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Haywood County North Carolina Hiking Trails

Groundhog Creek Trail

Rated moderate/strenuous, the 2.4 mile Groundhog Creek Trail is available for both hikers and horseback riders. Although Groundhog Creek Trail terminates at I-40, parking is illegal, the trail should therefore be accessed via the Appalachian Trail or Rube Rock Trail. Traveling along Groundhog Creek, Groundhog Creek Trail may be traveled from either it's intersection with Rube Rock Trail or the AT. A 9.5 mile loop may be formed by combining Groundhog Creek Trail, Appalachian Trail or Rube Rock Trail. If hiking a loop, it is best to start at the Rube Rock Trail.

Groundhog Creek Shelter is located .2 miles from the intersection of Groundhog Creek Trail and the AT. Water is available along the trail and at the shelter.

To reach Groundhog Creek Trail from Hot Springs North Carolina, travel south along NC 209 for 7.5 miles to NC 1175 and turn right. Continue along NC 1175 for 4 miles to NC 1181 and turn right. Travel along NC 1181 to the intersection of NC 1182 and turn left. Follow NC 1182 to the next right and turn onto Cold Springs Road (Forest Service Road 148). Continue along FR 148 to the Harmon Den Parking Area. Just past the parking area turn right onto FR 148A and continue to the top of the ridge where the AT crosses the road. Access the trail by traveling along the Appalachian Trail for 2.9 miles.

Forest Road 148 may also be accessed from I-40 via the Harmon Den Exit.

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