 miles to Bent Creek Ranch Road (SR 806), which is ½ mile north of the Blue Ridge Parkway, signed for the Recreation Area and at a traffic light. Turn left on Bent Creek Ranch Road and proceed approximately 1.4 miles and turn right on FS 491 (Rice Pinnacle Road). Stay on the pavement, which will bear left and end at a paved parking lot that is the northeastern terminus of the trail.


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Horse Riding