Thompson Ridge Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
#108 of 147 trails in

Thompson Ridge Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pisgah Forest, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.1 miles
2,326 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


don't come at this trail from the west side of yellow gap road during the winter unless you're prepared to walk an extra 3 miles. they close the road. otherwise, it's a great hike. beautiful views of sone small creek falls and the further up you get some good views of the inn and parkway. coming back though, make sure to have your GPS ready because it's really easy to miss your turn and you end up on pilot rock trail.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thompson is a beautiful trail. The lower section is easy, but as soon as the trail turns to the right it tilts up pretty good and the going gets much tougher. You can make a nice loop out of it by going up Thompson and then turn right and go back down hill on Pilot Rock trail

Sunday, February 22, 2015

My husband and I always took this trail head to get deep into the forest for a days hunting trip. Never knew it was a real trail.

Saturday, June 03, 2017