Staire Creek TR 183
This trail passes by huge granite boulders scattered thoughout the woods and provides serveral nice views of the surrounding mountains. Many loop opportunities exist in the area. The trail ascends quite steeply in sections with some switchbacks and follows a ridge above Staire Branch. It emerges on NFSR 74 directly opposite of Bear Pen Trail.
Total Length: 1.2 miles
Total Elevation Change: 1,010 feet
Degree of Difficulty: Difficult
Beginning Point: Walker Creek TR 165
Ending Point: NFSR 74
Average Hiking Time: 2 hours (one way)
Amount of Use: Heavy
Blaze Color: Orange
Area Trail Map: South Toe River, Mount Mitchell & Big Ivy Trail Map
USGS Quad Maps: Barnardsville, Mount Mitchell and Montreat
Access this trail from Walker Creek TR 165. The Staire Creek Trail junction is well marked and is on the right.