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Cherokee County North Carolina Hiking Trails
Neighboring County

The Rockhouse Creek Trail, which is a Clay County North Carolina Hiking Trail, is an easy drive from Murphy, in Cherokee County.

Rockhouse Creek Trail

Clay County, North Carolina

Length: 2.3 miles

This large remote basin is outlined by a horseshoe-shaped rim of densely forested mountains rising to over 5000 feet. Fires Creek drains the basin and the 5240 foot Tusquitee Bald crowns its rugged steep terrain. Most trails connect to the Rim Trail, which follows the ridgeline around the basin. Some Rim Trail sections are for hiking only.


Travel about 10 miles east of Murphy, on US 64. Turn left onto SR 1301; at river crossing, turn right onto SR 1300 and follow it to SR 1344. Turn left and proceed to FR 340, Fires Creek Road, at the national forest boundary. Parking for horse trailers is available at the hunters camp on the left past the boundary and at roadside pull offs along FR 340. Additional parking is available across from the Bristol Horse Camp.

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