Three Top Mountain Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Creston, NC and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from September until November.
I did not enjoy the actual trail at all, as it is really a road rather than a trail. Very gravelly, very steep, and not a fun climb. That being said, the last bit of the climb is an actual trail, and the view from Huckleberry Knob is astounding. I looked for a trail to the other visible peak, but could not find one. I have since learned that it is called Big Rock, and it is only available by bushwhacking across the ridge from Huckleberry Knob. So, in spite of my dislike for the trail itself, I will be going back to reach that other peak.
Very enjoyable, fantastic view worth the hike. Note, following directions from another review once turn on Poplar travel 1/4 mile to entrance in left ... marked with sign that reads "access road to NC wildlife game lands" then its .4 miles to gate. Park at gate.
Love this hike. The way up is pretty simple, somewhat strenuous, but nothing too hard. The view at the top is absolutely amazing. After going there just once, I can't stop thinking about the 2nd trip. Might go camping on the peak someday, and I plan on going back whenever the leaves change in the fall.
Kind of steep and strenuous, but the view makes it worth it! Shorter than I thought, just have to power through
Challenge to find trailhead but worth it. Traveling North on Three Top Rd from Todd, make a right onto Eller Rd just before the town of Creston. Eller immediately becomes Hidden Valley Rd. follow this road until it becomes gravel. It will change names to Oak and then Poplar. Ignore No Trespassing signs. You will pass through several neighborhoods. Approx 1 mi., From where the gravel began ,you will make a hard right turn on Poplar. Entrance will be on left marked with very small sign NWCRG. .4 mile to parking. Trailhead on right marked with low brown bar gate.
The trail is not marked and is not well travelled. However it is more or less an ATV trail that is wide and obvious. In first section you will cross three streams and then head up the ridge. Significant canopy and heavy brush in places. No view to speak of until the top. 2.5 mile to the summit. Approx 1200 ft elevation gain so was moderately strenuous. Very little flat areas on switchbacks to catch your breath. View from top is amazing in all directions. Approx 1 hr 15 min up and 1 hr down. Have fun. You will enjoy it.