Greentown Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Newland, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.4 miElevation gain1,414 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingFishingHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestRiverWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeRockyWashed out
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Entrance is on the right, going north on 181, less than a mile past Brown Mountain overlook. There is some space to park along the road. The trail begins just behind the guard rail. Trail is marked Upper Creek Falls.

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Jill Taylor
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Beautiful forest. Had to turn back about 1.5 miles in because the creek crossing was too wide and deep, and it was a little too cold to wade across barefoot.

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Kyle Hefner
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Zoe Abrahm
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Good forest, steep climbs, no real view points

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Chuck Simpson
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Danielle Robidoux
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Craig Cooke
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Anna Russ
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BackpackingGreat!

Right after Hurricane Eta we backpacked from here and then traced a loop following Harper's Creek from near South Harper Creek Falls on MSTto Harper Creek falls back to South Harper Creek Falls. I would NOT recommend the bit of trail off the MST following Harpers Creek upstream to South Harper's Creek Falls: 13 steam crossings in 3 miles. I would highly recommend this trail including extending it a bit to see either South Harper's Creek Falls OR Harper's Creek Falls. Also this trail does have an Upper Creek crossing. You will get in up to your calves. The creek is easiest to cross downstream 10 yards from actual trail crossing.

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Jon Finger
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Jon Finger
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Good trail. Pretty challenging uphill out and back. Limited places to camp.

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Rachel Miller
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First mile out/last mile return is steep. At the bottom is a fun river crossing. It is deep and wide so plan on getting wet or taking your shoes and socks off. Pretty, tree covered and really good footing for the majority of the trail. Watch out for mountain bikers on steep section as visibility is low and they will be flying!!

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David Koeck
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HikingGreat!

You better be in for a sweaty return trip. (All uphill at least 1/2 mile). Trail was a lot of fun, nice and shady. Water crossing was a bit nerve-wracking with the wife. Slippery rocks but definitely do able. You better be in somewhat shape. Great leg workout. Over all a great day.

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Pinky Parsons
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Moderate with a steep beginning and ending. Lots of water along the way so be prepared for wet feet. Love this trail.

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Ed G
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HikingGreat!

Trail appears to be an ancient logging road or perhaps narrow gauge RR bed. Pretty wide in most places and well maintained. Relatively few roots and rocks. Definitely would be great for mountain biking. One major creek crossing that requires wading. We had trail to ourselves for morning hike out on very nice Labor Day weekend Saturday, but met bike group on the return followed by lots of water pool seekers around noon on last mile. As a hike, it’s a pleasant outing, nothing too spectacular, but interesting. Last 1/2 mile on return is pretty challenging climb.

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Bethea Schnuit
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HikingWashed out

The trail is pretty steep the first mile down- which means the last mile back up can be intense. Other than that it was really pleasant. The creek crossing is about mid shin deep- I took off my shoes and socks and crossed barefoot because I hate wet feet. it was fun and pretty but no real big "pay off" in views or anything else which is a bummer.

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Andrew Platt
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This was trail was great! 4 stars cause my dog would have preferred a more diverse selection of pine cones to chew on. Also I lost my wallet here. Anyone finds it let me know.

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Mark Hoesten
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Great trail. At the big creek Crossing you won’t see a blaze on the far side cross anyway look through the dark hole in the rhododendron in the shrubs and you’ll see your first white blaze you’re on the right road

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Amy Jayne
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HikingFlooded

We hiked until we reached the creek crossing. So much rain lately, we couldn’t cross without wading, so we decided to turn around. Found a side trail not on AllTrails site which was wonderful. Followed the creek and saw a lot of waterfalls and swimming holes. Parts are overgrown, but it looks like it might meet up with this trail farther on. Highly recommend the out and back side trail along the creek.

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Sarah Freeman
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HikingOff trailWashed out

the trail starts off on the right a little past the mountain lookout behind the railing. there is off the road parking but not much, if you plan on going when it is busy, go early to guarantee parking. it's pretty steep going down for about a mile and then it levels out. there are some basic campgrounds just after it clears but I believe you are supposed to cross the large creek but there is no real path to do so, at least that's what the map on this app says to do. the water is freezing but I tried to walk it without shoes but realized I couldn't almost immediately. I then let my dogs play around in the water since no one was around and then we went back. overall it was just over 3 miles but I feel very shorted and disappointed. it is open during the quarantine so that's really the only positive thing.

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Lorenzo Cirigliano
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Very hard Coming back very steep

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Kenneth Yearick
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Nice clean trail. I was the only hiker yet met 6 mountain bikers. Views are minimal yet pleasant woods.

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Lauren Smith
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The trail is marked as Upper Creek Falls. It's about a mile south of the actual Upper Creek Falls (the short mile loop with the parking lot) on 181. Just behind the guard rail is the entrance to this trail. It's definitely not the Upper Creek Falls trail. It's quite a ways from any major falls to speak of. However, along the creek bed there are some smaller falls that are nice enough to see. At about a mile in, the trail crosses the creek and heads back up the other side. The first mile in is steep and was washed out somewhat, but it appeared to be well maintained with fallen trees recently cut. There were many mountain bike tracks, although we saw none that day. The trail flattens out once you reach the creek, and it runs along the creek for about a mile to the south. There is a very nice campsite in a clearing along the north end of the creek.

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Eden Jackson
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Brooklyn Alberts
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RODNEY BATT
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Mitchell Enriquez
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Ina Cortes
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Matthew Stetzler
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Joshua Folan
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Eddie Gurley
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