This trail-essentially a loop-is a nice family hike with a variety of vegetation types and scenery. The trail initially follows Starnes Branch amidst large hemlock trees. After crossing the branch, the trail becomes moderate in difficulty and makes a rather constant climb to a higher and drier sideslope. Take heart, because in a less than a mile the trail levels out, winding in and out of several drainages.
In the fall and winter, there are some nice views, which are more easily enjoyed when hiking in this direction (rather than starting at the eastern trailhead): They include Pilot Mountain, the lush Davidson River valley, and glimpses of the French Broad River valley and Schenck Job Corps Center. The last ½ mile is a fairly steep descent back to US 276. Upon reaching the highway at the trail's eastern trailhead, walk alongside the highway for 200 yards to return to the suspension bridge.
Trail length: 3 miles
Posted by Guest on November 26, 2009
Trail System Pisgah National Forest: Brevard
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