Three Top Mountain Trail

HARD 15 reviews

Three Top Mountain Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Creston, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from September until November.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1207 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Challenge to find trailhead but worth it. Traveling North on Three Top Rd from Todd, make a right onto Eller Rd just before the town of Creston. Eller immediately becomes Hidden Valley Rd. follow this road until it becomes gravel. It will change names to Oak and then Poplar. Ignore No Trespassing signs. You will pass through several neighborhoods. Approx 1 mi., From where the gravel began ,you will make a hard right turn on Poplar. Entrance will be on left marked with very small sign NWCRG. .4 mile to parking. Trailhead on right marked with low brown bar gate. The trail is not marked and is not well travelled. However it is more or less an ATV trail that is wide and obvious. In first section you will cross three streams and then head up the ridge. Significant canopy and heavy brush in places. Very little flat areas on switchbacks to catch your breath. View from top is amazing in all directions.

2 months ago

3 months ago

4 months ago

Was a good leg burning rocky and Eroded but fun the last little bit was Groad up pretty good in weeds but definitely worth it amazing view

5 months ago

Awesome hike. Great leg workout. Trailhead tricky to find, but you will run into a circle at the end of the road to park on. Several "no trespassing" signs, but neighborhood gentleman told us to continue on. Vegetation encroached on part of the trail. View made the effort WELL worth it. Do this hike if you want a workout and reward at the end.

backpacking
6 months ago

Begins very pretty but becomes rocky and steep with several switchbacks. The summit is well worth it with an amazing view of the ridge line and wild blueberries when in season. It is a game land so be aware of safety during hunting season.

hiking
8 months ago

9 months ago

More of an old logging road, steep, but the views are well worth it!

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

I did not enjoy the actual trail at all, as it is really a road rather than a trail. Very gravelly, very steep, and not a fun climb. That being said, the last bit of the climb is an actual trail, and the view from Huckleberry Knob is astounding. I looked for a trail to the other visible peak, but could not find one. I have since learned that it is called Big Rock, and it is only available by bushwhacking across the ridge from Huckleberry Knob. So, in spite of my dislike for the trail itself, I will be going back to reach that other peak.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Very enjoyable, fantastic view worth the hike. Note, following directions from another review once turn on Poplar travel 1/4 mile to entrance in left ... marked with sign that reads "access road to NC wildlife game lands" then its .4 miles to gate. Park at gate.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Love this hike. The way up is pretty simple, somewhat strenuous, but nothing too hard. The view at the top is absolutely amazing. After going there just once, I can't stop thinking about the 2nd trip. Might go camping on the peak someday, and I plan on going back whenever the leaves change in the fall.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Kind of steep and strenuous, but the view makes it worth it! Shorter than I thought, just have to power through

Sunday, January 17, 2016

hiking
Saturday, January 02, 2016

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Challenge to find trailhead but worth it. Traveling North on Three Top Rd from Todd, make a right onto Eller Rd just before the town of Creston. Eller immediately becomes Hidden Valley Rd. follow this road until it becomes gravel. It will change names to Oak and then Poplar. Ignore No Trespassing signs. You will pass through several neighborhoods. Approx 1 mi., From where the gravel began ,you will make a hard right turn on Poplar. Entrance will be on left marked with very small sign NWCRG. .4 mile to parking. Trailhead on right marked with low brown bar gate.
The trail is not marked and is not well travelled. However it is more or less an ATV trail that is wide and obvious. In first section you will cross three streams and then head up the ridge. Significant canopy and heavy brush in places. No view to speak of until the top. 2.5 mile to the summit. Approx 1200 ft elevation gain so was moderately strenuous. Very little flat areas on switchbacks to catch your breath. View from top is amazing in all directions. Approx 1 hr 15 min up and 1 hr down. Have fun. You will enjoy it.