Mill Ridge TR 280

This trail offers views of Big Laurel Creek Gorge and the Rich Mountain area. The fields have panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The trail is open to hiking and mountain biking.

Total Length: 4 miles

Total Elevation Change: 480 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate

Beginning Point: NFSR 113

Ending Point: NFSR 113

Average Hiking Time: 2 hours (round-trip)

Average Biking Time: 1 hour (round-trip)

Amount of Use: Moderate

Blaze Color: Route is signed

Area Trail Map: Harmon Den/Hot Springs

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 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. At Tanyard Gap where the Appalachian Trail crosses over the highway on a concrete bridge, turn right before the bridge. Take a left at the intersection, cross over US 25/70, and follow NFSR 113 to the Mill Ridge trailhead. Parking is at the end of the road.


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery