Hanging Dog Campground Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Murphy, North Carolina and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
poorly taken care of
Trails in bad shape
The road to the Ramsey Bend boat ramp is now open and it will take you to the trail head at the ridge top which leads to several nice loops that are in pretty good shape for having been closed for so long.We hiked several of the longer loops over the weekend and it was good hiking and these trails are very well marked. As in another review it would help to get a map at the ranger station in Murphy but all the trails are on the All Trails app on your phone.
So, first off the campground and all the facilities are closed and have been for quite some time. There is no info posted anywhere so do yourself a favor and stop at the Ranger Station in Murphy and get the pamphlet before you go out. The trailhead for the Ramsey Bend Connector, Trail 619 is located in the back of the upper parking area above the boat ramp. Despite being closed the trail was clear and passable. If you just do that loop, with the little spur up to the FS road its just about 2.5 miles. The trail is very easy, meandering and contained no leg burning climbs or descents. It was well marked with light blue rectangles. We attempted to go down Trail 620, which is no more than an old logging road but it was very overgrown and not worth the effort.