Harper Creek Trail and Raider Camp Creek Trail Loop

MODERATE 16 reviews
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Harper Creek Trail and Raider Camp Creek Trail Loop is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Collettsville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.4 miles
1,423 feet

dogs on leash





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1 month ago

Harper Creek Falls Trail was an excellent hike. It was very beautiful! I highly recommend going there on a hot summer day. Jumping into the water at the base of the falls was refreshing to say the least. There is many campsites along the trail that looked ideal for future visits. A permit is required to camp along the trail. I will be going back.

3 months ago

started from the kawana side, about 8.5 miles and counted 6 waterfalls. Beautiful loop, highly recommend.

3 months ago

Started the hike April 28 at 9:45AM. Took the right fork in the trail at the Y intersection. Hiked 4.9 miles and made camp. Trail is not well kept as we are used to on our Appalachian Trail hikes. Just keep following blaze marks on trail. Many water crossings where u will get wet, water up to knees or above. We took Water shoes to keep our boots and socks dry, and kept water shoes on for several crossings. Made camp at 2:00PM. Hiked 8.6 April 29. Most beautiful hike I have ever been on. Very challenging but rewarding. Do not get in a hurry on this hike. Some trails are no more than a wash out, going up the side of mountain. Beautiful waterfalls and a very high rock wall. Trip would be more difficult if left fork is taken at Y intersection, about a mile from start. Water crossings where u will get wet every 1/10 mile in some areas. I would not recommend for kids. Overall very satisfied. 4 stars well deserved . The only reason I didn’t rate a 5 Star was some of the trails not easily marked, but it is a wilderness hike, and we were never lost!

3 months ago

Beautiful trail, but the 8 miles listed above is wrong. My GPS clocked this loop at over 12 miles, and I met other hikers who said the same thing. The west and north sides of the loop were very poorly maintained, so bring a compass and pay close attention to your map. Also, there’s a really bad washout on the west side of the loop that was almost impassable as of April 21 2018. There are over 12 stream crossings on the north side, so avoid this trail if the water is high. When the water is low be prepared to get wet up to your knees. If you like adventure, this trail is for you

3 months ago

Tried this hike and was unable to get past either of the first creeks. Got to the one on Raider Camp and it was high and running hard. Decided to try the other way and the first crossing on Harper Creek Trail was higher and faster. I'll go back in the summer! Don't miss the side hike to Harper falls though, that was worth the trip.

6 months ago

Beautiful, easy, refreshing watering hole!

7 months ago

Hiked this late December. Trail was scantily marked on West and North sides, and was difficult to maintain in areas due to downed trees and debris. Be prepared for the creek crossings, they are a challenge if you’re trying to avoid getting wet.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Prepare to get wet on some of the creek crossings. Trails can be poorly marked at times.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Poorly marked, tricky creek crossings, and a set of washed out switchbacks, but an exciting rewarding hike. Had a great time.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017