Moutains-to-Sea Trail: Folk Art Center to Haw Creek Overlook is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Asheville, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The hike begins at Folk Art Center on the Mountains-to Sea Trail heading North to an area just above the Haw Creek Valley Overlook. The hike is a steady up hill climb to the top of the mountain above Haw Creek Valley. Trail follows Blue Ridge Parkway roadway North from Folk Art Center MP 382.0 to mountain just above Haw Creek Valley Overlook MP 380. There is a lot of roadway noise on this trail from traffic traveling on the Parkway. Lots of wild mushrooms and some wildflowers.
Great overlook, moderate hike. Quick, easy, close to town.
Good hike -
Nice trail. Close to Blue Ridge Parkway, so some traffic noise in spots. We didn't mind, though. Good walk if your time is limited and you want to stay close to downtown area.
We could not find the tree with the red heart and black dot in it @ the 2.3 mile point from the Folk Arts Center. Path near roads may bother hiking purists.
A nice hike from the Bull Mountain area. Worth the view from the Haw Creek Overlook!
Nice easy hike. Great view of Haw Creek Valley. Serious poison ivy for early in season.
Rolling hills and not very strenuous. My gps logged the mileage at 6.8 and my Apple Watch logged 6.4. Both are definitely more than five, so it was a little long for the first of the season.
The trail was good, very easy. It was about 6 miles there and back and a good brisk walk with the dog, but the trail runs right by the parkway and fenced off property, so it didn't quite feel like I was escaping the city. Good for a quick hike, but nothing scenic or quiet
I've run this trail lots of times. It's super fun, with a little difficulty (for running, hiking not so much). We live in this area and love this trail. When you run though, keep one eye on the ground as there are several spots with rocks and roots that can trip you up.
I've done this hike several times -- I guess it was the first "long" hike I did when I moved to the area 10 years ago. The overlook is the reason to do the hike. The trail is a roller, with some pretty steep (but short) sections. But it's a relatively easy hike that families can do.
To get to the trailhead, park in the Folk Art Center lot and then head past the building itself through the little intepreative trail. The hike starts at the right end of this trail -- easy to miss, but don't be detered. There will be some substantial poison ivy as the trail hugs the Parkway...long pants are definitely a good idea. Then a little steep section, followed by a downhill that gets you to the Parkway. Cross the road CAREFULLY. The trail rolls along until you reach a sharp left-hand turn in order to avoid ending up in someone's back yard. The last climb out will take you to the overlook which is marked by blazes on a large tree.
Like most of the "overlooks" in this area, it's a rocky outcrop. Careful, especially during wet weather. In the spring, flame azalea and grandfather's beard are worth looking for.
The last time I was driving on the parkway, a large bear crossed the road right at the overlook. So, just be aware that it's their home.
Great, easy fun little trail. Old gun range and cool water tower thing if you take alternate route. Nice walk for dogs too. ☕️
I used to hike and run MTS daily during the week when I lived in East Asheville and this was one of my regular routes.
This hike is worth the effort once you reach the mountain overlook above Haw Creek Valley. There is a lot of road noise from vehicles travelling on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but all in all, not a bad hike. I will definitely trek it again just to enjoy the mountain view of Haw Creek Valley.