Yancey Ridge Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
#82 of 150 trails in

Yancey Ridge Trail is a 13.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Collettsville, North Carolina that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

13.8 miles
4,327 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



trail running


An excellent trail beginning at Old House Gap as FS 4062, turning to single track and following the ridge all the way down to Roseboro Rd right near Edgemont.

3 months ago

this is #258 Wilson Creek and 258a Wilson Creek spur on the WNC trail guide. Lots of downed trees when we went, gets narrow and not well blazed but easy to follow. A couple hidden waterfalls if you don't mind going of trail a bit.

9 months ago

Lots of up and down and rocks and roots but enjoyable 7 mile hike all to ourselves!

Monday, July 17, 2017

This trail was beautiful with Rhododendrons lining the it. In summer the scenery is right in front of you- the trees surrounding you; we loved the rain forest feel, but there was limited wind, so the bugs were out pretty heavy. The trail is hard to follow in areas- I'd highly suggest a GPS with preloaded trails so you can follow this trail. The starting point All trails takes you to is pretty remote, but it's great for getting away from people. There's a dog before you start driving down into the woods, but it's harmless.
Not a ton of camping spots, but there are some. This trail is probably best when the leaves are at their peak in the fall or wintertime when there's no leaves, so you can see the mountains surrounding you, although summer was pretty.
This isn't my favorite trail, but I'd give it 4 stars because it's not easy to follow.
The hike back is a monster, but once you're done you feel accomplished.

trail running
Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Great trail and I'm surprised that it isn't on the official map. The trail is very sustainable other than the last mile down to Roseboro Rd. The upper and lower parts of the trail offer great views of Grandfather and the NC 181 corridor.

8 months ago

Saturday, January 28, 2017