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Mountains to Sea Trail: Folk Art Center to Haw Creek Overlook

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Mountains to Sea Trail: Folk Art Center to Haw Creek Overlook is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Asheville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers 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 but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 823 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The hike begins at Folk Art Center on the Mountains-to Sea Trail heading North to an area just above the Haw Creek Valley Overlook. The hike is a steady up hill climb to the top of the mountain above Haw Creek Valley. Trail follows Blue Ridge Parkway roadway North from Folk Art Center MP 382.0 to mountain just above Haw Creek Valley Overlook MP 380. There is a lot of roadway noise on this trail from traffic traveling on the Parkway. Lots of wild mushrooms and some wildflowers.

hiking
7 hours ago

Right next to the road for the entire trail so there’s tons of road noise. Nothing particularly interesting and the end view was mediocre. Wouldn’t do again

hiking
4 days ago

It’s average. Nothing overly special about the view.

We took this 3-mi out and back from the BRP mile marker 391 trailhead.

Nice wide trail. Good exercise hike.

hiking
1 month ago

this trail is fine, not great. you can hear cars on blue ridge parkway most of the hike

Loved this trail! Amazing easy trail. Great shade. Well kept. Pretty side Mountain View. A little traffic noise at certain points, but lovely overall. Will return.

1 month ago

Not good for views, and it's noisy being along the BRP in some parts. It's great for a solid walk/run through the woods with a little elevation change that will increase your HR a bit. Haw Creek overlook is a pretty resting point before turning back or continuing on. I'll save it for week-day trips when I want a workout without driving very far!

hiking
2 months ago

good trail. nothing extravagant but nice

Fairly easy hike. We stopped at a pull off on blue ridge and walked to the folk center and back. Felt we could do more so went past our car and turned around. Some good uphills but nothing too strenuous. Saw a couple handfuls of ppl.

Nice walk along the Blue Ridge Parkway

3 months ago

Started along the trail, immediately realized it followed the parkway too closely. Turned back. If I wanted to walk along a road and hear tire noise I'd just do that. Drove 20min to high windy and got what I was looking for.

This is a nice little challenging hike. It offers beautiful views and a good hills. The trail was easy to follow.

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muddy
4 months ago

good hike. many trail runners. lots of dogs. it was a weekend and the blue ridge parkway was closed, so it may have been more crowded than normal

hiking
5 months ago

Walked part of trail, ending at viaduct With Mary Lou

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked in January 2019. Nice walk and well marked but near the road and can hear vehicles. Good sunset view at end of this hike. No signs for overlook, but pretty obvious branch point.

We loved this trail! Gorgeous views all the way and then a breath taking viewpoint at the end!

hiking
6 months ago

Narrow, heavily trafficked trail. Turned back after about 1.5mi because we kept having to get off the path to let others by. As far as we got, we were never more than 75 yards from the road. Maybe it was unusually busy, but not conducive to a relaxing hike, particularly if you have a dog.

hiking
7 months ago

The ascents take a good amount of effort...The trail is right beside the road so not much tranquility. The Haw Creek lookout gives a decent West-looking mountain view. There's no signpost to mark the lookout point, but there's an unmistakable path that branches off from the main trail. If you go past it, it's about 2000ft more of a *difficult* hike up to the top of the hill. The view from that spot is more quiet, but depending on how bare the trees are will determine how good of a view you get.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Lots of leaves right now so can be slippery after a rain. But well groomed overall and great view.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is good for mountain running! it goes on and on and it is well labeled.

Great hike! My wife and I are novices and we did just fine. As others have said, turn left at the white and red circle blazes near the top, for a nice overlook and place to stop for a snack. Very nice trail! A little slippy here and there, thanks to fallen leaves and rain the day before — but that’s to be expected. I’d reccommend it to anyone who’s done a few 2-3 hour hikes and wants a medium challenge.

There was a lot of tree branches and leaves. Luckily the trail is marked so that you don’t get lost.

Lower end of moderate hike. A couple good hills, overall a beautiful walk in the woods. The traffic noise wasn’t too bothersome. At the 2.5 mile mark, there is a tree with a white and red blaze. Turn left there for the overlook. If you miss it and continue straight, it is a steep climb for about .2mile.

This is a moderately trafficked trail and dog friendly. We ran into several dogs and they were all well behaved. If you want experience fall foliage, I would wait one more week. We were there on 10-18-19 and the leaves had barely changed. There are lots of pull offs along the Blue Ridge Parkway for easy trail access.

hiking
8 months ago

Wonderful moderate intensity trail. Keep following the white circles and when you get to a tree with a white and red circle veer to the left and that’s the view you’ve been walking towards. The Blue Ridge parkway is noisy, but I didn’t feel like it took away from the hike.

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rocky
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Trail is in good condition, but it is very close to the Blueridge Parkway. i felt like I was walking in the median of an interstate a lot of the time. Nice view at the end.

Nice 5 mile hike with changing elevation and a hella nice view to take in at the top.

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