Mountains to Sea Trail: Bearpen Gap to Ox Creek

HARD 3 reviews

Mountains to Sea Trail: Bearpen Gap to Ox Creek is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Barnardsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,010 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

scenic driving

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

rocky

scramble

Take the Blue Ridge Parkway up and turn left on Stoney Fork Rd. Go all the way up to Bear Pen Gap by taking a right turn at the triangle.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a very tough hike. You start up very high at Bear Pen Gap just below Craggy Gardens. You park in the parking lot and the trailhead starts on the right pass the bathrooms up near the picnic area. You will have major climbs, rock ground, and some nice views! The terrain is almost always rocky and rooty. There are a few sections of smooth, grassy trail but they don't last long. This trail is a workout and very strenous!