Buckhorn Gap Trail #103

5.2 mi - Moderate - After an easy trip down to Avery Creek, use the double-blazed (orange and blue) portion of Avery Creek trail to proceed approximately 100 yards upstream and cross the creek via the footbridge. The trail then becomes fairly steep as it climbs to Buckhorn Gap. There are several stream crossings with log bridges. A beautiful side trip to Twin Falls is worth the short additional walk: At a small sign marking the beginning of Twin Falls Loop, bear to the left and proceed to the two waterfalls, which are near each other alongside the trail; the loop will return to the main trail a short distance beyond the falls. After crossing Buckhorn Gap and passing the Buckhorn Gap shelter, the trail drops gradually to its end at the South Mills River Trail (#133).

Approximate Elevation Change: 500 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: Leaving the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn right (north) on U.S. 276 for ½ mile and turn right on FS 477. Continue 2.6 miles to the trailhead, where there is parking for six vehicles on the right side of the road. The trail may also be accessed (at its opposite end) from the South Mills River Trail (#133).


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Horse Riding