Harper’s Creek

Location: Northwest North Carolina
Trip Starts: NC 1328
Trip Ends: NC 1328
Total Distance: 4 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Trails Used: Harper’s Creek Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
More Information:

Pisgah National Forest
Wilson Creek Recreation Area
Route 1, Box 110A
Nebo, NC 28761
(704) 652-2144


This short backtrack hike starts just off NC 1328 south of the Mortimer Recreation Area and climbs a ridge, descends to Harper’s Creek, then climbs again passing by a beautiful waterfall with a spur trail to the left. Although we backtracked out, another option is to loop back to the trailhead using the Raider’s Camp Trail which is due south of the Harper’s Creek Trail. There are excellent swimming holes on Harper’s Creek, and some scattered campsites along the stream.

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