Kitsuma and Swannanoa Creek

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Kitsuma and Swannanoa Creek is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Old Fort, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,801 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

over grown

off trail

historic site

Hike up and over Kitsuma Mountain from Piney Creek Church on Old US 70. Bushwhack to Swannanoa Creek. Return to cars along Swannanoa Creek on the old stagecoach trail, which is not much of a trail anymore for much of its length.

hiking
4 months ago

Interesting hike. Segment along Swannanoa Creek is reputed to be the old stagecoach road to Asheville. Note interesting stone work at former bridge crossing and culverts. At least 2 Civil War era gravesites (see photos). Old roadbed remains but can be tricky to follow. Crosses railroad near upper end of creek. See my photo for actual track on the old roadbed which follows closely along creek all the way up to Swannanoa Gap. The Alltrails track is not accurate with regard to the route of the old stagecoach road!

5 months ago

Kitsuma trail out was great. However the return trail is not where it is shown on the map. Looks like whoever recorded it turned off the recording while they followed the railroad tracks and turned it back on when they reached the old stagecoach trail. Hence the perfectly straight line on the map that crosses the stream several times. I followed the tracks for a while and ended up going back up the embankment to the paved trail to get back.

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