Big East Fork Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews

Big East Fork Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,332 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

fishing
2 months ago

Good fishing. Rough trail not marked well but won’t get you lost.

hiking
4 months ago

Good trail not marked at all and a lot of side trails

backpacking
6 months ago

Did this as a 2 night backpacking trip. Well established trail but NOT marked. Tough, rocky terrain that can be slippery after rain but elevation gain isn’t bad. We had intended to continue on to Greasy Cove Trail and loop around Shining Creek Path back to the trailhead but we could not find the trail after 2 hours so we made an out and back of Big East Fork.

All in all a good first time trip for this novice backpacker. Campsites were nice and flat with easy access to the creek for water.

hiking
10 months ago

Loved the hike—not sure if we stayed on Big East Fork Trail the whole time, as there are really 0 indications of what trail is what and several split-offs you could venture down. We opted for what appears to be the most traveled path, climbing (gets pretty steep in some parts) alongside a beautiful creek until we reached a dead end with a sign (about 4 miles from trailhead). Then, we took a left and walked about 0.2 miles to a beautiful meadow with two huge panoramic views. It was difficult, I’d even say “hard” in terms of this ranking system. The path we took was about 9.5miles, in total there and back.

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Does anyone have the coordinates for the spring after flower gap heading south to north? Should be before shining rock intersection.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Beautiful trail up and back follows the river.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Fun trail that follows the river but not marked so be aware of where you are and check maps frequently. Dog friendly.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Awesome trail, very enjoyable. It's not marked at all so this app will come in handy for sure. Can't wait to do it again in the hotter months.

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

nice fairly easy trail. parallels a nice large creek. trail is fairly defined, gets a little confusing in places where the trail gets close to the water and goes out onto the rocks. there are many campsites along the trail that would make a great hike to fly fish and camp trip

hiking
Thursday, September 15, 2016

This is a nice trail,it's great that you can experience the river and all the swimming holes it had to offer. I will advise a compass and a map for this trail,as it has numerous trails that you can easily end up on with out knowing if you are on the actual trail you planned to trek on. I also liked it because the traffic was a little less than moderate and not heavy.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Love this trail ! Very peaceful, and plenty of beautiful scenery stops! This definitely is One of the most relaxing hiking places I have been too.

hiking
Saturday, April 09, 2016

This trail follows the beautiful Big East Fork of the Pigeon River, filled with rapids, waterfalls, and swimming holes the entire way. There are plentiful camp sites that are level and have great access to the river. Today was cold and windy, but I'd love to come back in the summer!

recorded big east fork 8/2/2018

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

backpacking
Monday, August 14, 2017

fishing
Monday, July 10, 2017

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