Walker Creek Trail is a 4.1 mile loop trail located near Barnardsville, NC that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Burnsville, NC: Travel east on 19E for .5 mile and turn right on SR 197 (south). Stay on this road through Pensacola and Cane River Gap to Barnardsville, about 25 miles. The road is paved then changes to gravel and then pavement again. Turn left at the intersection of SR 197 and SR 2173 (Dillingham Road) and follow this road, which becomes gravel and Forest Service Road 74. Follow it for .4 mile to a road on the right. This road has a bulletin board visible from Forest Road 74. Follow this road for .6 mile to a pull-off on the right. The trail is about 50 feet up the road on the left. Do not drive beyond the pull-off, it is private property.
Very nice trail through Big Ivy. It wasn't terribly difficult, but it definitely got our hearts pumping. The untouched snow along the ridgetops was quite beautiful.
Had a great time on this trail. It has some pretty steep climbs but overall a great hike and dog friendly. If you wear barefoot shoes be warned that this trail is very rocky.