Pulliam Creek Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Flat Rock, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length5.7 miElevation gain1,033 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Please note that though this trail is moderate, many people choose to take a more challenging route. If you take the Rouge Trail down to the narrows, it is extremely difficult, as you will be using ropes tied to trees to help you down and up.

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Liz Palermo
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Harmony Harrison
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Great hike!!! Beautiful views! Definitely worth repelling down to see the waterfall.

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Nicole Young
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nice trail...have done this before....however, just drove by the entrance. this weather has beaten up these trails. I could see at least 3 trees down across the trail. still awesome with obstacles.

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Flimsy Recommendation
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joe d
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way too many people there for it to be a gameland trail.

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Jesús Sáez Gimeno
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Erdem Alpay
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Worth to do it.

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Robert Roy
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Jill Stevenson
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Nice winter hiking. Cool views of the Narrows.

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Jay Craig
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Heather Schwendner
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Isabel Schultz
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Loved this trail as not too busy and a lot of it is along the creek below. Mostly downhill out and up back but not crazy hard. Slight challenge but doable creek crossing at the end of December but part of the fun! Beautiful rapids and big boulders at the end of the trail - perfect spot for lunch. Can add in the Narrows on way out or back or as an alternate destination. We ran out of time but would do next time- looked challenging but manageable (for two 50 year old fit folks & 2 teens). Highly reco this trail.

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Maegan Davis
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Easy to moderate beautiful hike with lots of views along the trail. You get the benefits of high elevation without feeling like you’re climbing strenuously. There were multiple spots by the creek to rest. We are excited to come back and check out the other trails along the main route. Like another reviewer mentioned, the trail begins at a small wooden bridge off the side of the road. If you get to what looks like a wider trail off the road with a metal gate, you’ve gone a bit too far (the trail is on the other side of the road.)

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Kenneth Fowler
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Libby Fisher
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Very nice hike beside creek, several cascades and small waterfalls to admire. Some big blowdowns from Zeta but manageable. The creek crossing is a little challenging, but even if you decide to stop there, it’s a great place for a rest/lunch/snack. Very few folks out today. The Narrows section looks cool but didn’t want to do that with the dog in tow so will be back.

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Briahna Wenke
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Awesome! Technical and good training for runners. Some spots were tricky to get thrown off track a bit, but nothing me and the pooch couldn’t navigate.

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Ali Cole
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Debbie Hunt
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This is a great trail. I didn’t have enough time to do the whole thing but it is beautiful. Wear good shoes as the trail is rocky and rooty. A walking stick would be a good idea.

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Robert Hunter
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I hiked this alone as far as the ropes to the narrows. Beautiful hike, the creek is normally a rock hop. If you’re fit and trust ropes tied by others, maybe.

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Isaiah Swanson
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This is such a beautiful trail! Downhill hiking in, slightly uphill going out. Be prepared to make a simple creek crossing if you desire. I highly recommend taking the plunge to The Narrows, but it is pretty gruelling. I was so happy I brought a snack and lots of water for that section. Gorgeous and worth it!

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Tyler Goff
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John Hernick
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Great trail with some nice looking side hikes that we skipped

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Harrison Hargett
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Katie Burke
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Nice trail with lots of shade and the sounds of the water all the way down to the creek. Crossed it easily and headed up the hill, past the trail to the narrows, to the rushing creek. Took the trail to the Narrows on the way back, which was tough but worth it, to make just under 9 miles. Beautiful flowers and not a lot of people.

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Kady Mae Brotherton
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Beautiful trail with gorgeous river views. The poison ivy is no joke, though! We had to dodge it through some narrow parts of the trail. Might be a better hike for winter. If you take the trail all the way to the river opening, it winds up being closer to 8 miles, but worth the trek. The walk back is almost all uphill - quite the workout!

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John L
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Well marked trail! Too much poison ivy along the trail. We prefer more water along the trail.

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George Havrilak
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Did this trail on April 18th- my favorite thus far. Picnic lunch at the river. Warning: this is an out and back - the elevation is all on the way back! :). Almost entirely shaded. Perfect hike.

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Jennifer Barksdale
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Fun trail- didn’t make it past the creek as the water was too high after a week of constant rain. But I’d love to come back and try again. Did see a baby black snack along the trail maybe 14” long.

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Leslie MacKeen
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Loved this hike! Shaded almost the entire way. Towards the end there is a fork, we went right (this map would take you left). It’s steep down to the river by the path on the right but has a lovely reward of nice areas to sit and relax by the river. Passed a few people but not crowded.

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