Moutains-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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
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.
Great overlook, moderate hike. Quick, easy, close to town.
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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.
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.