Jack Branch TR 299

Jack Branch Trail combined with the River Ridge Trail offers panoramic views of the French Broad River. The trail traverses open fields and Oak-Hickory forests.

Total Length: 2.4 miles

Total Elevation Change: 1,320 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Difficult

Beginning Point: River Ridge Trail

Ending Point: NFSR 422

Average Hiking Time: 2 hours (one way)

Amount of Use: Moderate

Blaze Color: Blue Rectangle

Area Trail Map: Harmon Den/Hot Springs Trail Map

USGS Quad Map: Hot Springs

General Information


From Burnsville, travel west on NC 19E and merge onto I-26E. Take exit 11 toward Mars Hill/Marshall. Turn left onto NC 213 Carl Eller Road, which leads into Marshall. Take US 25 Bypass/US 70 ramp, merging onto US 25/US 70. Eventually, turn left to continue on US 25/US 70 toward Hot Springs. Immediately before crossing the French Broad River, turn right onto SR 1304. Turn right at the first intersection and continue on SR 1304 for 5 miles to the Murray Branch Recreation area. Follow the River Ridge Trail to the intersection of Jack Branch Trail.


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