Van Cliff Loop TR 313

This trail offers a walk along streams and ridge tops where remains of old homesteads and fields are evident. The vegetation changes from low, dense vegetation along the stream to cove hardwoods and piney ridge tops. Picnicking, water, restrooms and camping are available at Rocky Bluff Campground May through October.

Total Length: 2.6 miles

Total Elevation Change: 600 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Difficult

Beginning Point: Rocky Bluff Campground

Ending Point: Rocky Bluff Campground

Average Hiking Time: 2.5 hours (round trip)

Amount of Use: Moderate

Blaze Color: Yellow Rectangle

Area Trail Map: Harmon Den/Hot Springs Trail Map

USGS Quad Map: Spring Creek

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 the US 25 Bypass/US 70 ramp, merging onto US 25/70 heading toward Hot Springs. Eventually, turn left to continue on US 25/70. Once in Hot Springs, take SR 209S for 3.3 miles to the Rocky Bluff Campground. Hikers should park in the spaces at the picnic area.


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