Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Vancliff Loop Trail via Rocky Bluff Campground

moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(11)
Pisgah National Forest

Vancliff Loop Trail via Rocky Bluff Campground is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hot Springs, North Carolina and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and camping. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 784 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Camping

Hiking

Running

Description
Waypoints (0)

The trailhead is located at the southern end of the campground beyond and below campsite #4. After a short ways walking west, you'll come to a fork in the trail. Stay right, following the yellow blazes. After you cross the highway you'll begin a long, moderate climb on an old logging road paralleling the creek. After about 3/4 mile, you turn left to cross the creek using a moss-covered log bridge. You'll wander through the forest, gradually climbing to the high point at about 2450' elevation. After that you start a long downhill hike, occasionally following other logging roads that cross the area. After crossing the highways again and descending a fairly steep set of steps, you have a short hike to the trail junction mentioned previously. From there, it's a short way back to the campground.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (12)
Photos (4)
Recordings (8)
Completed (23)
Andre Beaudry
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 18, 2020
HikingOver grown

The trail starts with a short climb from the parking lot to the road. Few trees are down across the trail. After crossing the road you climb non stop until you turn left and cross a creek on primitive bridge. After walking through an overgrown section you reach the top of the trail. The way down is very gentle and well maintained. On a Saturday morning in July we saw no one. Great trail

Tara Komlo
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 26, 2020
HikingBlowdown

Great hike! It wasn’t too difficult for us. Had some beautiful stream crossings. Didn’t see a soul out here in the age of Corona

View Tara's Recording
Michael Foster
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 1, 2020
Hiking

This is a very nice loop trail, starting at the campground and culminating, after a bit of a climb, near the top of a mountain overlooking the Spring Creek valley. Great views during the winter, but the heavy tree cover may limit the views the rest of the year. Some nice small waterfalls and cascades. We hiked on New Years Day and didn't see a sole on the entire loop, so we really enjoyed the peacefulness. Note that the other review listed under Vancliff Loop is not for this trail.

Clark Corwin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 1, 2006

Hiked the John Wasilik Memorial Poplar Tree! Quiet walk. Trail is in some disrepair. The plaque is missing. This is the 2nd largest Poplar Tree in Eastern USA. Mr. Wasilik was a Forest Service Ranger that came to North Carolina in the 1930's to work in a Civilian Conservation Corps camp and stayed through his retirement. I met him in the 1960's and he was a real delightful man and an asset to Macon County. Check out some of the other areas such as Rainbow Springs. Many wildflowers and springs!

Joel Katz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 15, 2003
First to Review

Very nice camp ground, and really good hiking all around that area. Don't forget to go to Laurel and Moody falls just down the road from the camp ground. Both very easy hikes and worth the time and effort. If you are a camper, this is a good place to camp in the North Carolina Mountains.

Jaydeep Dhar
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 2, 2020
Hiking
View Jaydeep's Recording
Aj Azqueta
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 21, 2020
Hiking
View Aj's Recording
Leigh S.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 7, 2020
Hiking
View Leigh's Recording
Leigh S.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 28, 2020
Hiking
View Leigh's Recording
Paul Bursick
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 16, 2020
Hiking
View Paul's Recording
Zach Drake
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 9, 2019
Hiking
View Zach's Recording
Ricky Bobby
Gray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 14, 2017
Hiking
View Ricky's Recording