Explore the most popular trails near Marshall with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Marshall, North Carolina Map
VIEW FULL MAP
hiking
2 days ago

beautiful river trail

hiking
14 days ago

Very beautiful, super easy hike.

hiking
28 days ago

I am a frequent hiker on this trail during the warm months and have always enjoyed it. Unfortunately in the last month or so it has been totally trashed and just an all around nasty feeling. Always busy in the summer with @out of towners” and their kids. A lot of people choose to let their dog off leash.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed the first half of the hike. The last mile or so isn’t worth it in my opinion; it’s very overgrown and you can’t see the river. I actually prefer this hike in the early spring, before the leaves come in. That way, you get all the pretty views of the river!

very nice trail as long as you're on the Appalachian or the final part. The steep initial climb is at times not even a marked trail (lost the trail a dozen times)

hiking
blowdown
1 month ago

Great trail with the first mile and a half or so wide flat gravel suitable for everyone. Once the gravel ended the trail was still fairly level and quite passable. Turned around at about the 2 1/2 mile mark. Had some low hanging blowdown on the trail but nothing major. Great hike. Will push to end next time. Went on a Sat morning around 8am and crowds were very light.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail. We went all the way to the end. The foundations from the town of Runion were cool to see. The trail gets a little overgrown towards the end. Not much room for others to pass. Train tracks at the end were cool too!

This was a nice trail for sure. Great mileage, great work out, beautiful place. I will be back in the winter. They actually do have this trail quite well marked. However a whole lot of the trail is covered in stinging nettle so beware because that freaking hurts.. That was not enjoyable. We followed the awesomely detailed review by the last person but did the trail clockwise. We were planning on backpacking for one of our dogs first trips but ended up just walking back to the car because the spot you can drive to on the road was basically just an overgrown way too sunny field. We will totally be back though but it’s a better car camping spot. We were hoping for one of the other spots mentioned but did not find it. Probably too overgrown now. There were campfire rings at the two turns for the trails though.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked early on a Sunday morning, a bit muddy from the rain the day prior but very beautiful views of the river. We hiked only about a mile and a half down because we have a 5 and 3 year old - they loved it and we were able to find several places to take off their shoes and let them get their feet wet. It was very secluded, didn’t run into anyone else on the trail. Would definitely recommend this to others.

small trail, very crowded on weekends in June, so it was difficult to find a spot to ourselves. our dogs enjoyed it and it was an incredibly easy trail (we took our old English bulldog and he was fine), but I'd recommend another place,or go during the week, if you want some peace and quiet

hiking
2 months ago

What a fantastic place that is truly “fun for everyone.” It can be hard to find hikes in this area easy enough to bring the family, from very young to not-so-mobile. The very easy gravel trail/gravel driveway is on private lands for the first mile allowing auto access for the owners, but public is allow to walk the path which stays directly along the water. Lots of people bring their lawn chairs and coolers to hang out in the water on a hot summer day. Plenty of areas to wade, fish, swim... you can walk about 7 miles before it dumps into the French broad river. Walk further down or go during the week to get away from the crowds. Oh, and watch out for naked hippies...I’ve seen all sorts of wildlife on my hikes but never ran into naturists before... somewhere around mile 2 it got a little weird!

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is amazing in May. Hiked about 2.5 miles in, swam in the river for an hour. Very easy. Beautiful river views.

been hiking and camping here for over 20 years .very easy trail that ends at the old town of runion where you can see old foundations and a strong hold that was once laurel river logging company. great place for all abilities .... WARNING....several timber rattle snakes have been spotted .my first encounter in 20yrs my son and i got very lucky when one struck at my feet nearly tagging my ankle. Im 5miles from hurricane 2.5 miles from stackhouse with no cell phone service..

on Laurel River Trail

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

This is a hard trail. There is a lot of elevation gain/loss over a relatively short distance. It is beautiful though and worth the work. It is very lightly trafficked, and that is a solid win in my book. I only saw a group of 3 people on the trail on a weekend. This is a primitive area, not a national forest, so don’t expect the trails to be wide and always clearly marked with blazes. Where I had the most trouble were intersections. The trail (May 2019) is fairly well maintained. It looked like maintenance had recently been done. I only came across two trees on the trail. One was small and easy to get under, the other large and easy to get over. I did the loop counter-clockwise. I wanted to spread the elevation gain over a longer distance to save my legs. The next time I go I plan to do it clockwise. The all trails map does not make it clear where the Hickory Fork Trail starts. I was going down the hill directly across from parking and trying to find it. From parking, go right on the road and through the gate. The trailhead is on the left about 25 yards past the gate. It is marked with a post. If you are going to do the loop counter-clockwise – just continue up the road for 2.2 miles. If you choose to go counter-clockwise, here are some tips: -From the parking area, you will continue up the gravel road you came in on for 2.2 miles. That leads to the White Oak Flats Trailhead. It is not a bad walk. - At the White Oaks Flats trailhead (blue rectangular blaze), there is a small stream deep enough to get water if you need. - To the right of this trailhead there is a decent primitive car camping area in a small clearing across the stream. You can drive across the stream to get to it. - At about 4.2 miles in (from the parking area) there is a decent creek for water. I crossed a few smaller ones before but not deep enough to easily scoop water into my filter. - At about 4.3 miles in the trail flattens out and there is an area that is suitable for pitching a tent. You are very near peak elevation at this point too. - After you reach the top and start down, at about 4.7 miles, you’ll come to Pounding Mill Trail (yellow rectangular blaze), this is part of the loop. Hang a left and continue down. I didn’t see a single blaze for this trail on any trees, but it is well established and no chance of getting off it. - At about 5.4 miles in you’ll hang a left onto Hickory Fork Trail (also a yellow blaze). This is also a suitable place to pitch a tent. Multiple trails converge in this area. - The largest waterfall on the loop is at about mile 6.6, again this is assuming you are doing it counter-clockwise.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail right next to a beautiful river. Some parts of the trail are considered private property, there are signs for that. If you want to make it all the way to the French Broad, out and back would be at least two to three hours. We hiked for a little over an hour and didn’t make it before it was getting too late for our schedule and needed to hear back. Also there is a private home or property you pass first thing on the trail, it looks like an old train car and a caboose that was remodeled into a home... interesting! We will come back again! Beautiful river views!

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty trail along the river. Good for most all abilities.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
5 months ago

DO NOT HIKE THIS TRAIL!!! The AT section was beautiful and strenuous but a good hike. Once we took the left after about 7 miles onto Roundtop Ridge Trail (or boundary trail). The next 2 miles were awful with lots of brush and briars and many large fallen trees requiring slow climbing over and around. It was slightly dangerous at times. This trail needs maintenance badly. Apparently a few forest fires in recent years has wrecked it but if it's not going to be maintained, it should be closed before someone gets hurt.

hiking
5 months ago

Love this trail! Easy with great river views! You can definitely see the remnants of all the rain we’ve had from the wood and trash debre from high water flooding.

Okay so a few things. First of all, we did go during the “off-season,” in February, so we didn’t expect the trail to be in tip-top condition, or expect an easy hike because it is rated as “hard/most difficult.” However, there were multiple trees (the leafy parts, not just the trunk) completely blocking the trail that had to be navigated around by going well off-trail. Also, the trail is not very well marked at points, notably about 4.4 miles in at the ridge. Even the original recording shown in the map shows the hiker going off-trail for about half a mile and doubling back. This is because the trail for a while up to this point is nice and wide, but cuts off to the right and abruptly becomes narrow, which wouldn’t be an issue but the nice wide original trail continues on past this point, very slowly becoming less trail and more woods, until you’re just standing in the middle of the woods realizing you haven’t seen a trail marker in a while. This is not the only time this happened, there were 2-3 other times which we were unsure of which way to go. I would highly recommend checking the trail map very regularly during this hike so as not to take a wrong turn, and give yourself PLENTY of time so as not to get caught in the darkness on this oft-confusing trail. On a positive note, the waterfall was gorgeous! As at least one other has said: getting to the base is quite difficult, requiring you to climb down a very steep 15-feet or so, but if you are agile I would highly recommend the attempt as it is well worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Nothing spectacular on this trail, but I always enjoy trails that follow rivers, and this one is relatively flat without too many rocks and roots, so a nice scenic payoff for the amount of effort involved.

hiking
6 months ago

Super easy and very relaxing. We will definitely be back again when it gets warmer just to enjoy it more! Not strenuous and beautiful views of the Laurel River the whole way

Very picturesque hike along the river. Great hike for novices because the trail is pretty flat. Would definitely recommend!

nature trips
8 months ago

Pretty trail, very easy to walk. You park off the side of the highway and immediately come to a fork one along the road and one by the river, they quickly merge into one. It looks like private property but eventually turns into Public. Beautiful small waterfalls that fall down into the trial. Good for dogs. Depends what you are looking for, would Recommend for an easy low key trail with dogs or kids.

Easy hike but long distance for me as a beginner but fun day with Becky

walking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail for a leisurely stroll! I’ve been on this trail numerous times and I am always in awe of the scenery.!

Be prepared for a 2mi unblazed downhill decent

A walk in the park. Only a very beautiful park. A sunny day mid 60’s. Had the entire trail in and out to myself.

Load More