Walker Creek TR 165

This trail travels through woods typical in this area and provides several nice views of the surrounding mountains. You will see huge granite boulders scattered throughout the woods. Designed as one of many possible loop opportunities, the trail steeply climbs in some sections and offering some switchbacks, the trail follows a ridge above Walker Branch.

Total Length: 1.8 miles

Total Elevation Change: 1,055 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Difficult

Beginning Point: NFSR 74

Ending Point: NFSR 74

Average Hiking Time: 2 hours (one way)

Blaze Color: Orange

Area Trail Map: South Toe River, Mount Mitchell & Big Ivy Trail Map

USGS Quad Maps: Barnardsville, Mount Mitchell & Montreat

General Information


From Burnsville, take US 19E for 0.5 mile and turn right onto NC 197. Stay on NC 197 to Barnardsville for about 25 miles. Turn left at the intersection of NC 197 and NC 2173 (Dillingham Road), which becomes NFSR 74. Take this gravel road for 0.4 mile and turn right onto NFSR 231. Follow this road for 0.6 mile to a pull-off on the right. The trailhead is about 50 feet up the road on the left. Please do not drive beyond the pull-off.


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

Viewing Scenery