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
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.