Daniel Boone Scout Camp Cold Mountain Loop Trail is a 14.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canton, NC that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Did this hike Memorial Day weekend, and it was beautiful. Fairly crowded at Shining Rock Gap, but everywhere else was medium to low traffic. Many wildflowers, including the Trillium and Mountain Laurel were blooming nicely, although it was early for the flowers at Deep Gap.
A "highlight" of the trip was a persistent bear at Shining Rock Gap hanging around our camp at dinner time, but with camp properly stowed over night, we didn't have any trouble. Note that bear canisters are required now, and are a very good idea.
Water is available, but takes planning. There are very small but reliable water sources at Shining Rock Gap (just below the Art Loeb Trail near the Southern side of the Gap) and about 2/3rds of the way up Cold Mountain from Deep Gap.