Shinbone TR 187

The trail parallels Shinbone Creek and provides views of the Unaka Mountains and the magnificent Nolichucky Gorge. This rocky trail follows an old logging road through woods full of poplar, oak and maple trees.

Total Length: 8.5 miles

Total Elevation Change: 140 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate

Beginning Point: NFSR 214

Ending Point: NFSR 214

Average Hiking Time: 5 hours (one way)

Amount of Use: Moderate

Blaze Color: None

Area Trail Map: None

USGS Quad Maps: Huntdale and Chestoa

General Information


From Burnsville, take US 19E for 1.1 miles and take a left onto NC 197. Stay on this road for 6.6 miles and look for a sign pointing to the left saying "Green Mountain". Turn left onto NC 1338 and 1.5 miles. Cross a one lane bridge and immediately turn right to stay on SR 1338. Follow this road for about 3 miles and cross the Toe River. Turn left once across the river. Proceed for about 0.3 mile and turn left to follow the river. At 1.4 miles turn right onto SR 1321. Follow SR 1321 for about 5 miles to the Lower Poplar Community and veer left onto SR 1323. Follow SR 1323 to the NC/TN state line where there is a pull off on the right. Park here and begin hiking on NFSR 214 on the left or drive NFSR 214 to the locked gate on the left. 


Day Hiking

Horse Riding

Viewing Scenery