Lower China Creek

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Lower China Creek is a 4.6 mile loop trail located near Lenoir, North Carolina that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.6 miles
603 feet

dogs on leash


mountain biking

trail running


27 days ago

Hiked this trail today. After parking on Globe Road, walk up the Jeep road thru the gate that does not say Keep Out. About a quarter mile in the trail breaks off to left between two trees marked with white paint. About a half mile down trail you have to cross stream above a pretty cascade. Too deep to cross this time of year without getting feet wet so we turned back.

2 months ago

The waterfall is very pretty. The walk by the creek is nice. I didn’t complete the loop because the logging road is in full sun and I was over heating (health condition). I hiked down the creek from the logging road and and connected with the other creek on the other side of the loop, on the shady trail, thanks to the All Trails map. Besides two fishermen, I was the only person on the trail. BY the way, you are able to drive your car on the gravel road off of Globe Road to the trailhead. Look for the strip of white paint on a tree on the left hand side. That is the trailhead. Even though it is a one lane road, you can park on the side of it. There are areas wide enough. I parked on Globe Road and walked in to the trailhead. Happy trails!

Friday, July 21, 2017

This trail has a lot of potential, but is incredibly overgrown, completely unmarked, and difficult to follow. The trailhead itself is difficult to find, but is marked by white spray paint on a tree a little way down an old gravel road. You have to walk through the gate to find it. You'll walk along the creek for the majority of the hike, but when you come to an overgrown service road, turn and go back, as this trail is not actually a loop. If you continue uphill from the road, you'll start on a different trail that'll take you way off course. While it was an enjoyable, cool hike, it was frustrating trying to keep on course.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It was a nice trail, but hard to find. Have to park on the side of the road near a long gate. At the middle of the loop it is easy to go off trail and follow the overgrown road, make sure to make the correct (left) turn!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Trail is pretty unmarked. Difficult to find at first, but was very nice on the western side of the trail for first 2 miles that crosses a stream a handful of time; eastern half for the most part follows an access road that isn't very exciting.

Monday, September 05, 2016

I hiked this trail last week and it is very pretty, well built but NOT easy. It was 2+ miles DOWN to a beautiful cascade falls, I assume Thunder Hole, then 2+ miles UP. The upper trail head is across from the equestrian center on Laurel road just west of Blowing Rock on 221.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

We could not find the trail.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Great trail located near Blowing Rock off Globe Rd. We didn't complete the loop but parts of it lead to a few great swimming holes. Our dogs certainly loved it!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

We may not have found the correct trail... But it appeared to be a logging road that went along the China Brook. It was very nice our dog really enjoyed it. Relatively easy. After four miles out we decided to turn around. Very pleasant.

Dog paw friendly. About three and half miles and you cross the creek stop and enjoy the scenery.

trail running
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Agree with the guy below, the loop of this trail with Globe Rd is the way to go! Amazing trail and surprised at it's lack of usage. Nice swimming holes near the bottom.

mountain biking
Friday, May 11, 2012

For a guy like me this trail is a great workout. I think the info here at alltrails is a little off. I rode down Globe rd. and up the china creek trail and it's a pretty long climb, quite a bit more than the 250 ft quoted here. The gentleman at Footslaugers outfitters in Blowing rock said a friend of his told him from the top of china creek trail you could bushwack to connect with RT 221 and so I was determined to do this rather than riding back down and then up Globe road. I should add that local maps do not show this trail as a loop and my experience riding it confirms that but after many creek crossings and quite, some time climbing, probably two hours for me, the creek has become much smaller and the trail takes an unexpected switchback to the left and up, of course. At what I assume is the top of this switchback section there is a trail branching off to the right, continuing uphill whereas the original trail goes downhill. Following this trail, more grueling switchbacks, I reached Laurel road where a rt turn returned me to downtown Blowing Rock. This trail is Upper Thunderhole trail and next time I will start there and ride down the creek and back up Globe road.

Overall a great trail, tricky at spots technically but nothing crazy. Riding down Globe road and up China Creek is a long tough climb and not a casual bike ride. I can imaging downhillers would enjoy this ride the other direction; Upper Thunderhole to China creek trail but be prepared for the long climb back up Globe road.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday, March 08, 2013