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The Boogerman Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Waynesville, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.3 mi Elevation gain 1,128 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Horseback riding Running Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Washed out No dogs
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North Carolina Div. Of Travel and Tourism, 301 N. Wilmington Street , Raleigh, NC, 27601, Phone: 919-733-4171

Directions from Waterville, NC: Take the twisty SR 32 south approximately 10 - 12 miles to the Chataloochee Campground. The road will fork and you will want to bear right.

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Brad Whitcomb
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Fun trail but not for inexperienced hikers. Hike requires several stream crossings with water mid thigh deep.

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ryan mcdonnell
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Ashley Gulley
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Hiking

A lot of water crossing kinda tuff but fun

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David Hartman
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If you go clockwise, the first 2/3 is an easy stroll through a really cool forest. Real big trees, you can stand inside one of them. We were looking forward to seeing old historic buildings or remnants of them, but there are only a few stone walls here and there. Last 3rd through the water crossings was very tough. Total of 7 unabridged water crossings, you will 100% need some sort of walking stick to get through them. Water was about 2 ish feet deep. We wore hiking sandals and were fine. Beware, 1 of the crossings you do have to walk through a side creek in order to catch back up to the trail.

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Sandy Hunter
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John Conklin
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HikingBlowdownBugs

Hiked it yesterday. Saw very fresh bear scat on Boogerman. I experienced the same as others have pointed out: beware the park service advises you go counter clockwise which is wrong (go out boogerman and return on caldwell). Although we skipped the washed out section of Caldwell and did a larger loop past campsites 40 and 41. Was following (and caught up to) a large elk in the final section of the loop (before hitting the road). Total loop was 13 miles with just over the last 3 on the road.

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Pegi OHagan
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Hiking

We hiked clockwise and are happy we did! All water crossings in last 3 miles that way. Trail is sure rocky in places but nothing too onerous.

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Dennis Dekker
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HikingFlooded

Nice hike but you might consider bringing some swimming gear. The water crossings on the Caldwell Fork Trail are wide and knee deep.

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Danny Gamez
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Travel CLOCKWISE so that the several water crossings are near the end of the hike. IDK why but the park recommends counterclockwise. Lots of bothersome gnats and insects today 7/3/20 cool well maintained trail. At a few water crossings I couldn’t determine, from usually two options, where the trail picked up but the options seemed to converge along the way so probably can’t go to wrong. One or two spots would benefit from a blaze. The water crossings were refreshing but as deep as thigh high. We hit the trailhead at 0945 and at a casual pace with brief snack break we were back at the car at 1345.

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Robert Womack
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Hiking

Went clockwise. Enjoyed the trail - some challenges and some easy stretches. Some of the tributaries require some careful navigation - slick rocks and logs. The Caldwell Fork crossing is not for the faint of heart - the water was about 15’ wide and 3’ high in some places and was moving rapidly. There has been a good bit of rain recently, so perhaps the creek was out of the ordinary. The forest service had apparently just been through and cut some good size trees that had fallen over the trail - everything was clear.

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Josh Hill
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My wife and I hiked this trail 7 years ago when she was pregnant with our daughter. Today we took my daughter on the trail for the first time in 7 years. Be prepared to walk through Caldwell Creek and crawling on some rocks to get to the other side of the trail. Numerous flooding over the last few years have washed parts of the trail and bridges away. Great adventurous hike for a 6 year old.

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Daniel Stokoe
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Closure update as of June 3rd 2020 - Cove Creek road IS now open. However the park itself is closed. Ran into some construction folks who said the Rangers told them yesterday that the park itself was currently without power and they don’t expect to open it until the week of June 12, 2020. You can drive up Cove Creek Road, but as soon as you enter park lands, the road is gated closed.

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Chase Wells
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HikingBridge out

All around great hike. Bring water shoes for several knee-deep creek crossings. Some uphill ascent in the beginning (going clockwise) and only one steep spell later on. The rest is casual, beautiful walking. Took 3.5 hours at a sturdy pace with a few breaks. Only cell service you can get (Verizon) is at the halfway point of the loop.

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Kat Howard
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HikingBridge out

Great trail to hike for the day. We didn't see anyone the entire time. We went clockwise as recommended and although you do gain some elevation it is not unrelenting. Very secluded and peaceful. The old stone fence and old forest trees made the hike interesting. Several water crossings due to bridges being out. We brought water shoes and hiking poles and made it across just fine. Water was below the knee at the deepest point.(I'm 5'7") After the hike we continued down the road and watched the elk and visited the old town. It was a great day full of adventure.

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B J R
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HikingBridge out

Doing this clockwise makes a lot of sense. Thanks to those who recommended that direction. Last 3 miles are very wet due to bridges being out. We just waded through with boots on, as we were already wet from the usual late July rains. It took us 4.5 hours, including breaks.

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Mia Lombardo
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Hiking

It was a nice walk through the woods. Probably better for trail running. Lots of river crossings the last mile or so. Lots of taking shoes off, wading through knee deep water. Than shoes on. Wish I had worn my Luna running shoes or water hiking keens. Trail was easy enough for these shoes. I ended up taking a dip in the high water. It was the best part of the trail. It was. Nice walk. Would call it an easy hike. There was really only one area where it was steep for about 0.1 miles. Probably wouldn’t do it again, but would wear water shoes if I did.

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Clay D
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HikingBridge outMuddy

I'm not exactly an expert hiker but this one was TOUGH, a lot of steep upward elevation, on the second half though theres a gradual decline with river crossings, 6 of them if memory serves. be prepared to take your shoes off frequently, but it was very refreshing at the end of a tough hike!

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Elizabeth Lehmenkuler
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Hiking

Usually I wouldn’t give a low rating but this trail was not very well marked from the start. We found the trail head no problem but as we hiked, it got a bit confusing. Would only recommend if you know the trail or have a detailed map.

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Sam Winsor
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Hiking

This is a great trail!! Bring your water shoes and shorts!

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Jaime Lee
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HikingMuddyWashed out

Totally a great trail. Nice and secluded with a beautiful canopy. There were stretches of soft flat trail between the more challenging bits that give you a nice break. So glad I read reviews before hand because you definitely need water shoes. I too recommend doing the loop clockwise because the biggest water crossings are in the last 3 miles. I’m 5’8 and some of the crossing had water going up to my mid thigh. I grabbed a nice sturdy stick to help keep my balance on the slippery rocks. Still a ton of fun and it took us about 5 hours.

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Leah Fisher
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We liked this trail a lot. We did the 7.3 mile loop on the last Saturday in May and didn’t run into anybody. We had to cross water at knee height (I’m 5’1”) in 6 places. It made for a cool adventure.

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Mary Hollis
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailRockyWashed out

I'm giving this 5 stars because it was quite an adventure! Beautiful LARGE old trees, an interesting stone wall & many monarch butterflies. I did the loop but my GPS mileage at the end was 8.9, which makes sense if you add the 1.6 (.8 x 2) to get to the start of Boogerman to the 7.3 miles stated in the trail description. I went clockwise & the first 4 miles were really nice! The lower part & west side of the loop was very challenging - 10 river crossings, 4 with bridges - so 6 crossings! I brought my TEVA water sandals, thank goodness! 2 crossings were no problem, but 4 of them the water was up past my knees & moving quite fast. Also, Caldwell Fork Trail is used by horses. And with horses comes horse poop. With horse poop comes flies & other bugs. VERY BUGGY!! The horses also muddied up some of the low trail areas & it wasn't passable without sinking into the mud. The Boogerman Trail done as an out & back is rated correctly - Moderate. But the Boogerman Loop with all the river crossings, horse manure, mud & bugs should be rated as DIFFICULT.

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Stephen Sammons
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HikingBugsMuddy

Six or so river crossings that make it a bit more challenging than most moderate trails.

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