Hickory Branch Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Hickory Branch Trail is a 3.1 mile out and back trail located near Old Fort, NC and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November.

3.1 miles 1584 feet Out & Back


Wildflowers, Cascades, Small Waterfalls, Wildlife Ascend small low ridge, Descend to trail jct. turn Right here to stream, rock hop across. walk straight through large camping area to rear, trail is on a small bank (3-4 Ft.) climb and turn Left. This is the description you want to follow, NC Trails guidebook is out of date. Trail has several water crossings all easy, passes numerous small falls and cascades, Wild Flowers are numerous in spring. At 0.8 Mi. trail starts a constant up-hill through 11 switchbacks, with some fairly steep spots. Views here are of the surrounding ridges, mostly for the exercise. Reach the top after about 1 Mi. backtrack to car. Two trails turn L.& R. here these are not suggested. A word of Caution! The wildlife here are numerous Black Bears, they raid the campground frequently. Do Not take your dog, and make some sound as you are walking.

22 days ago

Really beautiful day, but very dry and smoke in the valley so we didn't do the whole trail. I would recommend this trail after the rains come as the falls look beautiful and I can only imagine what normal year's rainfall would do for the cascades. The trail itself is really nice, a bit overgrown with dog hobble, but very accessible.

2 years ago

Very nice hike. Great view of small water fall about half way in. The "top view" is about 1.4 miles in. If going to 1.75 mile mark the trail kind of was difficult to find.

3 years ago

Yeah the trailhead is pretty hidden. Turn down Curtis creek road in old fort, the road will turn into gravel, keep going till you reach Curtis creek campground, park in the parking lot and the trail head will be behind campground 16c. It's a pretty nice hike. The waterfall is pretty cool, plus there are some nice bouldering spots for climbing.

4 years ago

So does anyone know where the trailhead is?? We searched for awhile then gave up. Directions are not very clear at all!!