Walker Creek Trail

HARD 14 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.

4.1 miles
1,230 feet

dogs on leash


horseback riding

mountain biking


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.

1 month ago

Trail is well worn but POORLY marked. (So minus 1 star) Was difficult to find the trail head and not a lot of eye candy. (Minus another star) over all a decent hike. I would not rate it a hard hike for anyone who is in decent health as it was accomplished by two 5 yr olds without any issues. However, there are some steady inclines to accomplish. I plan to do this trail again when the leaves have fallen to see if the views improve.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

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

Saturday, June 03, 2017

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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