Harper Creek, Raider Camp, and Yellow Buck Mountain Trail Loop

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Harper Creek, Raider Camp, and Yellow Buck Mountain Trail Loop is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Collettsville, 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.

11.6 miles
2,250 feet

dog friendly





nature trips




wild flowers


There are several creek crossings on this trail.

2 months ago

Backpacked the loop and camped for 2 nights along the trail. Several great camping spots with fire rings, most along the river for easy water access. I will say, there are several spots we had to pull out our map because there are several forks that are not well marked. Definitely make sure you’re looking for the color coded blazes, and look for the pink flagging to see where to cross the creek. GET A MAP BEFOREHAND!! Lots of roots and stumps to trip on so watch your footing!

3 months ago

this trail doesn't exist in the Wilson Creek or WNC trail maps, the map seems to be a combination of yellow buck, harpers creek and raiders camp. That being said i love this area and these trails. but...stop at the visitor center, get a real map, have the right info and a plan before you go out. then go out and get lost proper lol.

3 months ago

I need to mention that the directions on this trail description are not correct. If you do choose to come in via the Blue Ridge Parkway,,, you will not turn right onto SR464. You will actually turn left onto SR464. You will know this road because it has a small church at this junction. Long Ridge Baptist Church. If you are approaching this area on Hwy 181 from Morganton,, you do not need to go all the way to the Parkway,, but instead when you reach Jonas Ridge,, make a right onto Mortimer Road,, which happens to be SR1518, and right across the road from the Marathon station, go about 2 miles and then right onto SR464. Hope this helps someone not add extra miles onto their navigation as I did.. You will likely not have the benefit of a phone signal for gps navigation. Great trail,, Beautiful waterfall, great camping spots. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Spectacular views

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hiked entire loop c my 12 yo daughter. Fabulous hike...beautiful. It went way faster than I had initial impression. Had a big thunderstorm drop lots of rain that made creek crossing fun for a boater, horrifying for non-water people. Takeaway points: 1) GPS exquisitely helpful or good map skills, 2) whoever is leaving flags on the trees kudos 3) as a paddler the bush-whacking is pretty easy and stream crossing is a definite possibility if it rains in the watershed. That being said I can see how people could be overwhelmed pretty easily at some spots. Would have no issues taking our dog as long as we weren't sliding down the second slide at Harpers as a diversion ...that is steep, slick, and my dog can't climb ropes(though her backpack harness would work fine)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hiked to the falls and back out. Several good camping sites about 1 1/2 miles in. Then a creek crossing that was knee deep. One good camping site just below the falls but it's kinda treacherous to reach with your gear on and most of the firewood is gone at this spot. Loved it, beautiful area great hike.

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