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

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Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Folk Art Center to Haw Creek Overlook is a 5 mile moderately 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

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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
2 months ago

if you can get out and hike in the snow it is a winter wonderland..parkway is closed so park at gate and walk in to trail or stay on parkway..beautiful!!!

hiking
2 months ago

always something different to see with the changing seasons..we headed towards the Folk Art Center and then trek to Rattlesnake Lodge..great hike with changing elevations. Bring water for you and your 4 legged friend although you can get water at Folk Art Center

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Loved the trail ... close to the road but well marked ...

6 months ago

Nice woodland trail. The BRP noise is very distracting.

7 months ago

Decent trail. Never found the red dot or the overlook which would have been nice.

trail running
7 months ago

8 months ago

There are several road crossings. Something I would liked to have known beforehand.

9 months ago

this was a very challenging hike and something to think about. it has a steep ascent and the views are ok. take you time because its a ling haul to the top.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Hiked this one today from the folk center to cravens gap. About 10.6 round trip. The overlook at about the 2.3 mile point was the best part of the trip. It is marked by a red paint spot on the south side of a large tree. Long hike with a lot of up.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

No vistas on the piece that we hiked. Nice to get into the mountains from Asheville, great fall colors , but limited views from the trail.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Great overlook, moderate hike. Quick, easy, close to town.

hiking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

Good hike -

hiking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Nice trail. Close to Blue Ridge Parkway, so some traffic noise in spots. We didn't mind, though. Good walk if your time is limited and you want to stay close to downtown area.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

We could not find the tree with the red heart and black dot in it @ the 2.3 mile point from the Folk Arts Center. Path near roads may bother hiking purists.

hiking
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A nice hike from the Bull Mountain area. Worth the view from the Haw Creek Overlook!

hiking
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Nice easy hike. Great view of Haw Creek Valley. Serious poison ivy for early in season.

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rolling hills and not very strenuous. My gps logged the mileage at 6.8 and my Apple Watch logged 6.4. Both are definitely more than five, so it was a little long for the first of the season.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The trail was good, very easy. It was about 6 miles there and back and a good brisk walk with the dog, but the trail runs right by the parkway and fenced off property, so it didn't quite feel like I was escaping the city. Good for a quick hike, but nothing scenic or quiet

trail running
Saturday, September 26, 2015

I've run this trail lots of times. It's super fun, with a little difficulty (for running, hiking not so much). We live in this area and love this trail. When you run though, keep one eye on the ground as there are several spots with rocks and roots that can trip you up.

Have fun!

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