Summary: Although this trail dose not provide any scenic views, it's close to Asheville and provides some good exercise. Wildflowers are common in the Spring along with the many Dogwoods that line the wildlife clearing's (known as Fletcher Fields). The stream is a NativeTrout Stream and has numerous small Native Rainbow. The bulk of the elevation gain is in the first 2.5 Mi. making this some good up hill exercise. I do not recommend you taking your dog as this is a popular Mountain Bike trail, dogs and bikes do not mix well. The best time to hike the trail is during week days, as there are quite a number of bikes on it during the weekend. This loop is described in NC Hiking Trails, along with other trails in the area. You will have no trouble following this trail as it is well used and obvious. Refer to the driving directions to locate the start of the trail, after this you will have no problems.
Trailhead: From W. Asheville take Brevard RD. (becomes NC-191) south for 13 Mi. to N. Mills River Rd. (SR-1345). Turn right here continue to N. Mills river campground, about 5 Mi. just as you enter the campgrpground, FRS-479 turns Right up the mountain, drive about 2 Mi. to make a Left on FRS-142. Continue to the dead end this is the parking area,if you face the two gated roads the one on your right is where the trail starts. Do not follow the road, look for the trailhead just as you enter the road to your Right. (Lat:35.42034 Lon:-82.65705)
Trail Guides for Fletcher Creek Loop:
North Carolina Hiking Trails (third edition)
by Allen de Hart (Appalachain Mountain Club Books.)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: District Ranger, Pisgah Ranger District, 1-828-877-3265
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Steve Owen, who has posted 11 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Eric on 9/7/2005
I have not hiked here but would like to eventually. The reason for this post is to point out that the "native" trout stream does hold wild rainbow trout. Unfortunately, they are not native (introduced in late 1800's) but do reproduce naturally.
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