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Raider's Camp Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Collettsville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.0 mi Elevation gain 1,496 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Waterfall

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Geraldine Goertzen
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Hiking

Had a great hike with the two bulldogs on this trail. Lost the trail a couple times. We started out in hiking boots, and were glad. There’s a small climb to begin. About 1.5 miles in, at an area that is an open camping area, turn left to cross the river and get on this trail. We missed that turn and backtracked. You cross a small stream that can be crossed by rock hopping. Then you come to a larger river. We removed our hiking boots and put on water shoes for this. It was just above our knees. The dogs were able to cross with a little help. We ended up crossing at a different spot than marked on the trail. The trail narrows for a short time after this crossing. We kept our water shoes on until we returned and crossed the river again. The entire trail is pretty shady with lots of poison ivy. There are a lot of small water rivulets for the dogs in the first half of the trail, but not the second half. There are Mountain View’s through the trees on the second half of the trail. We did not see another person after we crossed the river. In the second half of the trail, we got off the map and, despite backtracking while watching the map, could not find the trail. I think the app is wrong. We ended up on a rocky outcropping with a glorious view of a water slide, so maybe we were where we were meant to be. It was a great day. Our distance was 8.8 miles.

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Valarie Cassini
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Wide, level trail with multiple waterfalls, several can only be seen in winter. It is a nice loop with harpers creek #260 and 2 more waterfalls

Serena Zagst
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Backpacking
First to Review

We chose a hot summer day to hike and camp on this trail. Crossing the creek was challenging as you're gonna need to go barefoot or have water shoes if the water is high. Have a walking stick handy for balance. Made camp on the creek about 1/3 the way up the trail and hiked the rest of the trail without gear the next morning. Steady incline heading out, without gear it wasn't too bad, but if you're out of shape you may need to rest along the way. It's mostly shaded in the summer which kept it cooler, but we were still sweating pretty good. There are lots of turn-offs from the trail and it seemed like the actual trail wasn't always clearly marked, so I'd suggest getting a map from the Wilson Creek Welcome Center, we were glad we did. Even still we didn't end up at the waterfall marked as South Harper's Creek Falls, according to pictures. We ended up at a small cascading waterfall, so we missed the trail marker. We didn't mind, still took a dip and headed back out as it was getting hot. Use bug spray, we did but still pulled a lot of ticks off two of us and our dog. Be wary of mountain bikers and bring water. Took us about 1.5 hrs to hike from the creek crossing to the west end of the trail, and about 1 hr the way back to the creek crossing, as it was mostly downhill. Pretty enjoyable hike, lots of flora and fauna to discover. I would do it again, maybe in cooler weather.

Danl K.
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Backpacking
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Joshua Hill
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Hiking
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