dogs on leash
This trail is very deceiving. The trail head starts out real level and solid. It then takes a sharp turn down. Loose rocks and roots. The descent is easy. However, what goes down must come up. The hike back up sucks. I couldn't find good hammock camping by the river. Ended up hiking back to the car and camping by table rock.
This was our first trip to Big Creek.The trail is wide and in good shape, there are quite a few rocks on the trail and a few roots, as a matter of fact it should be called a rocky trail. You hike near the creek most of the way and there are many huge boulders along the way, lots of Rhododendron too!You have to be careful where you step because there was horse manure all along the trail.I was told that this used to be a railroad bed that went out to the sawmill at Crestmont. We did not see any signs of old structures along the way, would have been interesting to know where all the people used to live..hard to imagine because of the vast number of boulders and rock along the way. The midnite hole was very pretty but we did not go swimming. The waterfalls (Mouse Creek) was a little unspectacular but probably because of the lack of rain in the region.The hike to the falls was a gradual uphill all the way so the return was downhill on the way back. Overall a very nice and interesting hike. Also the restrooms at the parking lot were very clean and weren't pits!
We hiked up to the Devil's Courthouse this morning. Unusual trail because it is paved almost the entire distance. It is quite a pull but it's only for about 1/2 mile to the top so it is bearable. Great views from the top in every direction!
We hiked Frying Pan this morning. Basically you are hiking an old gravel road for about 3/4th mile uphill. There was not much to see on the way up except for the beautiful fall colors on the trees along the way. When you reach the summit there is a big TV transmission tower and a fire observation tower. You can climb the steps to the observation tower. It was a little breezy but the 360 views were quite awesome especially due to the vivid fall colors!
I am fortunate to live near the entrance to the American Tobacco Trail that is at the 7 mile marker so it is about a 15-mile round trip whether I go north to downtown Durham or south into Chatham county.
The northern section of the trail from downtown to the I-40 bridge is more urban and has roughly 10-11 street crossings which makes for unwanted stops for cyclists.
The southern section from the I-40 bridge at SouthPointe mall to New Hope Church Rd in Morrisville/Chatham is more woodsy. It's a great ride with about 4-5 crossings and at least three areas with water/restroom facilities.
Bradford S. on Deep Creek Loop Trail
beautiful!! really great pics where Indian Creek joins Deep creek.
Crowder Mountain has a trail for everyone really.
I know the review is for RockTop Loop, but really we hit 3 trails, plus the service road (hardest part), and it was almost 9miles for the day.
We loved it, and honestly we will have to come back for more!
Parking can be an issue - it can fill up fast.
Less than an hour from Charlotte makes it a great location.
So close to Charlotte, and what a great escape!
We took a mid-day hike, and the weather was outstanding.
Alltrails has this as a 3.5, but it is really 6.2 if you include the campground extension.
Really was a great hike, and aside from the length, it would be awesome for kids too.
There is a short cut, and that might be where the 3.5miles comes in.
We started out backwards - everyone in the lot when we started was dropping in at the map/sign, we cut across the street, and took it in a clockwise direction.