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

MODERATE 313 reviews
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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

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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
10 days 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
10 days ago

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

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
1 month 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.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 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.

Well marked. Pretty stroll in woods. HOWEVER you might as well be in New York City’ Times Square. The loud traffic noises, from the very visible road next to you, esp from Easy Rider wannabe motorcycles rigged to make a lot of noise dont allow anyone to ever truly feel he or she is in nature. Rather a pretty sidewalk in Manhattan.

Good uphill workout going out. Pretty view and nice slabs of rock to sit on at the lookout. Only giving 4 stars because I could hear quite a bit of traffic noise from the parkway.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a two hour hike about 4 miles. Nice view of Asheville.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was in great shape. The only reason it's getting 4 stars is the road noise with how close you are to the blue ridge parkway

hiking
4 months ago

Nice woods, lots of mushrooms, but lots of traffic noise.

running
4 months ago

Trail not well marked at the road crossings (at least from the direction I ran). Added on a couple of miles.

hiking
4 months ago

Great local trail, easy in and out. Recently completed it for the 2nd time. Great views from the Haw Creek lookout. Only slight down side is road noise from the Parkway.

Nice view of northeast Asheville from a rocky area at the end. Shaded trail but I’m pretty sure that was poison ivy at several spots. Not super well marked, but for the most part, it’s pretty intuitive to follow (white trail markers).

Dog friendly, wildflowers, lots of mushrooms, not difficult but steady. Craggy and has the potential for mud.

hiking
4 months ago

A really nice walk through the woods and a good view at haw creek overlook. There are definitely bears so make noise if you’re going at a quiet time or are solo. A little bit of traffic noise but not bad, especially early in the day.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail had recently been cared for and was in excellent condition.

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

Trail was awesome! Except the mosquitos. I sprayed myself with deep woods bug spray and the bugs flipped me the middle finger. They even tried biting my eyes. I walked about three miles up hill to a sign that said graveyard and I got really excited but the bugs just stayed on me and it made it miserable.

Would have loved to complete this hike but was interrupted by a bear and her cub so I had to turn around. :( I recommend coming at a busier time when there’s more traffic so you don’t have the same problem!

6 months ago

well maintained, but not much to see other than lovely woods.

6 months ago

Noise was insignificant. Good day out and only 10 Min drive from Asheville

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely worth it for the view. A few pushes seemed more than “moderate.” Would definitely do again.

hiking
6 months ago

It is very close to the interstate and it distracts from being in the woods.

6 months ago

Very nice trail located close to Ashville. Nice elevation changes and not too busy. There is some road noise but it's minimal and not bothersome at all. This trail can be as long as you want it to be also. Ours ended up being a total of 9 miles and saw a couple of small waterfalls.

hiking
7 months ago

I picked this trail because I was hiking alone for a quick afternoon outing. The reviews made it seem that the trail was heavily used and I was happy with that. I did not see a single other hiker after the first 1/4 mile, and was walking through webs across the trail. In a way this was great, the scenery was beautiful and the trail is well marked and well kept. The problem was I was solo. I made plenty of noise, talked the the squirrels, shook my rain coat and let out the sporadic yelp. All to no avail. About a mile in I came across a good size black bear on the trail....with her cubs. It ended well, as you can tell from the fact that I am typing this, but be aware this trail is not overly well used. This incident was May 3, 2019 about 3pm a mile in.

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