Trace Ridge Trail #354
3.1 mi - Moderate - This area of the Pisgah District is popular, since there is a varied, interconnecting trail system, of which Trace Ridge Trail is an important link. The southern portion of the trail (approx. ½ mile long) leaves from behind the left side of the bulletin board at the end of the parking area and descends to the North Mills River Trail (#353) and Yellow Gap Trail (#611). There is a small rock outcrop that the trail passes over, which is tricky for horses and bikes, especially when covered by leaves. The trail’s northern portion (approx. 2.6 miles long) begins just beyond the gated road that is uphill of the parking area, and is fairly steep as it climbs up Trace Ridge. There is a short, steep drop to Spencer Gap before finishing the climb to the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are views west to the Big Creek valley during the fall and winter. The trail segment beyond Spencer Branch Trail (#140) is closed to bikes and horses. All users may loop westward on Spencer Branch Trail (#140) and Fletcher Creek Trail (#350). Alternatively, bikes and hikers only may also loop westward via Spencer Branch Trail (#140), Fletcher Creek Trail (#350), and Spencer Gap Trail (#600); or east on Spencer Branch Trail (#140) and FS 5000 (Wash Creek Road).
Approximate Elevation Change: 1,300 feet
At a Glance
|Restrictions:||Hiking trail: Foot traffic (sections open for mountain bike and/or equestrian use).|
|Operated By:||US Forest Service|