Long Branch Trail #116

2.5 mi - Moderate - Part of this trail follows an old wagon road that served Brevard many years ago. It begins on an easy grade as it parallels Long Branch. After approximately 0.8 miles, you will encounter a trail intersection: Turn right to continue on the Long Branch Trail, or proceed straight ahead to take Cemetery Loop (#341). (The McCall cemetery, which is alongside Cemetery Loop approximately ¼ mile from the intersection, is a reminder of a settlement in the area that dates back to the 1800’s. Bikes are not allowed in the cemetery, and please respect the gravesites. Cemetery Loop returns to FS 475 within sight of the Long Branch trailhead, and is an easy walk of 1.2 miles from its intersection with Long Branch Trail to FS 475.) After crossing Long Branch, the Long Branch Trail climbs gradually through a thicket of laurel and rhododendron before crossing a grass road. You will then meander through a young forest before descending steeply to Searcy Creek, with a similarly steep rise on the other side. Shortly thereafter the trail ends at Butter Gap Trail (#123). If mountain biking, keep in mind that Butter Gap Trail from here to Cat Gap Loop (#120), and Cat Gap Loop to the fish hatchery, are only open to bikes from October 15 through April 15.

Approximate Elevation Change: 300 feet
Blaze: Orange

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Mountain Biking Trail: Mountain biking and hiking trail. Bikers please yield to hikers. Mountain biking prohibited in wilderness areas.
Water: yes
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn right (north) on US 276. Proceed approximately 3 ½ miles north to the first left turn, onto FS 475 (Davidson River Road, signed for the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Pisgah Forest Fish Hatchery). Drive beyond the Center for Wildlife Education approximately 4 miles, where the trailhead is on the left side of the road. There is parking for 3 to 4 vehicles.


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking