Summary: Start the trail by heading south on the Pulliam Creek Trail. About .3 miles down the trail you will come to an intersecting trail with the sign that reads "Rock Hop Trail". Take this down hill and to the east. Follow the Bishop Branch Creek for about 1/2 mile. You will have to cross the creek twice and both stream crossings are relatively easy. Along the way there are at least two major wildlife clearings. The trail is well maintained and there a few small waterfalls. At the end of the 1st clearing, go left or north. This becomes the Bishop Branch Trail. Take this until it intersects SR 1802. Hike back up the road about 1/4 mile back to the start of the Pulliam Creek Trail.
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. The start of Rock Hop Trail is about .3 miles down the Pulliam Creek Trail and is well marked. (Lat:35.17 Lon:-82.19)
Trail Guides for Rock Hop Trail Loop:
North Carolina Hiking Trails
by Allen de Hart (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: NC Division of Natural 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 Russ on 9/30/2007
Pulliam Creek trail is hard to find. Look for a telephone pole with an old necktie (striped) tied to it. A slight pullout is located next to the pole and there is a split log bridge immediately over a creek. Rock Hop and Pulliam Creek trails are both a delight to hike. The directions are pretty close to correct.
Reviewed by Jack on 8/13/2005
Actually, the directions are correct. You just can't see the Pulliam Creek Trail sign from the road at all (in summer, anyway). You have to park, walk along and look for a small path and the footbridge.
Reviewed by Paul on 6/20/2005
These directions are NOT correct. There are no trail markers 100m before the bridge. We drove around for a half hour and ended up hiking a short distance down the trail right by the bridge (ok trail, but no good for 2 yr old). The trailhead for the Pulliam Creek Trail is another 2.6miles (according to another website) BEYOND the bridge on Big Hungry Rd. I could find no additional references online to the "Rock Hop Trail." I think he might be referring to Bishop Branch Trail which is further down that road. Check out http://eco-wnc.org/grg/brochure.htm#bishopbranch for better info.
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