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Rich Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail

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Rich Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 12.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Marshall, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,087 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


bird watching



wild flowers



over grown

Note: Users have reported that the Roundtop Ridge Trail section of this loop is overgrown and contains significant amounts of brush and fallen trees.

over grown
10 months ago

DO NOT HIKE THIS TRAIL!!! The AT section was beautiful and strenuous but a good hike. Once we took the left after about 7 miles onto Roundtop Ridge Trail (or boundary trail). The next 2 miles were awful with lots of brush and briars and many large fallen trees requiring slow climbing over and around. It was slightly dangerous at times. This trail needs maintenance badly. Apparently a few forest fires in recent years has wrecked it but if it's not going to be maintained, it should be closed before someone gets hurt.