Explore the most popular Horseback Riding trails in Pisgah National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
bugs
muddy
4 days ago

hiking
private property
14 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

beautiful trail and waterfall. The directions don't take you to the location, you need to drive a mile or 2 further. And the place to start is not clearly marked. We were lucky to have found hikers to Point us to the right direction. Also, more like 4 miles not 7. We were in and out in 2 hrs.

hiking
29 days ago

Great trail. Beautiful and water all the way to the Falls. There were rocks and roots but not difficult. Wore boots up and hiking sandals back down. Great for dogs, families and anyone in decent physical shape. DON’T park at the horse stable in my opinion. Drive past the stable up to parking on the side of the gravel road at Clawhammer Cove Trailhead (for a bit longer hike) or a little farther up the road to Buckhorn Gap trail head. This turned out to be a 5 mile hike. Take the time at the base of the waterfall to hike up the left side so you can get under the waterfall!!!

Decent hike, probably would rate it on the easier side of moderate (on average) with some stretches on the harder side of moderate. Much of it was flat or had gradual elevation changes. Clockwise starting at the parking lot used for the trailhead provides 3 miles of flat hiking before a gradual ascent until one mile from the top, where it becomes much steeper until the “summit.” From there, the only view is a few hundred feet of a walk along the Blue Ridge Parkway with no trail (just along the road.) After that, it was mostly a steady descent downward for the last 2.7 miles. Counterclockwise would provide a different challenge but would be equally doable. It is also worth mentioning on the clockwise route that is pictured here does not properly follow the Spencer’s Gap trail for the last 1.1 miles before it meets up with the Trace Ridge trail — you will need to look for the trail marker to the right and follow the Spencer Gap trail which is windier than appears on the map. Overall, it was a somewhat buggy hike (in the summer) until reaching the ridge, where it became more tolerable. Also, given the one view, it was a somewhat boring hike through the woods — not many switchbacks or changing elevation. Definitely good for beginners looking to push themselves.

hiking
1 month ago

Parked at stable and hiked up to falls. Incredible view and found a log going across water flowing from waterfall to have a picnic with kiddos!

We may have been naively excited for this hike, either way I wouldn't recommend it nor would I do it again. It's not marked at all, we had to rely on previous recordings to stay on course. It's basically a service road with mediocre views the majority of the trek. We spotted over 10 ticks on our bodies between the 2 humans and 1 small pup.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

The trail is probably half service road and half wooded hike--with a sprinkle of fields. The trail was poorly marked, and we were going the wrong way at least twice. I knocked at least six ticks off my girlfriend in this adventure. However, the worst bit of this trail is how dreadfully boring it was. Right around mile five you got a beautiful view of a valley and a river, but there is nothing else at any point to look at.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

All around a fantastic hike. Will definitely bring a hat with a bug net next time. It was very helpful to have some sandals to cross the deeper creek areas. Clocks in around 8.5 miles and I was able to complete it in about 4.5 hours. Great time, will surely return.

trail running
over grown
1 month ago

Parked at Woodlawn park. Trail head is across the street from the park on 221. Trail starts on paved road with a gate. I did see a black bear about 5 miles into run by the river. The bear came up from the river on to trail. Decided to call it at that point and turn around Trail is gravel/dirt road and overall is quite overgrown. Grass is very tall most of way making it difficult to see where placing feet and to see potential snakes.

love the trail especially in winter.

Great trail. Loved the falls.

This trail is great for some distance and seclusion! It has a nice trail with great views. It gets mildly steep but levels back out.

I did this loop at the end of April with a modification on the spur. I crossed the river at knee height first at the Baurel creek/Bradley creek intersection, then realized that I would have to keep crossing it if I continued up Bradley Creek trail. I took the (unmarked) dirt road up the ridge towards Queen Creek mountain, which was beautiful and empty. Heading back along Bradley Creek towards riverside trail, there were 3 more river crossings, up to thigh height. A friend told me there are normally bridges, the only one I saw was near the trailhead. It was green and beautiful, and I saw almost no one.

Great hike to a beautiful overlook of the Nolichucky River Gorge. Not many people know about this beautiful hidden gem. if you want seclusion and back country hiking without the crowds then this is the one for you. Bring plenty of water because you are out in the hot sun a majority of this hike. Highly recommend this hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect balance for family of 4 - did in just over 2 hours

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of down trees but pretty easy - nice falls but nothing spectacular - very few people

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Parked at Buckhorn Gap and just looped around that way. Nice falls and all the log bridges were alot of fun. Still a bit muddy. Probably best when we havent got much rain recently.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Lots of log bridges - not my favorite. The falls are beautiful. Pay attention since there are smaller falls along the way. Also pay attention to the color coding on the trees there are several places to go the wrong way. We had s sunny but cool day. There was a lot of people out.

hiking
5 months ago

This a wonderful trek. Quite easy. Some uphill sections but the uphill is gradual and not too difficult. Beautiful Falls. Twin falls is breathtaking but throughout the hike there are plenty of smaller falls and “mini” falls as I call them. There are Multiple creek crossings but most have designated log bridges to cross. For a majority of your trek you will either be beside water or you’ll be able to hear it. It’s quite peaceful. Note: for the experienced or daring hikers, if you hike up the right side of the falls, you will be in awe of one of God’s beautiful creations. You can walk behind the falls. Make sure to wear proper hiking boots or trail shoes and be careful! This is a truly beautiful hike. I would highly recommend this trail. :)

hiking
6 months ago

We went last weekend and the weather was great. This ended up being a 10 mile hike because the road to get to the stables is closed. The hike was great, but there were several downed trees.

Trail is in bad shape. Rained yesterday and lots of muddy spots. Especially at the steep climb from 3600 to 4100. River up so made for some wet crossings.. Would skip til the summer when dry.

hiking
8 months ago

We parked at the stables and went in November. It was on the tail end of lead season and beautiful. Some of the reviews/directions are hard to follow on here. Take the main road and use the BUCKHORN GAP trail head. We missed this and ended up three miles uphill. Once we got on track it was pretty straight forward and the directions made sense. Just make sure to use the correct trail head.

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