Raider's Camp Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Collettsville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. 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.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,702 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

4 months ago

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

backpacking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
Saturday, September 23, 2017