Summary: This trail begins on the Pulliam Creek Trail off of SR 1802. After 1/2 mile notice wooden boards going down to a water fall on the left. There is also a nice camping area on the right about 3/4 of mile down the trail. Go south on this trail for about 1.2 miles. At this intersection, the Pulliam Trail continues south & east and veers left. Veer right down a steep and slippery trail to the foot of the Green River Narrows. The trail is marked by pink ribbons. Caution: this is an extremely slippery and dangerous route to take, but views of the Green River Rapids are worth the trip.I would not recommend taking any children on this trip and you must be in good shape. There are numerous rocks to sit on for sun bathing or watching the Kayaks come down the rapids. On occasion you will probably see abandoned Kayaks and views of the rapids might explain it.
Trailhead: From I-26 near Hendersonville, take Upward Rd (exit 22) and go east about 1.7 miles to Big Hungry Rd (SR1802). Continue east on SR1802 for about 3 miles and look for a trail head sign for Pulliam Creek Trail on the right. There is a slight area for cars on the right side of the road. If you cross a bridge, you've gone to far by 100 meters. (Lat:35.17 Lon:-82.19)
Trail Guides for Green River Narrows:
North Carolina Hiking Trails
by Allen de Hart (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: NC Division of Forest Resources. 1-828-251-6509
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Tom Duchac, who has posted 23 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by BR on 12/9/2012
Did the hike today. You don't have to take the steep trail down to the River, you can keep walking to green river cove trail & that will take you down to the river's edge for great scenery. We did about 10 miles in & back. Had a 7 yr old engliish spaniel, 2 yr old austrian labdoole&12 yr old 60 lb lab...all did great. We turned around before the end of the trail wasn't sure where it actually came out. Nice walking trail no extreme grade changes, beautiful Mtn laurel, Rhodes, moss covered rocks, Christmas ferns& beautiful boulder droppings.
Reviewed by Lifesabeauty on 10/2/2012
Great hike, rather short depending on time spent at the river and falls. As with previous posts, a bit tricky to find, just be sure to cross the first bridge, trail is before the second bridge. If your dog or child is super agile, should not be a problem. I opted not to bring my 7yr old lab, she's a great trail dog, but I believe she would have had some difficulty. Plan on going early if you want to catch kayakers. Also, as a side note, several apple picking options if you happen to go September/October! I would rate this trail easy to moderate.
Reviewed by ML on 8/19/2012
Please don't let previous posts minimize the difficulty of this hike. The first 20 minutes are quite easy, very clean trail, easy walk. Then...the drop down to the river...80-90% grade for about 1/8 of a mile. You can be assisted by ropes that are tied to trees which help. You are going over roots but after a rain I could see this being very slippery. Once at the bottom, nice view of the rapids. Kayakers are fun to watch. If you travel a bit up the river, there is a better view. REMEMBER...you have to go back up the steep grade that got you down there. I made the mistake of not knowing this hike and came without water and food. Be sure you take a rest and get your nourishment and hydration back up before ascending.
Reviewed by Karl on 5/22/2012
Awesome hike on Saturday 5/19, 2012. Yes difficult getting down to the river but well worth it! Just like previous comments - it is about 4.2 miles once you turn onto Big Hungry Rd. Trailhead is near the telephone pole, parking for just a few cars. Once on the trail there is one water crossing about 1/2 way to the turn off to the right & down to the water. Trail continues on straight. Good ropes and a very steep grade down to the water. We always try to find waterfall hikes and this one puts you right into the fast water. I could not believe the kayakers!! Crazy!!
Reviewed by HD on 5/19/2012
Slightly hard to find. If you're coming from 26 onto Big Hungry Rd, make sure you pass over 1 bridge and then it's right before the next one. Trail goes down to the right and you cross over a log bridge, like earlier described. I took my lab-sized dog who had a blast, but it was tricky in some parts going down to the river because I couldn't exactly pick him up and carry him over a rough spot or two. Not sure if I would recommend it for larger dogs or kids. Great hike though and absolutely gorgeous!
Reviewed by bob smith on 1/17/2012
Trailhead directions pretty sketchy. Would have been nice to mention the proper distance to the milepost, that it's before the SECOND bridge, and correct GPS coordinates (the ones listed put you in SC according to google maps). We never found the trail but bush-whacked down the big hungry river for a little while. Looks like there are some nice swimming holes there as well. Thanks RLH for clearing that up.
Reviewed by Adam on 9/16/2010
Wow, I live in Flat Rock and just did this hike the other night. The hike to the "drop" was very easy, gradual downhill and then back uphill for a while. The parking area was hard to find but as described in other reviews. My sister-in-law, her daughters(2 and 4), and another 4 yr old went with my wife and I. At the drop we put them on our backs (not the safest, but I am writing this now so...) and made the journey down the hill. The river was sweet. My fav part was watching my 4 yr niece hike back out! What a hiker! She hiked almost the whole way back. Definately reccomend to a friend and a very difficult hike due to the last part (down to the river)
Reviewed by TWS on 9/6/2010
Review by RLH was really helpful. 4.3 miles on Big Hungry Rd - then small parking area on right. Beautiful hike - main trail is lovely, pretty easy to moderate. But taking the trail down to right to the Narrows is super steep on the way down and thus pretty crazy steep on the way back up! All in all, well worth the trip. Saw tons of kayakers coming down the Narrows (some better than others!). Overall strenuous hike.
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