Boone Fork Trail

HARD 277 reviews

Boone Fork Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Boone, North Carolina that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
695 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

Directions from Lenoir, NC: Travel SR 90 west for 7 miles. Turn right on SR 1368 and go 3 miles. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 2055.

hiking
1 day ago

So, the reason we gave it 2 stars, not to be Eeyore, but it smelled terribly of dog poop, for long stretches of the path, so badly that you could dry heave...the initial section of the hike took us through a paved path through everyone's camp-site and it was strange...we finally got some peace coming across a beautiful meadow, onto a more serene section and finally reaching Hebron Falls which was the highlight of the hike- you can play around all over the rocks which was a joy! It's easy to take a wrong turn at the long, large bridge where the marker is past the actual turning point, needs to be moved-just a tip.

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3 days ago

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7 days ago

It amazes me that this trail is consider hard. It’s moderate best. Lovely from start to finish.
I do recommend starting the trail at the Right spur. It makes the journey to the rock colony so much more grand. It’s advisable to take time to explore the area throughly to sit and enjoy the wonder of the spilling water through the giant granite boulders with water spills through them

7 days ago

Excellent trail, but definitely very challenging for average hikers. The falls are beautiful all along the trail. We hiked on a wet and muddy day, so the rocks throughout the trail were pretty difficult to traverse. For experienced hikers, definitely a must go. We watched a bunch of folks turn around when the trail got tough.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful views and challenging climbs through rock faces and mountain laurels a plenty. Pretty easy until you get past Hebron Falls, then becomes harder. Great falls along the way. Felt like we went back in time. Definitely do again.

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16 days ago

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20 days ago

Gorgeous trail, very well maintained. Would be very easy for experienced hikers. Many magical places along the way to go off trail and explore.

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21 days ago

26 days ago

26 days ago

went clockwise

30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very well maintained trail. Very well marked. Last portion going through the campground is a little confusing. Buy wall art or license images of this trail @ http://mikekoenig.org/tag/boone-fork-trail/

hiking
1 month ago

Fun adventurous trail! Many areas to get off the trail and enjoy the river rapids or the sunshine on a huge boulder. Also loved the tunnel-like pathways, felt like a totally different world. Highly recommend going "backwards" along the trail, starting with mile 5 so you can get the boring walk through the campground out of the way and end on a high note! Took us about 3 hours with a few detours to enjoy the scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail with a bit of everything! Great hike after doing profile the day before

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Awesome trail!!! Took it clockwise and got a little lost when it came to a fork with a bridge. Easy to miss the signs and orange blaze. Don't cross the bridge if you go that way!

hiking
1 month ago