Palmer Creek Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waynesville, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Directions from Blue Ridge Parkway, NC: 10 miles north of Soco Gap on Balsam Mountain Road (closed in winter), off the Blue Ridge Parkway around Milepost 458. Take the road to the very end where Palmer Creek Trail begins.
I used this trail to begin a loop around Balsam Mountain, Sterling Ridge and Pretty Hollow for a long day-hike out of Cataloochie. The first 2 miles consist of a moderate elevation gain following the creek up a hollow before making a brisk ascent up a ridge and ending on Balsam Mountain Road at 3.3 miles.
I found the trail kind of a spooky - definitely would have made a good hideout for a moonshiner.....or maybe a witch! Its definitely not one of the more traveled routes, so chances are good that you'll have it to yourself. The second foot bridge (about midway) is no longer there. I had to ford that crossing. Bring a towel!
The final bit travels through a nice ridge top, with views of Shanty Mountain to the east and Sterling Mountain to the west.
nice walk and good flyfishing