Clay County North Carolina Hiking Trails
Fires Creek Rim Trail
Nantahala National Forest, the 23.4 mile Fires Creek Rim Trail travels
along the rim around Fires Creek Wildlife Management Area and is marked
(sparsely) with a blue blaze. Available for both hiking and
horseback riding, Fire's Creek Rim Trail offers several side trail and
access roads, but is normally traveled (if traveling by foot) from the
Fire's Creek Picnic Area along the trail to
Leatherwood Falls. Upon reaching Leatherwood Falls, Fire's Creek Rim
Trail travels right as it climbs to the ridge. For a short walk turn left at
the falls and travel 0.7 miles to the parking area.
Trails and Peaks along Fires Creek Rim Trail include:
- Big Stamp (4,337') to Weatherman Bald (4,960'), 5.4 miles, with an
average hiking time of 4 hours.
- Weatherman Bald to Tusquitee Bald (5,240'), 1.9 miles with an
average hiking time of 2.5 hours.
- Tusquitee Bald to Chestnut Stump Knob (4,400'), 2.6 miles with an
average hiking time of 3 hours.
- Chestnut Stump Knob to Carver Gap (2,996'), 3.5 miles with an
average hiking time of 3.5 hours.
- Carver Gap to Hunter Camp (1,800') 3.75 miles with an average
hiking time of 2 hours.
To reach Fire's Creek Rim Trail
Hayesville North Carolina, on US 64W, take NC 1301 northeast 3
miles to NC 1300. Travel west along NC1300 to FR 1344 (at the sign for
Fire's Creek). Travel north 1.6 miles to Fire's Creek parking area.
Murphy North Carolina, travel east along US 64 towards Hayesville
for 9 miles and turn left onto NC 1300. Continue north along NC 1300 for 4
miles and turn onto NC 1344, which will become Forest Service Road 340.