Hanging Dog Campground Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Hanging Dog Campground Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Murphy, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.2 miles
433 feet

dogs on leash



mountain biking



over grown

3 months ago

great trail! we hiked with our three teenagers and three dogs and had a great time! beautiful area, wish there was more ways to be closer to the stream

5 months ago

We have been to this group of trails several times, and love the forest and lake views here. Just yesterday, May 10, 2018, we started out on the marked left-hand loop from the parking spot on the All Trails map, and ended up cutting across the interior of the loop on a trail marked with blue painted tree roots. About half way across the interior, on either side of the trail, we found lady slippers in full bloom, light of the setting sun falling across them...a rare sighting of this endangered species. See photo.

6 months ago

We walked several of the loop trails. We had the place totally to ourselves except for various birds to include a wild turkey.

9 months ago

Always a fun hike or even drive! One day we drove to various spots in order to view PantherTop fire tower. I am obsessed in finding all areas in the Murphy area where we can see that tower from a distance!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

First of all, there is no Hanging Dog Creek Trail. Hanging Dog is a campground that has several trails that either meander along the lake or a couple that are more strenuous but lead to some great views. USFS Trail 81 starts in campground A and is a beautiful walk through rodedendras, holly, and mountain laurel. 81 ends at USFS 619 which is about a two mile section that takes you up to a beautiful overlook. I love this place and will walk all these trails many times. It is true, if you are afraid of accidentally touching some nature, these trails are not for you. These trails are lightly traveled and, since they are not paved, they do tend to have some of that pesky nature growing on and near them.

Monday, July 04, 2016

poorly taken care of

Friday, March 18, 2016

Trails in bad shape

Monday, November 23, 2015

The road to the Ramsey Bend boat ramp is now open and it will take you to the trail head at the ridge top which leads to several nice loops that are in pretty good shape for having been closed for so long.We hiked several of the longer loops over the weekend and it was good hiking and these trails are very well marked. As in another review it would help to get a map at the ranger station in Murphy but all the trails are on the All Trails app on your phone.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

So, first off the campground and all the facilities are closed and have been for quite some time. There is no info posted anywhere so do yourself a favor and stop at the Ranger Station in Murphy and get the pamphlet before you go out. The trailhead for the Ramsey Bend Connector, Trail 619 is located in the back of the upper parking area above the boat ramp. Despite being closed the trail was clear and passable. If you just do that loop, with the little spur up to the FS road its just about 2.5 miles. The trail is very easy, meandering and contained no leg burning climbs or descents. It was well marked with light blue rectangles. We attempted to go down Trail 620, which is no more than an old logging road but it was very overgrown and not worth the effort.

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Friday, October 14, 2016