Perkins TR 175
This trail offers many loop options and switchbacks. It crosses several small streams and provides some pleasant views of Walker Ridge. Eventually, the path emerges on Laurel Gap Trail.
Total Length: 1.2 miles
Total Elevation Change: 670 feet
Degree of Difficulty: Difficult
Beginning Point: NFSR 74
Ending Point: Laurel Gap TR 184
Average Hiking Time: 1 hour (one way)
Amount of Use: Heavy
Blaze Color: Orange
Area Trail Map: South Toe River, Mount Mitchell & Big Ivy Trail Map
USGS Quad Map: Mount Mitchell and Montreat
From Burnsville, go east on US 19E for 0.5 mile and turn right onto NC 197S. Stay on this road through Pensacola and Cane River Gap to Barnardsville for about 25 miles. The road is paved, changes to gravel and is paved once again. Turn left at the intersection of NC 197 and SR 2173 (Dillingham Road). Follow this road, which becomes NFSR 74. Follow this gravel road for 4.4 miles to the trailhead on the left.