Walker Creek Trail

HARD 9 reviews
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Walker Creek Trail is a 4.1 mile loop trail located near Barnardsville, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1276 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

horseback riding

river

Directions from Burnsville, NC: Travel east on 19E for .5 mile and turn right on SR 197 (south). Stay on this road through Pensacola and Cane River Gap to Barnardsville, about 25 miles. The road is paved then changes to gravel and then pavement again. Turn left at the intersection of SR 197 and SR 2173 (Dillingham Road) and follow this road, which becomes gravel and Forest Service Road 74. Follow it for .4 mile to a road on the right. This road has a bulletin board visible from Forest Road 74. Follow this road for .6 mile to a pull-off on the right. The trail is about 50 feet up the road on the left. Do not drive beyond the pull-off, it is private property.

hiking
3 months ago

I gave this hike a one star because the trail isn't marked. We ended up going 2 miles off course and even with gps on, we still couldn't find the loop. When you come to Big Ivy at the end of Walker Creek, there is no sign pointing you in a direction. We ended up getting on Big Ivy Road, turning right, following that awhile and hooked up on stair creek trail for the decent down. On the decent down, there were a couple of trails off Stair Creek, but again they weren't marked and it's anyone's guess where those go.
As far as difficulty and technicality, the trail definitely had
some good climbs up without switchbacks. The decent down on Stair Creek was straight down, no switchbacks and rocky, so it was technical. Also, this is a horse trail as well, so there's plenty of manure on the trail. There wasn't a good view or waterfall to make this trail worth the trouble. Pass this one up and continue on to Brevard.

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely not a walk in the park. Very secluded saw only two people. Loved the sound of the falls while hiking.

3 months ago

Good hike.. Up hill for half down for the other.

7 months ago

8 months ago

Monday, February 29, 2016

hiking
Monday, February 01, 2016

Very nice trail through Big Ivy. It wasn't terribly difficult, but it definitely got our hearts pumping. The untouched snow along the ridgetops was quite beautiful.

hiking
Saturday, December 12, 2015

hiking
Sunday, February 09, 2014

Had a great time on this trail. It has some pretty steep climbs but overall a great hike and dog friendly. If you wear barefoot shoes be warned that this trail is very rocky.