Warren Wilson River Trail [CLOSED]

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Swannanoa, North Carolina

Warren Wilson River Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Swannanoa, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 118 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

running

forest

river

views

wildlife

blowdown

closed

NOTE: It has been reported this trail has temporary closures due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

hiking
10 days ago

Trails remain closed on 5/23/2020

hiking
closed
2 months ago

Closed due to covid-19 as of 4/2/20.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

A great easy hike for you and your pups. You’ll pass through a magical golden bamboo thicket, and find plenty of places to stop and wade or swim in the river. We’ll be back!

3 months ago

Love this trail even though they blocked off the old parking. Now you need to go into Charles D Owens Park to enter.

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Great easy trail with little elevation. Great scenery too

hiking
flooded
muddy
3 months ago

Accessed the trail from Charles D Owen park. Hiked to the Bamboo forest and back. Trail is super muddy and in some parts flooded due to all of the heavy rains and flash flooding. Gorgeous trail though. Can’t wait to hike the whole thing once it dries out.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail along the river. Great for a run or walk. To access park at Owen Park. Swimming hole about 2.5 miles in from Owen park.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail should be taken off this site. It is not available to the public, or at least not accessible in any way. Every possible access is covered with no parking signs, and there really isn’t any parking area anyway. But just to make sure, they put no parking signs along the road every 20 feet or so. Big disappointment. A real shame too, because it looks like a nice walk.

hiking
8 months ago

Parking lot gps takes you to is closed but you can access trail at Charles d owen Park. Use apps trail map to direct you to the trail head once there.

hiking
closed
over grown
private property
9 months ago

Trail area appears closed.

closed
9 months ago

There was literally nowhere to park (as mentioned in previous reviews from last year) so I couldn’t actually make it to the trailhead and went elsewhere to run.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice easy trail along the Swannanoa River. The trail is very narrow near the beginning and I thought, “oh no! But soon it was an open path. It ran along the river and had some nice views of the river along the way. There were a few informational stands on the trail that were very informative. The trail is owned by Warren Wilson College. Beautiful wild flowers and their smells along the way. The best part is a bamboo forest near the last part of the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

I walked the trail and went on to the Dam Pasture trail until I reached Old Farm School Road. I would give the trail itself a 3. The trailhead is overgrown and figuring out where to park is a challenge. There are *a lot* of divergent paths off the trail. That’s not a problem if you can see they are headed to the river and a swimming hole, but it’s a problem if they aren’t. There weren’t any trail markers I could find, so a map is advised (unless you just want to explore the area, which is relatively contained). But the reasons to think this could earn a 4 is because of the cool shade, the beautiful swimming/wading spots and the pasture views. And today I met a lot of really nice people out picnicking, walking their dogs (all were on leashes and I was so thankful-speaking as a dog owner myself), and wading in the Swannanoa River. I really enjoyed the solitude and, then, chatting briefly with others out enjoying the day.

hiking
11 months ago

VA exercise trail

hiking
11 months ago

We went today and trail is fully open and enjoyable

Tue Apr 23 2019

This trail is currently closed due to flooding!!!!!! April 2019

hiking
Wed Jun 27 2018

We went today and the trail was closed on both sides of Warren Wilson Rd, with signs that said a long term closure is expected. I went a bit of the ways up the trail, past the closure signs, just to see, and there are lots of tree falls. According to a friend at WWC, parts of the trail were eradicated when they slid into the river during very bad flooding recently. Not sure what their plans are as far as restoring the trail. :-(

running
Sun Jun 24 2018

Sweet and mellow run along the river. Quite a few downed trees in the path. The obvious parking area is currently closed, and had I need been before, knowing where to park prob would have been confusing.

Mon Jun 11 2018

Very easy trail for the most part. Very enjoyable walk by the Swannanoa River.

Sat May 26 2018

Nice, easy walk through the woods!

hiking
Sun Apr 08 2018

Nice trail with the dogs. The trail head at Charles Owens park can be tricky to find. The doggos loved splashing around in the river. Low traffic this time of year which was a plus as much of the trial isn’t very wide. Was super sad to see invasive bamboo along most of the trail but otherwise beautiful and easy hike.

hiking
Fri Feb 23 2018

Easy trail that follows along the Swannanoa River. About 6 miles round trip. Connects to other trails owned by Warren Wilson College. Ran into some of the Warren Wilson students chillin' and smokin'.

hiking
Sun Dec 03 2017

hiking
Wed Nov 22 2017

very easy hike and great for dogs..be prepared for your puppy to go swimming! can be busy during weekends, but still makes a nice hike

running
Sat Jul 08 2017

great 6 mile out and back if you park at the baseball fields. pretty much flat with twists and turns that often funnel into a single track. several swimming holes along the route and connects to several other trails (although some are private). highly recommend for running or taking a dip in the river.

Mon Jun 19 2017

LOVE this trail. Farmland on one side, river on the other. Easy trail, great for kids, lots of opportunity to play in the river.

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